Obituaries

Pike County IL


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A.W. BARTON ,79, of Pleasant Hill, a retired drug store owner, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1992 in his winter home in Winter Haven, Fla. Born July 15, 1912 in Pleasant Hill, Mr. Barton was a son of Elva T. and Sarah Stewart Barton. He and his wife owned and operated Barton's Drug Store in Pleasant Hill for 30 years, retiring in 1977. He attended Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Lion's Club. On Feb. 25, 1941, he married Virginia M. Shive in Bowling Green, MO. She survives. Survivors also include a son, Richard of Glen Ellyn. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Services were conducted Fri. afternoon, in the Ward Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Frances Brown. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Association or to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

ALTA BELLE (GRAY) BARTON ,67, of Blandinsville, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died at 3:10 pm Mon., Nov. 27, 1989 in her home. Mrs. Barton was born Sept. 4, 1922 in Rockport, a daughter of James F. and Lily Harrison Gray. She married Logan Barton Jan. 24, 1945, in Bowling Green, MO. He died Jan. 14, 1987. Mrs. Barton was a member of the Atlas Church of God. She and her husband operated the Twin Pike Motel near Atlas for many years. Survivors include her step-mother, Fanny Gray of Hubert, OK; a son, Mark of Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Fester of Girard; 2 brothers, Otto Gray of Colchester and Orin Gray of Des Moines, IA; a half brother, Paul Gray of Nowata, OK; 3 sisters, Ima Womble of Pittsfield; Mildred Sims of Louisiana, MO, Ruth Collins of Piedmont, MO; 2 half sisters, Dora Jackson of Hubert, OK and Ann Berry of Bartlesville, OK; and 3 grandchildren, Greg and Jennifer Fester of Girard and Crystal Barton of Pleasant Hill. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers.Services were conducted at 2 pm Thurs. in the Ward Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by Brother Norman Conklin. Burial was in the Crescent Heights Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Association.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ALVA CLINTON BARTON ,77, Pleasant Hill, was found dead in his home Thurs. morning, May 9, 1968 by his niece, Mrs. Cleo Schlieper of Pittsfield, who called at his home. He was seated at the kitchen table and had apparently just prepared his Wednesday night's meal. He had been afflicted with a heart ailment for several years. Mr. Barton was born in Pleasant Hill township, July 19, 1890, a son of William and Fanny Alice Turnbeaugh. He had engaged in farming his whole life until he retired and moved to Pleasant Hill. He had never married. Mr. Barton was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Christian church at Nebo. He was the last of his family. Survivors are nieces and nephews. Services were held in Ward Funeral chapel Sun. afternoon at 2 with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery. Funeral services for Beach Barton, retired farmer of Nebo, were held at 2:30 pm Monday at Nebo Baptist Church with a former Nebo pastor, Rev. Floyd Hamilton of LaBelle, MO, officiating. Interment was in Nebo cemetery. Ward Funeral Home was in charge. Mr. Barton, 81, died at 3:45 pm Saturday, March 28, 1970 in Pike County Hospital, Louisiana, MO following an extended illness. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Born at Pleasant Hill Dec. 25, 1888, Beach Barton was the son of Beach and Alice Galloway Barton. On Aug. 1, 1909, at Nebo he was married to Neva V. Killebrew, who preceded him in death in 1967. Survivors include 3 sons and 2 daughters, Finis Barton of Pleasant Hill, Dallas of Nebo and Lyle of Pittsfield, Mrs. Eugene (Lovene) McGuire of Clayton, MO and Mrs. William (Melva Ree) Melton of Victorville, CA. There are 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also surviving are 3 sisters and 1 brother: Mrs. Stella Webster of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Mary Spangler of Dahlgren, Mrs. Minnie Guthrie of Pittsfield and Ched Barton of Bowling Green, MO.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

CATHARINE A. (PEILE) BARTON , 50, of Hannibal, Mo., and formerly of the El Dara community, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. She was born Dec. 10, 1959, in Louisiana, Mo., to Richard and Agnus Norton Peile. She married Jeff Barton on Nov. 1, 2007 in Hannibal, Mo., and he survives. Cathy graduated from Barry High School in 1978 and then attended Gem City College following graduation. She worked at the Mark Twain Casino near LaGrange, Mo., as the Human Resource Manager. She was a member of the Elks Lodge in Hannibal, Eagles Lodge in Canton, Mo., and a board member of the Illinois Polled Herford Association. She attended St. John Lutheran Church in Hannibal, Mo., and the Zion Lutheran Church in Liberty. Cathy loved collecting antiques, gardening and working in the yard, sand volleyball and vacationing in the Caribbean. She also raised and showed cattle for 35 years. She was a loving wife and mother who will be greatly missed by her family. Survivors include her parents; her husband; two sons, Chad and Drew Janssen of Liberty; a daughter, Erika Janssen of Hannibal, Mo.; two stepsons, Joshua Barton of Mission, Kan., and Kalen Barton of Hannibal, Mo.; and a stepdaughter, Jessica Barton of Center, Mo., survive along with Silvio Nella Siria of Miami, who was an exchange student and like a son to her. Also surviving are two stepgrandchildren, Jace Barton and Jaxen Lake; a brother, Rick (wife, Kathy) Peile of Pittsfield; and a sister, Chris (husband, Mike) Hurrelbrink of Winchester along with several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. Visitation will be on Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at West Cemetery in Pittsfield following the service. Memorials are suggested to the Am Cancer Society or Pike Co 4-H Foundation or Donor’s Choice. The Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling the arrangements
Contributed by Billie Browning

CHERIE J. (HENRY) BARTON , 76, of rural Pittsfield, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at her home near Pittsfield. Born Oct.10,1932 near Pleasant Hill, she was a daughter of Russell and Naomi Craigmiles Henry. She married Richard D. Barton Feb.10,1951 at Pittsfield by the Rev. Homer Brown. Cherie was a faithful member of the Independence Christian Church where she played the piano for services for over 40 years. She also organized the Christmas and Easter programs and directed the choir. Cherie enjoyed sewing,cross stich,crossword puzzles,her flower gardens,going to all her grandchildren's school events, shopping with her daughter's,communicating with her friends by email and most of all playing the piano. Survivors: her husband Dick Barton, thre sons, Russell (wife, Terry) Barton of Bloomington, Richard "Rick" (special friend Robin Callihan) Barton of Pittsfield, and Daniel (Carol) Barton of Cisne,Il., 2 daughters, Mrs. Rebecca(Kevin) Lowe of Virden,Il., and Christine (Garry) Browning of Pittsfield., one brother Rick Henry of West Plains,Mo.,2 sisters, Madge Ogle of Victoria,Texas., and Suzanne Livingston of Boerne,Texas. 19 grandchildren, Leah Barton Downs, Devin Barton,,Kelsey Barton,,Tyler,Kurtis and Carter Lowe, Courtney McLearin,Carrie O'Brian,Katie Roemer, Mindy Browning Goewey, Amy and Angie Browning, Tom Barton, Kayla Barton Hough, Rachel and Rebekah Barton, Jonathan Crawford,,Krista Finger and,Jessica Walker. And 13 great grandchildren. Preceeded by a son Thomas Jay Barton and 2 brothers,Russell Henry and Phillip Henry in infancy. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Bro. Jim Borman officiating. Burial will be at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Billie Browning from the Pike Press

CLARA ELAINE (HARPOLE) BURBRIDGE BARTON - Graveside services for Mrs. Clara Elaine Barton, 68, of Orange, CA, formerly of Pike County, who died Tuesday, July 18, 1972 at 8:30 am in Buena Park, CA will be held Saturday at 3:30 pm in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. The Rev. Jim Brookhart will officiate. The Ward Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Barton was born in Pike County, Sept. 9, 1903, a daughter of James and Ida McLaughlin Harpole. She married Watson Burbridge. He preceded her in death. She married John Barton. He preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 sons, Lavelle Burbridge of Orange and Lynn Burbridge of East Moline; a brother, Kenneth Harpole of Illinois and six grandchildren.

DALLAS B. BARTON , 84, Nebo, IL, died at 1:25 am on June 6, 2013, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL. He was born July 21, 1928, in Nebo, Illinois, a son of Beach and Neva Killebrew Barton. He married Lillian Harpole on Nov. 1, 1946 and she survives. Dallas was a lifelong farmer in Pike County, farming first with his father and then later with his son. He was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church and served as a Deacon for over 50 years and a Sunday School teacher for 60 years. He also served on the Nebo Cemetery Board, was a Spring Creek Township Trustee, Moderator of the Bay Creek Baptist Association and was 2012 Vin Fiz Grand Marshall. Survivors include three children, Carol (Phil) Freesmeyer of Hamburg, IL; Brenda (Max) Middendorf of Pittsfield, IL; and David (Debbie) Barton of Nebo, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Janeen) Freesmeyer, Hamburg, IL; Jeremy (Carrie) Freesmeyer, Pittsfield, IL;, Jason (Amber) Freesmeyer, Hamburg, IL; Craig (Rachel) Lacy, Pittsfield, IL; Abby (John) Rheinecker, Quincy, IL ; Dr. Jennifer Barton, Banning, CA; Austin Barton, Nebo, IL and Mitchell Barton, Nebo, IL; nine great grandchildren , Isaiah Freesmeyer, Kenlea Freesmeyer, Ashton Freesmeyer, Willow Freesmeyer, Jaden Freesmeyer, Clay Freesmeyer, Kenton Freesmeyer, Kaleb Freesmeyer and Kade Freesmeyer, and another granddaughter due in August; a brother, Lyle (Blanche) Barton, Nebo, IL; a sister, Melva Ree Melton, Victorville, CA; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lovene DeGuire; St. Louis, MO; and a brother, Finis Barton, Pittsfield, IL Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Nebo Baptist Church with Rev. David Hamilton and Rev. Mike Rutledge officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Interment will be in the Nebo Cemetery. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the services.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

"DICK" RICHARD BARTON , 81 of Pittsfield passed away Friday, August 30, 2013 at Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Dick was born on May 25, 1932 in Nebo, IL, a son of Wayne and Velma Sheppard Barton. He married his high school sweetheart, Cherie J. Henry on February 10, 1951 in Pittsfield, IL. Cherie preceded him in death on April 11, 2009. Dick retired in 1987 from Panhandle Eastern after thirty-six years as a welder. He was a member of the Independence Christian Church. He loved to collect, buy and sell old tractors, restoring several along the way. Dick always had horses at his home along with other animals and in his earlier years he participated in horse shows. For many years he did welding out of his home and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. His most enjoyment was his grandkids which he greatly loved. He is survived by his children; Russell (Terry) Barton of Bloomington; Richard “Rick” Barton of Pittsfield; Daniel (Carol) Barton of Pittsfield; Rebecca (Kevin) Lowe of Virden, IL and Christine (Garry) Browning of Pittsfield. Nineteen grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren in addition to extended family members survive. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Cherie, a son, Thomas Jay Barton, sister, Donna Grady, two brothers, Bill and Gillis Barton. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with interment in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Independence Christian Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.
Contributed by Billie Browning

DON BARTON , 76, of Galesburg, died Sunday, July 17, 1983 at St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg. He was born in Pleasant Hill, Dec. 14, 1906, a son of William and Maude Hillman Barton. He married Lola Calkins in Rock Island Sept. 2, 1933. She survives. He worked as a pattern maker for Gross Galesburg Co., and later for Protexall. He retired in 1974, after more than 30 years of employment. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and was a member of Ralph Noble Post 285, American Legion. He was a past member of the Moose Lodge. He had played semi-professional baseball in several different leagues. He was of the Methodist faith. Funeral services were held July 20 at 11:00 am in Foley-Watson Mortuary in Galesburg with Rev. David Wence officiating. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Garden, Galesburg.

DONNABELLE MARIE (THOMPSON) BARTON , 83, of Pinellas Park, Fla. and formerly of Pittsfield, died Monday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2001, at North Side Hospital in Pinellas Park, Fla. Born Sept. 10, 1918 near Atlanta, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Mona Bishop Thompson. She married Milo E. Barton on Nov. 21, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas. He survives but will not be able to attend the service due to illness. Also surviving are one daughter, Karen Bucklew (husband William) of Quincy; one son, David Barton (wife Barbara) of Highland; one sister, Bernadine Houghton of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Jim Thompson (wife Marian) of Atlanta; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister in infancy. Mrs. Barton was a graduate of Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Ill. and attended nurses' training in Lincoln. She was a registered nurse, working in Illini Hospital in Pittsfield for many years. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, cooking, and loved to travel.. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at Pittsfield West Cemetery with Rev. John Ruzich officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

DORIS E. BARTON , 65, of Washington, died Monday morning, Jan. 5, 1998 at her residence. Born Jan. 7, 1932 in Pike County, she was a daughter of Raymond G. and Norma Hobbs Garrison. She married Jimmy L. Barton on April 7, 1951 in Corinth, Mississippi. He survives. She is also survived by one son, Jay Barton of Bartonville; 2 daughters, Dedra Burns of East Peoria; and Mrs. William (Shelley)Lewis of Bolingbrook; four grandchildren; one brother, Wade Garrison of Pleasant Hill; and one sister, Vera Jacobs of Waverly. She was a member of Valley Lakes Country Club in Mossville and had worked at Caterpillar for 30 years, retiring in 1981. Visitation will be today from 6-8 pm and services will be held Thurs. Jan. 8, 1998 at 10:30 am at the Remmert Funeral Home with David Nowland officiating. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.

DOROTHY BARTON - Mrs. Ched B. Barton of Bowling Green, MO, died Thurs. morning, March 23, 1972, at Pike County Hospital in Louisiana, MO. Dorothy Barton was born Aug. 7, 1899 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Milton and Laura Capps. She was united in marriage to Chedister B. Barton of Pleasant Hill on March 16, 1919. She is survived by her husband, Ched; 1 daughter, Mrs. John (Donna) Chamberlain; and 1 son, Warren W. Barton; 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson, all of Bowling Green, MO. She also leaves 7 sisters; Mrs. Douglas Dowd, Mrs. Roy Welch, Mrs. Sidney James, Mrs. Russell Blaine, Mrs. Ralph Fish, all of Calif., Mrs. Elizabeth Kilby of Louisiana, MO and Mrs. Dudley (Mary) Larson of Milwaukee, WI, 2 brothers, Donald Capps of Alton and Carl Capps of Calton, CA. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Paul, while serving in Germany and Lawrence (Buddy), serving with the Infantry in WW II, 1 brother, Clyde Capps, of Kampsville and her parents.

DOROTHY EILEEN (SMITH) BARTON - Services for Mrs. Dorothy Eileen Barton, 52, of rural Pleasant Hill, who died Saturday (July 15, 1972) at 8 a.m. in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Baptist Church at Nebo with the Rev. Ken Neeley officiat­ing. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery here. The daughter of Harvey and Goldie Ford Smith, Mrs. Barton was born at Nebo, July 31, 1919. She was married Oct. 16, 1938. at Bowling Green, Mo., to Finis B. Barton. Mrs. Barton was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother. Surviving are the husband; her father; a stepmother, Mrs. Dora Smith: a son, Berkley Barton of Monticello, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Joyce) Clarkson, of Toledo, Ohio; two brothers, Logan Smith of Sarasota, Fla., and James H. Smith of Nebo, and four grandchildren
Contributed by Billie Browning

EDNA M. (CLAUS) BARTON , 97, of Liberty Village in Pittsfield, died late Sun. evening, July 14, 2002, in the nursing home. She was born May 31, 1905 in Atlas to the late Frank and Marietta Dodge Claus. She married Merlyn Barton on July 30, 1927 in Louisiana, MO and he preceded her in death in 1979. Surviving are 1 son, Glenn Barton (wife JoAnn) of Pittsfield; 5 grandchildren, Mike Barton (wife Maggie) of Riverton, Craig Hayden (wife JoAnn) of Quincy, Don Barton of Quincy, Sue Worrell (husband David) of Thorntown, IN, and Diana Elftmann (husband Jim) of St. Joseph; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law, Veda Springer; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 daughter, Josephine Hayden, 2 grandsons, Ronnie Barton and Robert Hayden, and 4 brothers, Leslie, Harold, Eugene and Alfred Claus. Mrs. Barton attended Western Illinois Teacher's College in Macomb and taught in various country schools in Pike County before her marriage. She farmed with her husband near Time until 1947 when they moved to a farm on the El Dara blacktop, where they farmed for many years. In 1984 she moved to Pittsfield and lived there until 1999 when she became a resident at Liberty Village. She was a member of the Pittsfield First Christian Church and the Bethany Circle and Priscillas at the church. She was a charter member of the Pike County Home Extension and was also a member of the Business and Professional Women. She loved to travel with friends on tours. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thur., July 18, at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Wed. at the funeral home with family meeting with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wed. Memorials may be made to the Pittsfield West Cemetery or the Pittsfield First Christian Church.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ELIZABETH BARTON , 106, Dies in California. The following item was printed in the Modesto Bee (Calif.) April 27: “GRANDMA BARTON MARKS HER 106th BIRTHDAY, BUT TIME GROWS SHORT.” Escalon, San Joaqiun County, California – Mrs. Elizabeth (Grandma) Barton marked her 106th birthday in the hospital here today (April 27, 1964), impatiently awaiting a death she knows soon must come. But meantime, as gangrene from her entire right leg extends its deadly effects, she is maintaining the calm, cheerful outlook which through the years has characterized her to her many friends and relatives. A blood clot in the foot recently felled Grandma. An operation had a 50-50 chance of success, her doctor told her. Her answer was firm: “No, it is time for me to go to the other shore.” Relatives gathered and as the day dragged on Grandma Barton, a deeply religious woman, fretted that she did not go ahead and die so that all who had gathered could attend the funeral without making a return trip. As the gangrene took its toll the question became: Will she survive to her 106th birthday? Her doctor said it was just a matter of time and a crisis Thursday night made it appear doubtful. Grandma Barton, a native of Pike county, Ill., remained active until the clot occurred. The past several birthdays have been noted in the Bee by stories with photos showing her going about her daily business of cooking, gardening and sewing. Her activities brought to a halt at last, the woman who has lived through six wars repeatedly comments that she cannot understand why anyone would be sad at her impending death when she is to anxious for it. EDITORS NOTE: Mrs. Barton was born (April 27, 1858) on the Wells farm west of Pleasant Hill. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Wells. She was married to Frank Barton and they lived in Pleasant Hill community for many years before moving to California. Mrs. Barton died Monday, May 4, 1964. From Kathy Robinson’s notes: Mrs. Barton is buried at Burwood Cemetery, Escalon, San Joaquin County, California.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

FINIS BARTON , 85, of Pittsfield, died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2001, at his residence. Born Nov. 21, 1915 in Nebo, he was a son of the late Beach Barton Jr. and Neva Killebrew Barton. He married Dorothy Eileen Smith on Oct. 16, 1938 in Bowling Green, Mo. and she preceded him July 15, 1972. He married Ruth Ralston Bryan on July 21, 1973 in Patterson; she preceded him in death Dec. 10, 1992. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Joyce) Clarkson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one son, Berkley Barton (wife Luetta) of Lancaster, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Robert (Ada Ruth) White of Winchester; two stepsons, Palmer Bryan (wife Paula) of Winchester, and Roger Bryan (wife Sheryl) of Quincy; 14 grandchildren, Mrs. Lino (Chryssa Jo) Morales of Tempe, Ariz., Mrs. David (Clarissa Dawn) Workman of Blue Springs, Mo., Mrs. William (Susan Eileen) Malphurs of Buford, Ga., Trevor L. Bryan and Tara L. Bryan both of Springfield, Christopher K. Bryan, Tracy, Jose A. and Ricky Bryan, all of Quincy, Mrs. Duane (Vicki) Jefferson, Mrs. Paul (Deena) Cody, Mrs. Adam (Randi) Alhers, all of Winchester, Mrs. Bob (Ginger) Rohlfs and Earl Ray White of Franklin; 16 great- grandchildren; a former daughter- in-law, Joe Ann Barton of Scotia, N.Y.; one sister, Mrs. William (Melva 'Ree) Melton of Victorville, Calif.; two brothers, Dallas Barton (wife Lillian) and Lyle Barton (wife Blanche) all of Nebo; a special friend, Luanna Neal of Pittsfield; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; one grandson, Brett Alan Clarkson; and one sister, Lovene DeGuire. Mr. Barton was a 1934 graduate of Nebo High School and attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. He was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer. He was a conservation technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1980, and a past sales representa­tive with Pike County Farm Service. He was a member of the Pittsfield First Baptist Church where he was past deacon. He was also a member of the American Angus and Illinois Angus associa­tions. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pittsfield First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, with Rev. Frank Claybourne officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Airsman­Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Pittsfield First Baptist Church.
Contributed by Billie Browning

FLORA MAUDE (FREEMAN) BARTON , wife of Ben Barton, died at her home in Pleasant Hill, Thurs. morning Aug. 24, 1944 at 5:30 am. She had been ill for several years. She was a daughter of W.S. and Harriet Freeman, and was born at Pleasant Hill, IL, June 20, 1878. She was 66 years, 2 months and 5 days old. Mr. and Mrs. Barton lived on a farm in Pleasant Hill township until 2 years ago, when they moved to Pleasant Hill. Surviving are her husband; 2 brothers, Chester Freeman of Pittsfield, and Steve Freeman of Pleasant Hill; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ernest Killebrew of Alton, IL and Mrs. William Capps of Hannibal, MO. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill, Sun., Aug. 27, 1944 at 2:30 with Rev. Homer Brown of Pittsfield in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Flower girls were: Mildred June Barton, Eva Mae Barton, Evelyn Springer, Mary Frances Ducey, Josephine Barton, and Mary Alice Barton. Pallbearers were: Virgil Barton, Merlin Barton, Loren Springer, George Ducey, John Butler, and Troy Freeman. Singers were: Mrs. Leila Henry and Mrs. Gertrude Baker, accompanied by Ava Lewark.

HOWARD BARTON , 88, of Springfield, formerly of Pittsfield, died Wed., Oct. 22, 1980 in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Mr. Barton, born Dec. 18, 1892, in Pike County, was a son of Abraham and Cynthia Capps Barton. He first married Mary Cooper, who preceded him in death. He married Maude B. Peters in March 1921. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife; a son, Milo Barton of Pittsfield; 3 daughters, Mrs. Norman (Juanita) Hancock of East Alton, Mrs. Frank (Lois) Seery of Galesburg and Mrs. Myotta Keltner of Springfield; a brother, Clay Barton of East Alton; a sister, Mrs. Nina Main of St. Louis; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Services were held at 2 pm Sat. in Lummis Funeral Home, Pittsfield, conducted by the Rev. Joe Maynard. Burial was in Pittsfield West Cemetery (s/b Goodin Cemetery).
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
Obituary states he is buried at West Pittsfield but his headstone is at Goodin Cemetery
NEWS TIDBIT: Howard Barton, son of A.D. Barton of Martinsburg, last weekend had one of his eyes injured by a cartridge blowing out the wrong way when he fired his shot gun. Just how seriously he was hurt was not learned but it was bad enough to cause him to go to Springfield to have the powder picked out of his eye." (Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Pike County Democrat, Jan 14, 1914)

LAWRENCE R. BARTON , 63, of Princeton, IL died suddenly on Dec. 22, 1980 at home. Mr. Barton was born March 26, 1917 in Pleasant Hill, IL, a son of Stewart and Opal Barton. He was married to Mardell Conboy Barton in Boston, MA, while serving in the Army as Lieutenant in World War II. Mr. Barton farmed in Pleasant Hill, IL and Griggsville, IL for several years. He has been employed for the past ten years as District Manager for Mokan Chemical Company - home office in Kansas City, MO. Surviving are his wife of Princeton, a son, Robert Barton of Shawnee Mission, KS, 2 daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Larry) Fowler of Shawnee Mission, KS and Mrs. Charlotte Greer of Springfield, IL, 2 sisters Mrs. Vincent (Beuna) Appelbaum and Mrs. Harris (Lois) Franklin of Pleasant Hill and grandchildren. Burial was at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton, Illinois on Dec. 24, 1980.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

LOGAN BURDETTE BARTON , 62, of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died Wed., Jan. 14, 1987 at Schapers Hospital at the home. Born in Martinsburg Township, rural Pleasant Hill, Sept. 16, 1924, he was a son of Virgil J. and Ruby Pauline Richards Barton. He married Alta Belle "Sue" Gray in Bowling Green, MO, Jan. 24, 1945. She survives. Mr. Barton was a retired farmer and construction worker, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Pleasant Hill American Legion Post 1048 and a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau. He attended the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Surviving are his wife of Blandinsville; a son Mark of Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Margie) Fester of Girard; a brother, Richard Dale of Pleasant Hill; 4 sisters, Mrs. Donald (Jeannie) Griffeth of rural Pittsfield, Mrs. Merlin (Eva) Barnes of Peoria, Mrs. Laurence (Mary) Pennewell of Jefferson, WI and Mrs. Cyril (Mildred) Butterfield of Gresham, OR and 3 grandchildren. Services were conducted at 11 am Sat. at the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Norman Conklin. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill American Legion Post 1048.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MARY LOUISE (SAPP) BARTON , 78, formerly of Pleasant Hill, IL died on Sept. 19, 2007 in Lubbock, TX. She was born in Pleasant Hill, IL on May 16, 1929 to Logan Carson and Mary Hazel Catlett Sapp. She worked for Stark Nursery in the Atlas and Rockport area. Mary Louise married Louis Edward Hindbaugh, Sr, in 1947, he survives and lives in Des Arc, MO and they had 9 children. She later married Earl Barton and he proceeded. She was of the Christian faith. Survivors: 4 sons, Louis Edward (Patricia) Hindbaugh, Jr., Quincy, IL., Michael Bruce (Teresa) Hindbaugh, Ursa, IL., Glen Allen Hindbaugh, Joplin, MO and John Timothy (Brenda) Hindbaugh, Clinton, OK, 2 daughters, Hazel Rosena Smith, Amarillo, TX, Theresa Caroline (Marion) Lindsey, Houston, TX., 3 brothers Robert Lee (Dorothy) Sapp, Pittsfield, IL., Logan Vincil (Vera) Sapp, Rockport, IL and Glen Allen Sapp, Maywood, MO, 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Preceded by her husband Earl Barton, 2 sons William Logan Hindbaugh, Robert Ralph Hindbaugh and daughter Anna Marie Hindbaugh in 1971, also 2 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Sat., Sept. 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Wells Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, IL. Memorial is to the American Heart Association.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MERLYN H. BARTON , 72, of Route 3, Pittsfield, died at 6 pm Fri. Jan. 12, 1979 at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1906, in Pike County, a son of LeOra and Myrtle Freeman Barton. He was a life long farmer and manager of the Pittsfield Agricultural Stabilization Committee office. He was also a member of the Pittsfield Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Illini Hospital. He attended the First Christian Church of Pittsfield. He is survived by his wife; a son, Glenn; of rural Pittsfield; a daughter, Mrs. Earl (Josephine) Hayden of Pittsfield; 3 sisters, Mrs. John (Hallie) Butler of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Clyde (Ida) Long and Mrs. Loren (Veda) Springer, both of Pittsfield. He was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil. Services were held at 2 pm Mon. at the Plattner-Sutter Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Roger Janks. Burial was in West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Memorials may be made to Illini Hospital or the First Christian Church.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MILO E. BARTON , 84, of Quincy and formerly of Pittsfield passed away late Fri. night, June 6, 2008 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was born Aug. 29, 1923 in Nebo the son of the late Howard and Maude Peters Barton. He married Donnabelle Marie Thompson Nov. 21, 1946 in San Antonio, TX. She preceded him in death Oct. 8, 2001. Surviving is a daughter Karen (husband William) Bucklew of Quincy and a son David (wife Barbara) Barton of Highland, 2 grandsons Conner and Logan Barton, 2 sisters Lois Seery of Galesburg and Myotta Keltner of Springfield, Mr. Barton graduated from Nebo High School. He was a familiar businessman in Pittsfield for many years having owned the Green Acre Motel and then Barton Oldsmobile until it’s closing. He then worked in real estate sales in Pinellas Park, Florida until heath issues forced him to retire and move back to Quincy. In Pittsfield he was well known for his leadership and countless hours of dedication to community activities, especially with Rotary International. Mr. Barton was always involved in a variety of Masonic organizations and activities. He was honored for 50 years membership in the Pittsfield Lodge #790 and for 50 years with Scottish Rite Valley of Quincy. He also was a member of the Ansar Shrine, Pike County Shrine Club, Quincy Shrine Club, Order of Kentucky Colonels, Quincy Commandry #77, and Quincy York Rite. His other memberships included Quincy Elks Lodge #100 and Eagles Alps of Quincy. A graveside service will be held at 10 am Tues. June 10, 2008 at Pittsfield West Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice. The Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield is in charge of the arrangements.
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OLAF T. BARTON - 67, died in his home in Macomb, Sat. night. He was born at Pleasant Hill, a son of the late Elza T. and Sarah Stewart Barton. He had been manager of the Farm Credit Association in Macomb until he retired two years ago and lived in Macomb for 30 years. He married Virginia Conboy of Pittsfield. Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Joan Dittus of Macomb; 2 brothers, Stewart Barton and A. W. Barton, both of Pleasant Hill; 2 sisters, Ruth Galloway and Mrs. Velma White, both of Los Angeles, CA. Funeral services and burial were held in Macomb, Tues. afternoon. Attending services from this area were: A.W. Barton, Stewart Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Appelbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Borrowman, Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn McKinnon, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Roberts, and Mrs. William Koeller of New Canton.
Another obituary at Harman House:
O.T. Barton, 67, of 708 S. Johnson St., Macomb, died at 8:40 pm Sat. July 21, 1973 at McDonough District Hospital. Mr. Barton was born at Pleasant Hill, Nov. 19, 1905, a son of E. T. and Sarah Stewart Barton. Both are deceased. He attended the University of Illinois and St. Louis University. On Aug. 25, 1928 he married Virginia Conboy. She survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Mrs. Loren (Jo Anne) Dittus; 2 brothers, Stewart and Arvid of Pleasant Hill; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruth Galloway and Mrs. Velma White, both of Los Angeles, CA, and 2 grandchildren. Mr. Barton was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. The Barton family resided in Pleasant Hill and Pittsfield before moving to Macomb. Mrs. Barton's mother, Mrs. Roy Conboy, is a resident of Pittsfield. Mr. Barton was a secretary-treasurer of the Macomb Production Credit Association for 36 years until he retired in 1970. He had been vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a past president of the Rotary Club. Funeral services were held in Macomb. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
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OPAL (CAPPS) BARTON - Services for Mrs. Opal Barton, 72, of Pleasant Hill, who died Sat., April 3, 1971 at 5:30 am in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, will be held Mon., at 2 pm in the Baptist Church. The Rev. Russell Price will officiate and burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Mrs. Barton was born near here, Oct. 13, 1898, a daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Fast Capps. She was a member of the Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She married Stewart Barton Aug. 22, 1916 in Bowling Green. Surviving are the husband; a son, Lawrence of Princeton; 2 daughters, Mrs. Vincent (Beuna) Appelbaum and Mrs. Harris (Lois) Franklin both of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Mrs. Elma Powell of Pittsfield; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

RALPH L. BARTON , 58, of Pleasant Hill, died Fri. morning, Nov. 25, 1966 at 4:15 in Illini Hospital in Pittsfield. He had been ill for the past 2 years and had been a patient in the hospital for 7 months. Mr. Barton was born at Pleasant Hill, Aug. 3, 1908, a son of Elza and Sarah Stewart Barton. He was a grandson of William Barton, first supervisor of Pleasant Hill township elected in 1841. He attended Pleasant Hill elementary school and was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He had spent his whole life in Pleasant Hill and was engaged in farming. He was married to Thelma Galloway Aug. 2, 1936. Surviving are his widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. Nancy McKinnon of Pleasant Hill and Miss Mary Jane Barton of New York City; 3 brothers, Stewart and Arvid of Pleasant Hill, and Olaf of Macomb; 3 sisters, Mrs. Dema Wells of Pittsfield, Mrs. Velma White of Champaign and Mrs. Ruth Galloway of Los Angeles, CA; and 2 granddaughters. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church in Pleasant Hill at 2 Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, 1966 with the Rev. Robert G. Poor officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.

RICHARD DALE BARTON , 64, of Pleasant Hill, died Thurs., Nov. 28, 1996, in the Calhoun Care Center in Hardin. Mr. Barton was born Dec. 20, 1931 in Pleasant Hill, a son of Virgil J. and Ruby P. Richards Barton. He married E. Maxine Bland Dec. 14, 1957, near Kampsville. She survives. A graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, Mr. Barton farmed and operated Barton's Herefords. He had also worked for 18 years at the Pittsfield Sale Barn. Mr. Barton attended Pleasant Hill Christian Church, was a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau and was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. Survivors include a son, Gregory D. Barton of Okinawa, Japan; 2 daughters, Tina M. Gardner of Wood River and Sandra K. Barton of Moberly, MO; a granddaughter, Jaclyn Barton of Okinawa; 4 sisters, Jeannie Griffeth of rural Pittsfield, Mary Pennewell of Jefferson, WI, Eva Barnes of Peoria, and Mildred Butterfield of Gresham, OR; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Logan Barton. Services were conducted at 11 am Monday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by Eldon Cook. Burial with military honors was in Crescent Heights Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established to help with medical expenses.

RICHARD BARTON , 81 of Pittsfield passed away Friday, August 30, 2013 at Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Dick was born on May 25, 1932 in Nebo, IL, a son of Wayne and Velma Sheppard Barton. He married his high school sweetheart, Cherie J. Henry on February 10, 1951 in Pittsfield, IL. Cherie preceded him in death on April 11, 2009. Dick retired in 1987 from Panhandle Eastern after thirty-six years as a welder. He was a member of the Independence Christian Church. He loved to collect, buy and sell old tractors, restoring several along the way. Dick always had horses at his home along with other animals and in his earlier years he participated in horse shows. For many years he did welding out of his home and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. His most enjoyment was his grandkids which he greatly loved. He is survived by his children; Russell (Terry) Barton of Bloomington; Richard “Rick” Barton of Pittsfield; Daniel (Carol) Barton of Pittsfield; Rebecca (Kevin) Lowe of Virden, IL and Christine (Garry) Browning of Pittsfield. Nineteen grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren in addition to extended family members survive. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Cherie, a son, Thomas Jay Barton, sister, Donna Grady, two brothers, Bill and Gillis Barton. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with interment in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Independence Christian Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service. Charitable donations may be made in Richard "Dick"'s memory to the following organization: Independence Christian Church
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

RUBY P. (RICHARDS) BARTON ,76, of Pittsfield, formerly of Pleasant Hill, died at 2:15 pm Fri. Aug. 21, 1981 at Illini Hospital in Pittsfield. Mrs. Barton was born Jan. 15, 1905, in Pike County, a daughter of Norris and Alta Turnbaugh Richards. She was married April 26, 1924, in Pleasant Hill, to Virgil J. Barton. He died Feb. 28, 1974. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church, the Pike County Farm Bureau, and the Pittsfield Women's Club. She is survived by 2 sons, Logan B. Barton of rural Rockport and Richard Dale Barton of Pleasant Hill; 4 daughters, Mrs. Mary Pennewell of Jefferson, WI, Mrs. Eva Barnes of Peoria, Mrs. Mildred Butterfield of Portland, OR, Mrs. Jeannie Griffeth of Pittsfield; 2 brothers, Edgar Richards of Baylis and Guy Richards of Pittsfield; 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and 1 grandchild. Services were held at 11 am Monday in Lummis Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Don Carter and the Rev. Joe Maynard. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

STEWART B. BARTON , 82, a retired farmer, of Pleasant Hill, died at 12:30 pm Mon., April 23, 1979 in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. He had been in ill health for a long time. Mr. Barton was born in Pleasant Hill April 16, 1897, a son of E. T. and Sarah Stewart Barton. He married Opal Capps Aug. 22, 1916 in Bowling Green, MO. She died April 3, 1971. He lived his lifetime in the Pleasant Hill community. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge 565 AF & AM, Quincy Consistory, a charter member of the Lions Club and was a former member of the Pike County Farm Bureau. He has served as a director of Illini Community Hospital. Surviving are a son, Lawrence, of Princeton; 2 daughters, Mrs. Beuna Appelbaum and Lois Franklin, both of Pleasant Hill; a brother, A.W. Barton of Pleasant Hill; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruth Galloway of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Velma White of Phoenix, AZ; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 am Fri. in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Joe T. Maynard. Burial will be in the Crescent Heights Cemetery near Pleasant Hill. The family suggests memorials be made to the Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield.

THELMA (GALLOWAY) BARTON Joint service for brother and sister
Joint funeral services for Arsa Galloway and Thelma Barton will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev Waylon Ingle and Brother Joe Maynard officiating. Interment will be in Crescent Heights cemetery. Ward-Lummis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial gifts may be given to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, The Heart Fund of the Pleasant Hill volunteer ambulance unit.
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ARSA G. GALLOWAY, 65, of Pleasant Hill died at 4:50 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 1982 at Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Tex. He was the retired owner and operator of Galloway Hardware in Pleasant Hill. Born Dec. 24, 1916 in Pleasant Hill, he was a son of Arsa and Laura Ewers Calloway. He attended Gem City College. An Army veteran of World War II, he surved overseas. He was a member of American Legion Post 1048 at Pleasant Hill, past president and board member of Citizens State Bank and members of Lodge 565 AF and AM. On Oct. 22, 1951 he married Maxine Wells at Bowling Green, Mo. and she survives. Also surviving is a brother, Everette Galloway of Pleasant Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister and an infant daughter. [Funeral card: Casket Bearers: Don Guthrie, T.J. Conner, Charles Gay, Bob Kelly, Phil Lawson, Tom Walker. Honorary Casket Bearers: Arnold G. Guthrie, Delmer Caughn, Bruce Kendall, C.W. Losch, Bill Carpenter, Mike Lummis. Interment Crescent Heights Cemetery] Virginia Hart Collection
THELMA (GALLOWAY) BARTON, 73, of Pleasant Hill died at 7:58 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 1982 in Illini Hospital where she was admitted the day before. Born Oct. 14, 1908 in Pleasant Hill, she was a daughter of Arsa and Laura Ewers Galloway. She attended Illinois State University and had taught in Pike county schools. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and the Friday Study club. She married Ralph L. Barton in St Louis Aug. 2, 1936. He died Nov. 25, 1966. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs Nancy McKinnon of rural Pleasant Hill, and Mrs Mary Brier of New York, N.Y., and two granddaughters, Laura and Mindy McKinnon. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister and her brother Arsa.
[Funeral card: Casket Bearers: David Galloway, Mike Galloway, William Cleesen, Burdette Ewers, Ed Lemmon, Lloyd Borrowman, Ed McKinnon. Interment: Crescent Heights Cemetery.]
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

THOMAS J. BARTON - Funeral services for Thomas J. Barton, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton, who was killed late Friday when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car near his home on the Nebo road south of here, will be held this afternoon at 1:30 pm in the Independence Church south of Pittsfield. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill. Thomas J. Barton was born Oct. 26, 1962, in Pike County a son of Richard and Cherie Henry Barton. Surviving are the parents; 3 brothers, Russell, Richard and Daniel, at home; 2 sisters, Rebecca and Christine, at home; 2 grandmothers, Mrs. Velma Barton of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Naomi Henry of Pittsfield; and one great grandmother, Mrs. Lillie Sheppard of Pleasant Hill.

VELMA IRENE (SHEPPARD) BARTON , 96, of Pleasant Hill, died Thurs., Oct. 4, 2001, at the Pleasant Hill Nursing Center. Born in Nebo, Feb. 8, 1905, she was a daughter of Stephen and Lillie Wilson Sheppard. She married Wayne Barton in Nebo Oct. 26, 1922. He died Sept. 14, 1965. In her younger years, Velma was a school bus driver for the Pleasant Hill schools. Later, she was a lunchroom cook at the Pittsfield Sale Barn, preparing all the food and pies herself. She and her husband, Wayne, owned and operated the Barton Bait House in Pleasant Hill for many years. Survivors include 3 sons: Gillis Barton and William Barton of Pleasant Hill, and Richard (Cherie) Barton of Pittsfield; 1 daughter, Mrs. Donald (Donna) Grady of Lockport; 1 daughter-in-law, Bette Barton of Bethalto; 1 brother, Neal Sheppard of Bethalto; 1 sister-in-law, Maxine Cambron of Hardin; 11 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; and 6 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a grandson, Tommy Barton; 2 brothers, Cecil and Harold Sheppard; 2 sisters, Cassie Battershell and Winona Ratty; and daughter-in-law, Pauline Barton. Graveside services were held Mon, Oct. 8, at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill conducted by Rev. Darrell Brame. There was no visitation. Casket bearers were Russell Barton, Richard Barton, Daniel Barton, William Barton, Robert Barton and Larry Grady. Memorials are suggested to Crescent Heights Cemetery Assn. Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill handled the arrangements.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

VIRGIL J. BARTON , 70, Pittsfield, until recently a resident of Pleasant Hill, died in Illini Community Hospital Fri., Feb. 26, 1974 at 8:05 pm. Mr. Barton was born in Pleasant Hill Township Nov. 13, 1903, a son of LeOra and Myrtle Freeman Barton. He was a member of the Christian Church, the Farm Bureau, the Pike County Fair Board, and the Modern Woodmen of America. He married Ruby Pauline Richards April 26, 1924 in Pleasant Hill. Surviving are the widow; 2 sons, Logan B. and Ronald D. both of Pleasant Hill; 4 daughters, Mrs. Donald (Jeannie) Griffeth of Pittsfield, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary) Pennewell of Jefferson, WI, Mrs. Merlin (Eva) Barnes of Peoria and Mrs. Cyril (Mildred) Butterfield of Portland, OR; a brother, Merlin of Pittsfield; 3 sisters, Mrs. John Butler of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Clyde Long of Pittsfield and Mrs. Loren Springer of Milton and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant sister. Services were held Sunday at 2 pm in Ward-Lummis Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Maynard officiated. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.

VIRGINIA (CONBOY) BARTON , 99, of Macomb, died Mon., Jan. 30, 2006, at the Elms Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 11, 1906 in Pittsfield to R.J. and Charlotte Conboy. She married O.T. Barton Aug. 25, 1928 in Pike County. He preceded her in death July 21, 1973. She was also preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother, R.J. Conboy Jr.; 1 sister, Mary Roberts; a son-in-law, Loren K. Dittus; and a grandson, Mark Dittus. Surviving are 1 daughter, JoAnne B. Dittus of Macomb; a granddaughter, Ann Marie Dittus-Krone of Pleasant Plains; 2 sisters, Mardell Barton of Princeton and Pauline (Bob) Roark of Bushnell. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Virginia moved to Macomb in 1936. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, quilting and needlework. Her church affiliation was Methodist. Graveside services were at 2 pm Fri., Feb. 3, at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Pastor Michael Burdick officiated. Visitation was held at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home from 10 am-1:30 pm Fri. Memorial contributions may be made to McDonough District Hospital.

VIRGINIA M. (SHIVE) BARTON , 90, of Griggsville and formerly of Pleasant Hill, died Thurs. afternoon, April 20, 2006, in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Born Jan. 30, 1916, in Pike County, Virginia was a daughter of Buell and Anna Henry Shive. She married A.W. “Artie” Barton Feb. 25, 1941, in Bowling Green, Mo. He died Jan. 10, 1992. Virginia and her husband owned and operated Barton’s Drug Store in Pleasant Hill for many years. Prior to this, they were both employed by the Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle during World War II. Virginia was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where she was very active in church functions. She was an avid reader and enjoyed volunteering at the Fairfield Library. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe and spent winters at their home in Winter Haven, FL. Survivors include a son, Dr. Richard Barton of Springfield, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the Henry, Shive and Barton families. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, James Truman Shive. Services will be held at 1 pm Tues. in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by the Rev. David Morgan. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services Tues. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church or the Fairfield Library in Pleasant Hill.

WILLIAM J. BARTON , 73, of Pleasant Hill, died Tues., Feb. 11, 2003, in his home. He was born Aug. 24, 1929 near Pleasant Hill to Wayne and Velma Sheppard Barton. He was married to Bette L. Smith for 33 years. He was a 1948 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union and a member and past president of the Nebo Community Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a truck driver for CBW Transport in S. Roxana for many years. Survivors are 2 sons, Bill Barton (Laurie) of Rochester and Robert Barton (Donna) of Bethalto; 2 daughters, Candee Stickney (Mike) of Kalispell, MT and Cindee Brame (Derrell) of Maryland Heights, MO; 1 brother, Richard "Dick" Barton (Cherie) of Pittsfield; 1 sister, Donna Grady (Donald) of Lockport; special friend, Viola Clendenny of Nebo; 11 grandchildren, Jon, Shamaine, Beau, Derrell (Emily), Jason, Will, Billee, Eric, Amanda, Lindsey and Megan; and 4 step grandchildren, Jay, Matthew, Camden and Courtney. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gillis B. Barton. Funeral services Feb. 15 at the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill were conducted by Derrell Brame. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Casket bearers, all grandchildren, were Derrell Brame, Jason Brame, Will Barton, Eric Barton, Camden Poole, Shamaine Reis, Amanda Brame, Lindsey Barton, Megan Barton and Courtney Poole. Memorials are suggested to the Nebo Community Club.

WILLIAM BARTON , 79, died in Los Angeles, California, Saturday morning. Mr. Barton was born at Pleasant Hill, Illinois, a son of Dr. and Mrs. Beach Barton. He was a well known Pike County school teacher. Mr. Barton left Pleasant Hill 35 years ago and had taught school in several states before locating in California. He was a brother of Mrs. Stella Webster of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Forest Guthrie of Martinsburg and Beach Barton of Nebo. Funeral services and burial were held in Los Angeles.

ANNA MARIE BOYD , one of Pike County's successful school teachers, was born January 27, 1867 and passed away July 27, 1949 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sara McGuire in Pittsfield, with whom she had lived the past two years. Anna, an outstanding teacher, contributed much to the welfare of boys and girls in the schools in which she taught. All who have had the opportunity and privilege of enjoying the benefits of teaching agree that she has been a loyal, dependable conscientious and trustworthy instructor during her twenty-five years of service in the schools of Pike County. She was hospitalized with a broken hip five years ago and has since been tenderly cared for by her sister Clara. Her life in the Cold Water community in which she lived, speaks far greater than words can express. Her interests in her home, where she lived all her life until two years ago, was outstanding. She was compelled to close her farm home by the death of her brother Lewis. Even though the years added to her age, she was young in mind and active in duties.

She leaves to mourn her passing three sisters, Mrs. Sara McGuire, Mrs. Lula Raftery and Miss Clara; one brother Edmund Boyd of Quincy; several nieces and nephews, all of whom will greatly miss her. Funeral Mass was read by Father at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. The casket bearers were six of her former pupils, Mike Ducey, Martin Carroll, Lawrence Smith, Leo Harris, George Ducey and Mike Smith. Ann will be sadly missed by her loved ones and her many friends.
Contributed by Tari Parr from the Pike County Democrat Times 3 Aug 1949 P. 1, Col. 3

CLARA BOYD - Relatives and friends were shocked Friday morning to learn Miss Clara Boyd had died quite unexpectedly a short while after eating her breakfast. She had not felt well the day before, but seemed to be all right that morning and collapsed while sitting on the davenport. Miss Boyd died on her 68th birthday. For several years she had lived in the home of her sister, Mrs. Sarah McGuire and family. After the death of her brother Louis she and her sister Anna came to town to live at the McGuire home, and Anna died a year or two ago. Miss Clara was the youngest in a family of twelve children, and Mrs. McGuire, who is 91, is the oldest. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Edward Raftery of this city, and one brother, Edmond of Chicago. He arrived here Saturday and remained until after the funeral. The Boyd family have been prominent members of St. Mary's Church here for well over 90 years. Their parents, James and Anna Nesbit Boyd came here from Ireland on the same ship with a large group from that country. They were married in New York City and came here to Pike County because Mr. Boyd had a friend here named Grimshaw. A shot after his arrival, he purchased a farm northwest of town where the family lived until coming to town a few years ago. Miss Clara had hoped to be able to return to the old home place some time this summer. Funeral services were held at nine o'clock Monday morning at St. Mary's Church, conducted by Father Ratchford in the absence of Fr. E.J. Scanlan. Burial was in Calvary cemetery.
Contributed by Tari Parr from the Pike County Democrat Times 28 May 1952 P. 1, Col. 5

DONNA BOYD - was born Nov. 20, 1948. Her parents are Elizabeth and Robert Bowman. She died in her home in Springfield, Mo., Nov. 1, 2009. She was 60 years old. She worked as a dietician most of her life. She was a person with a huge heart and she was loved by all. Donna's Father, Robert Bowman and the love of her life, Tom Slagle preceded her in death. She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Greenstreet and husband Bill of Pleasant Hill; three children, Debbie Wombles and husband Tom of Pittsfield, Jeff Johnson and wife Diane of Pleasant Hill and Dana Brown and Brent of Pleasant Hope, Mo.; three brothers, Robert Bowman, Jr. of Pleasant Hill, Steve Bowman and wife Donna of Bloomington and Tim Bowman and wife Susie of Barry; six grandchildren, Matthew Hannel, Ashley Shaw and hus­band Tom, Destiny Hannel, Blayne Cowan, William Johnson, Aiden Johnson and one great-grandson, Owen Shaw. She is also survived by her great-aunt Josephine. She had many loved nieces and nephews and many friends to numerous to count. Funeral services are pending at Lummis Funeral home in Pleasant Hill with a burial at Blue River Cemetery in Detroit.
Contributed by Billie Browning from Pike Press

ROBERT HAYES BOYD , 80, of Beardstown died Thursday, March 11, 2004 at Highland Health Care Center. He was born May 6, 1923, in New Canton, the son of Harley Hayes and Anna Graves Boyd. He married Dorothy M. Hoffman in 1955; they divorced. Mr. Boyd graduated from Barry High School in 1941 and Gem City Business College. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1943-45. He was with the 19th AAA group in Europe, including at Utah Beach in 1944. He was a personnel administrator for the state for 35 years. He retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after 35 years as director of technical services in 1982, where he also worked in bookkeeping, the payroll department and in personnel. He was a member of the Elks Club 4007 in Beardstown and American Legion Post 32. He sang with the First Presbyterian Church choir. Survivors: a son, John R. Boyd of Satellite Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Elizabeth A Boyd (fiance, Paul W. Conner) of St. Louis; a brother, George B. Boyd of Beardstown; and former wife, Dorothy M. "Dottie" Hoffman of Highland. Services: 7:30 p.m. today, Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home, Highland, the Rev. James A. Flach officiating. Additional services: noon Wednesday, Methodist Church, Barry, the Rev. Nancy Monahan officiating. Burial: Park Lawn Cemetery, Barry.

WILMETTA BERNICE (THOMAS) BOYD 91, of Hannibal, died at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 24, 1999, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal. Funeral services for Mrs. Boyd will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. The Rev. Walter Reed will officiate. Burial will be at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Ill. Mrs. Boyd was born May 9, 1908, in Pleasant Hill, Ill., to Frank Ishmael and Tata DeCamp Thomas. Survivors include cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother, Jess Thomas; and one sister, Chloe Kapella. Mrs. Boyd was a member and elder emeritus of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. She was a member of the Mary Hinton Morris Club, a past board member of the Mark Twain Senior Citizens, American Association of Retired Persons, Retired Missouri State Employees, a lifetime member of the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary and the Business and Professional Women, where she served as past president and was awarded "Woman of the Year" in 1970. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Wayne Gamm, Vernon Gamm, Al Kennett, John Youse, Jim Roberts and Jim O'Donnell. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Property Division.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ANDREW JACKSON BROWN - The remains of Jackson Brown arrived in this place on Wednesday morning from Oklahoma where he has resided for the past few years. The deceased was for many years a resident of New Hartford where he reared a large family. He was about 80 years of age and had been ill only about three weeks from grip. The body was accompanied by a son-in-law, Dan Levi Goodwin and wife. A number of relatives from Quincy, Marblehead and other places met the funeral party here, accompanying the remains to New Hartford where the funeral took place in the M. E. Church, Rev. Frye of this place officating. The burial took place in the Prairie Mound cemetery.
Contributed by Susan Hoppe - From The Quincy Daily Whig, Nov. 28, 1914

BENJAMIN D. BROWN , aged 83 years, died at his home, near here, last night. He was born in Massachusetts, in February, 1804. He came to this county in 1833, and has since lived where he died. Mr. BROWN has always occupied a prominent position in business, social and political circles. In 1842 he represented Pike County in the Legislature. He was one of the richest men in the county. He leaves a large estate to be distributed among his heirs.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat August 4 1887

BESSIE BROWN - On Monday evening at 8 o'clock occurred the death of Miss Bessie Brown, age 26. For three weeks she had been suffering with typhoid pneumonia and bronchitis. Miss Bessie was well known and had many friends throughout this vicinity. She was a member of the Atlas Congregational Church and primary teacher in the Sabbath School. She was also a member of the Mutual Protective League of which she had been chaplain for three years. Her death has brought sorrow to many hearts and to the bereaved family much sympathy is extended. The funeral services took place at the home on Tuesday afternoon after which the remains were laid away in the family lot at Ball's Bluff Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - From the Quincy Library Historical Newspaper Archives- August 3, 1904

BYRON E. BROWN , son of Willis and Elizabeth Worley Brown, was born in Pike county, Ill., Sept. 10, 1857 and passed away at the home of his daughter in St. Joseph, Mo., January 2, 1934, at the age of 75 years, and 4 months, after an illness extending over a considerable period. He never recovered from an operation which it was found necessary to perform abut six months ago. He was married to Miss Viola Rowley of Louisiana, Mo, Nov. 30, 1882, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary a little more than a year ago. Mr. Brown is survived by his widow, three sons and two daughters: Mrs. Viola Rowley Brown of Atlas, Rev. Homer Brown of Pittsfield, Robert of Martinsburg, Irl, on the home place at Atlas, Mrs. Mayor Petty of Christopher, Ill., and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph, Mo. Two sons, Rex and Isaac, preceded him in death. He also leaves to mourn his loss four grandchildren, Charles and Florence Brown, children of Isaac, of Pleasant Hill; Mrs. Beulah Clausen of Pittsfield, and Gene Carrol Petty of Christopher, and two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Baker and Mrs. Melinda Marion of Atlas. Mr. Brown spent nearly his entire life in Pike county where he is very well known. He never united with any church but was a firm believer in the Saviour and lived the golden rule every day of his life. He was an ardent temperance man, was indeed happy when the eighteen amendment was adopted, and equally disgusted when it was repealed. No man could have been a better father than he. He was both a farmer and a mechanic, having learned the plastering trade with his father-in-law, more than forty years ago, and he in turn taught ever one of his boys the same trade, as he believed that every boy should be skilled in some kind of labor. Many of the homes in the western part of Pike county and in the vicinity of Barry have been made comfortable by his labors and those of his sons. The deceased had spent the last months of his life in the home of his daughter, Alta, where she and her husband did everything in their power and that means could provide to make him comfortable. The funeral was held at the Keller Funeral Home in Barry, Saturday morning at 10:30 in charge of Rev. C. B. Hilton, pastor of the Baptist church. Fred Davis and his quartet rendered three beautiful selections. Interment was in the Barry Cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank those who assisted in any way during the illness and at the time of the death of our dear husband and father, Byron E. Brown. Also for the floral offerings and the Keller Funeral home folks who were so very considerate in every way. Signed MRS. VIOLA BROWN, AND FAMILY.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner.) Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas.

CATHERINE (GAY) BROWN , 91, died July 12, 2011, in Louisiana, Mo. Catherine was born March 8, 1920 on the family farm southeast of Atlas, to the late Herman and Edith Martin Gay. For the past year, Catherine was a resident of Lynn's Heritage House in Louisiana. Catherine married Louis G. Brown, Jr. of Griggsville June 12, 1943 and he preceded her in death. They were owners of Brown’s Nursery and Landscaping of Griggsville and Brown’s Florist of Pittsfield until 1963 when they moved to East Alton. Catherine and Louis returned to Pike County, in 1977 where they established their current home on the family farm near Atlas Catherine attended Atlas Grade School, Pleasant Hill High School, class of 1938, MacMurry College in Jacksonville and the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. She was an active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Louisiana, and a member of the PEO Sisterhood for 64 years, most recently of the Louisiana Chapter GH. As a member of the Pittsfield Star Quilters, Catherine took an active part installing the historical quilt now hanging in the Pike County Courthouse. Catherine is survived by her daughter, Nancy Brown (Dale) Wickum and son, Cooper of Lincolnwood; her son, Cameron G. (Sybil) Brown of Rockford; and sons, Kyle (Kristy) and sons Alex and Ryan of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Matt of Denver, Colo. and Randall (Elisha) and daughters Madison, Mikayla and Mackenzie of Rockford. Catherine was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles W. Gay. Funeral services were held Monday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, conducted by Pastor Jeanne Webdell. Burial followed at the Miller Cemetery in Atlas. Visitation was held from 12 noon until the time of services Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Centenary United Methodist Church in Louisiana, the Miller Cemetery Association or to Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

CHARLES E. BROWN , Apr. 4, 1940 - Jan. 15, 2013. Mr. Charles E. Brown, 72, of Barry, Illinois, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry. He was born April 4, 1940, in Quincy, Illinois, to Willis E. & Lena E. (Quincy) Brown. They preceded him in death. He is survived by 2 brothers, Merle Brown of Barry and Burle Brown & his wife Beverly of Loraine, Illinois; and 1sister, Darlene Brown Bose of Alton, Missouri. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, James Everett & Donald Eugene. Charlie lived all his life in the Kingston, Beverly and Barry area. He was a regular fixture in Barry, known for yard work. He enjoyed playing christian music on his guitar and banjo. There is no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Kingston Cemetery in Kingston. Burial will be in Kingston Cemetery in Kingston. Memorials are suggested to the Barry Community Care Center in Barry.
Contributed by Billie Browning -Pike Press

DALE L. BROWN , 71, a retired truck driver of Barry, died at 10:47 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6, 1994) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Born May 6, 1923, in Plainville, Mr. Brown was a son of Paul and Elsie Crim Brown. He married Mary Young June 23, 1941, in Palmyra, Mo. She survives. Mr. Brown was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Maryland and was stationed in Okinawa. He was a member of Barry American Legion Post 222 and was an avid outdoorsman. Survivors also include four sons, Lester, Paul and Edwin, all of Barry, and Owen of Quincy; a daughter, Mrs. Steve (Elsie) Neese of Quincy; a brother, Jack of Barry; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Phillips of Barry, and Mrs. Rubin (Darlene) Bigger of Quincy; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by two brothers, Fay and Gerald; and stepmother, Leona Camel Brown. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery at Plainville. Visitation will be held 6-8 to­night in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ameri­can Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Ella Tittsworth - Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves

DAVID E. BROWN , 67, of New Hartford, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at his residence. He was born Dec. 2, 1944, in Pittsfield, to Millard David and Harriett Penstone Brown. He married Janet Diane Lister Nov. 30, 1968, in the Griggsville Methodist Church, and she survives. David was an Insurance Representative for the Hudson Insurance Group and had been a partner for over fifteen years at the Ackles Apple Orchard. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Pittsfield. David graduated from Griggsville High School then attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, and Northeast Missouri State in Kirksville, Mo. David was a member of the Army National Guard. He worked for the Western Illinois Fair and did the fireworks show. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and going to the Mississippi River Cabin. He enjoyed sitting outside at the fireplace. He was active in the Boy Scouts as a young boy. He enjoyed “telling stories.” He is survived by his wife Diane of New Hartford, a daughter, Kristin Brown of Griggsville; a brother, Jim (Karen) Brown of Griggsville; a sister, Mrs. Lilly (David) Kimbell, of Clinton, Ky.; a brother-in law, Joe Ray (Jody) Lister, of New Hartford; and a granddaughter, Allison Brown. Services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Private burial services will be held Friday, Jan. 6, at the Griggsville Cemetery, Griggsville. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Blessing Hospice or the Griggsville Park.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

DONNA A. (DIMMITT) BROWN , 76, of Pittsfield died at 2:40 p.m. (April 11, 1996) in her home. Born March 22, 1920, in Pitts­field, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of Gordon and Lora Dunham Dimmitt. She married Warren W. Brown on Feb. 23, 1939, in Bowl­ing Green, Mo. He survives. Mrs. Brown was a 1937 grad­uate of Pittfield High School and attended Gem City Business Col­lege in Quincy. Upon returning to Pittsfield, she started to work for Brown Shoe Co., and later worked for Pike County Service Co., and then Brown Oil Co., which she and her husband owned until they re­tired in 1983. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was an avid bowler. Survivors also include a son, Jerry Brown of Beardstown; two daughters, Beverly Brown of Pittsfield, and Mrs. Andy (Debbie) Dugan of Griggsville; a sister, Mary Lowe of Pittsfield; four grandchildren, Cindy Wagner of Florissant, Mo., Sandra Lux of Beardstown, Susan Moore of St. Louis and Chris Brown of Normal; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Brown was preceded in leath by two brothers, Gerald and Daniel Dimmitt. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church by the Rev. John C. McIntosh. Burial will be Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday with family meeting friends after 6 p.m. in the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials may be made to Pike County Hospice, First United Methodist Church or Pike County chapter of the American Cancer Association.
Contributed by Ella Tittsworth - Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves

EARL DEAN BROWN , 81, of Whittier , California , formerly of Milton passed away January 1, 2010 at his residence in California . He was born in Milton , IL on August 10, 1928, a son to Ruben H. and Sadie Eva Ruble Brown. He was a member of the Greenleaf Avenue Baptist Church in Los Angles, CA., member of the Moberly Lodge #344 AF & AM in Moberly , MO. , honorary member of the New Salem Lodge #218 AF & AM, Eagles Lodge, and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Surviving are Earl Dean (Lorrie) Brown, Jr. of Griggsville, IL; Cynthia (Jeff) Coultas and Patricia (Kevin) Kingery both of Pittsfield ; stepsons, Ray & Steven both of California and stepdaughters, Bonnie Kausen and Teresa Daniels of California , nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. One brother, Lewis R. (Lois) Brown of Pittsfield , two sisters, Margaret Ehlert of Barry , IL and Eva Mae Reintz of Granite City , IL also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn; brothers, Howard Ray and Brad Brown; sisters, Dorothy Guthrie and Ellen Wade, and grandson, Jeffrey Kent Coultas. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 9 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Gordon Scoggins officiating. A Masonic service will be accorded by the New Salem Lodge #218 AF & AM prior to the service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the French Cemetery at Milton , IL and lunch will be served at the Nazarene Church in Pittsfield following the interment. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 9 at the Niebur Funeral Home prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to the New Salem Lodge #218 AF & AM or the French Cemetery in Milton . Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the services.
Contributed by Billie Browning

EDNA MAE BROWN , 103, of Pittsfield, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in the Emergency Room of Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield. Edna Mae was born Oct. 14, 1908, in her family home one mile south of Atlas, a daughter of Claude H. and Anna Bandy Brown. She never married. Edna Mae graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1926, then attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington for a year and a half before graduating in 1934 from Baylor College in Texas. Between her college years, she worked in a medical clinic in Yakima, Wash. Edna Mae taught Junior High and High School Music and Chorus in Taylor, Texas for ten years. She moved back to Pike County in the 1940's and started working part time for the Pike County Democrat Times newspaper where later she worked full time when Al Seiler and Paul Finley owned both the Pike County Democrat and the Pike County Republican. These two newspapers later merged into the Pike Press where she continued to work until 2006. Edna Mae was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church and served as the Choir Director at the church since 1940. She was also the Church Organist and Pianist. She taught piano and voice to several area pupils. She was also a member of the Pittsfield Business and Professional Women. She served on the Miller Cemetery Board. She especially enjoyed playing the piano. Edna Mae is survived by nephews and nieces, Chris and Janet Brown of Pittsfield, Craig and Debra Brown of Normal, Jean and Steve Sturm of LeRoy and Carol and Ron Bane, of Scottsdale, Ariz. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews, Whitney Sethaler, Mark and Megan Sturm and Bradley and Wende and great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Willis and Wallace Brown. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Tom Wilber officiating. Interment were in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to the Pittsfield United Methodist Church. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

ELIZA C. (SHEWE) BROWN , was born December 13, 1829, near Marietta, Ohio, and departed this life near New Canton, Ill., April 17, 1901, aged 71 years, 4 months and 3 days. She came to Illinois in 1844 and settled at New Canton and was married to Harrison Brown on February 25, 1857. She was the mother of seven children, five of whom have preceded her to the other world. Two children, a son and daughter, and her husband still survive to mourn her loss. Besides this she leaves two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. In 1897 she was prostrated with a stroke of paralysis, from which she never recovered, and was a great sufferer most of the time. She was a good wife and a loving and devoted mother. Though not a member of any church, she declared her faith in Christ and said she was ready to die. Funeral services were conducted from the family residence Friday, April 19, by W. M. Hailey, and the burial was made in Brown cemetery, three miles south of New Canton.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 25 Apr 1901]

ELIZABETH (WORLEY) BROWN , aged 75 years, died at her home Saturday morning, after an illness of several months, due to dropsy. She leaves an aged companion, four children, Byron, Mrs. Marion Huffman, Mrs. Melinda Marion and Mrs. Nellie Baker. Twelve grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive. The funeral services took place at the home Monday afternoon and was largely attended. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The interment took place in the Balls Bluff cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Quincy, IL Library Historical Newpaper Archives

ELIZABETH (ROYALTY) BROWN CASH TENNYSON , of Pleasant Hill died at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 1982 at Pike County Memorial Hospital, Louisiana, Mo. She had been ill for about six months. A retired practical nurse, she was born in Pike county, Mo. and was a daughter of the late John and Nancy Elledge Royalty. She was a longtime member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church where she taught a Sunday School class for 58 years. She was a 55-year member of the Order of Eastern Star in Pleasant Hill, member of the Louisiana Garden Club, the Linden Guild and an honorary member of the Century Club. She married Isaac C. Brown who preceded her in death. Later she married Glenn Cash who also preceded her. Survivors include a son, Charles C. Brown of Gadsden, Ala.; a daughter, Mrs Don (Florence) Guthrie of Pleasant Hill, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was also receded in death by two sisters. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday (Nov. 10, 1982), in Ward-Lummis Funeral Home with Brother Joe Maynard and Dr Taylor Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights cemetery.
[SSDI: Elizabeth Cash was born 11 Apr 1897. Virginia Hart notes that Elizabeth Cash had another marriage between Mr. Brown and Mr. Cash, and it was to Ralph Tennyson. Missouri Marriage Records indicate she was Elizabeth B. Tennyson when she married Mr. Cash on 30 Jan 1967 in Jackson, MO.]
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from the Virginia Hart Collection

GARY D. BROWN , 67, of Curtis Creek Retirement Home, Quincy, Illinois, formerly of New Canton, Illinois, passed away at 11:47 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2011, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. He was born March 14, 1943, in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Arthur & Beulah Langfahl Brown. They preceded him in death. He is survived by 1 son - Breck Brown (Kristin), of Wausau, Wisconsin and 2 daughters - Brenda Wade (Scott), of Springfield, Illinois, and Barbara Brown of San Antonio,Texas. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren - Bennett, Bergen & Brenna, of Wausau, Wisconsin and Skylar of Springfield, Illinois; 2 sisters - Sandra Root and Gayanne Daugherty (Duane) of Quincy, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Clarence Leland Brown. Gary graduated from West Pike High School, Kinderhook,Illinois, and Culver Stockton College, Canton, Missouri. He taught in the Quincy Public School system for four years. Interest in agriculture led to a career as a nutritional swine specialist for Moormans, Nutra Basics, and retired as regional sales manager for Con-Angra. Gary loved to sing and was well known in Pike County, Illinois, as an entertainer and emcee for many events. Friends are invited to a Memorial service held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry, with Rev. Judith Taylor officiating. Final disposition will be private.
Contributed by Billie Browning

H.R. BROWN , pastor of the Christian Church, was called to the vicinity of New Canton Tuesday to conduct the funeral services of Dennis Stottlemeyer, whose remains were shipped from Piedmont, Mo. The body of the young man was found beside the railroad track, where it had lain for several days. Just how he met his death is not known. The deceased was the son of J. Stottlemeyer and wife and was 23 years of age. The funeral services took place at the home on Tuesday morning and were largely attended. Burial was at the Shearer cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1915 - The Quincy Daily Journal

HENRY WING BROWN , son of Josiah and Maria Brown, was born in Granville, N. Y., March 26, 1814, and died in Chicago, Ill., May 2, 1917, aged 76 years, 1 month and 6 days. When a lad of 14 he was bereaved by the death of his father in the New York home, and one year later, with his mother, brothers and sister, came to Illinois, settling in Barry in 1858. Here he grew to manhood, and here at the age of 20 he heard the call of his country and enlisted for the defence (sic) of the flag in Company I, Twenty-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving with honor and valor until the mustering out of his regiment at Natchez, Miss, on September 1, 1864. His natural ability caused him to be selected as an aid to the provost marshal at Natchez, which position he occupied during the entire winter. He was slightly wounded in the battle of Corinth. At the time of his death he was an esteemed comrade of John McTucker post No. 154, G.A.R. of Barry under whose auspices he received burial with the Grand Army honors. For many years since the death of his mother, he has made his home at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Quincy, Ill. In June, 1863, when part of company I was at home on a veteran furlough, the women of Barry made and presented to company I a flag which came into Mr. Brown's possession. This flag he cared for as a nearly sacred thing and this flag today rests on his casket. Of the original company I, which went to the front in 61, only five are known to remain this side the crossing. Brother Brown...united with the Methodist church in June 1915....He leaves to mourn his death an only brother, Mr. M. C. Brown, of Barry, the last of a family of four brothers and one sister; one step-sister, Mrs. Ellen Evans, of Barry, and one step-brother, Mr. Frank Gray, of Pittsburg, Pa.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 9 May 1917]

HOMER BROWN , Pittsfield's "marrying parson" died suddenly in his home Saturday morning soon after he had eaten his breakfast. He had apparently been in his usual state of health, which for the past few years had not been good, due to a heart condition, but his death was entirely unexpected. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday in the New Hartford Christian Church where he had served as pastor in former years. Rev. William Walton officiated. Burial was in the Pittsfield Mausoleum. Homer Brown was probably the best-known and most-liked minister who ever lived in this community over a period of many years. Last September he and his wife observed their golden wedding by holding open house and their numerous callers, senders of gifts and congratulations at that time were testimonials of the esteem in which they were held. Born April 4, 1884, at Atlas, Homer was the son of Byron E. and Viola Rowley Brown. He attended school at Atlas and as a young man learned the barber trade under the late Charles Hesley. He worked for him for two years, worked two years in Louisiana, Mo., as a barber, then was appointed rural mail carrier out of Rockport, which position he held for 10 1/2 years. In the meantime, on Feb. 17, 1908, he was ordained in the Methodist Church at Rockport by Dr. A. A. White. After serving this church for a time, he resigned, due to the long and arduous hours involved in carrying the mail. The Methodist Church, after losing the services of it's next minister, closed for a time. Homer and his family transferred their membership to the Rockport Christian Church and he was re-ordained there in 1912 by Rev. Joe Dabney. On Sept. 11, 1908, a few months after his ordination to the ministry Homer was married to Elizabeth Kendall. They became the parents of one child, a daughter Beulah, now the wife of Gunnar Clausen and a resident and business woman of Pittsfield. Three times Rev. Brown was called to the ElDara church, three times each to Pleasant Hill and Rockport, twice to Greenpond and three times to New Hartford. He continued in the ministry until his retirement in 1950. During his 54 years of preaching, Homer performed more than 1000 wedding ceremonies. Sometimes he would perform as many as 60-65 in one month, the record was 70. In the past seven years he married some 440 couples in his home, besides the church weddings in surrounding communities. The Browns moved to Pittsfield 37 years ago, from Rockport. In addition to his work in the church, he always held another position. For 30 years he was employed by Barr and Sparrow produce firm, retiring seven years ago. Not content to be idle, he kept a shop at his home, repairing and filing saws, mowers, etc. and selling Rawleigh products. At one time, in Rockport, he barbered at night in addition to his work for Charles Denning who later got him the job with Barr and Sparrow. The Republican stated, a year or so ago, that Homer had been a carpenter and had built three houses in Rockport and eight in Pittsfield. This was not exactly true. He hired them built, lived in some of them and later sold them, the last two were the present home of the Clausen's and the Brown's own residence on South Memorial. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mavor Petty of Christopher, Illinois and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph, Mo.; and one brother, Irl of Atlas. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Rex and Isaac. One nephew and one niece survive.
Cotnributed by Kathy Robinson

IRL BROWN - Rockport, Ill. - Nov. 3 - (died 30 Oct 1956) Funeral services for Irl Brown were held yesterday afternoon at 2 in the Plattner Funeral Home in Pittsfield with William Walton officiating. Burial was at Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry. Mr. Brown was born near Atlas, Jan. 3, 1892, a son of Byron E. and Viola Brown. He served in the Army in World War I. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of New Hartford. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mavor Brown of Christopher and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph. They had come to join him recently and planned to spend the winter with Mr. Brown at their property in Pittsfield. Two other Brown brothers have died this year, Robert in January and the Rev. H. R. Brown in July. Two others, Isaac and Rex died several years ago.
Contributed by Kathy RObinson

J. W. BROWN , one of the earliest residents of Yolo county, died at this home on Third street Monday evening at 5:45 o'clock, after an illness of many months' duration. His ailment was a disorder of the liver, and at times he suffered the most excruciating pain. The deceased was born in Wytheville, Virginia on November 23, 1824 to James and Nancy Brown. In about 1833 the family moved to New Hartford, Illinois where he resided until 1852, when he caught the gold fever and crossed the plains to California. He settled in this county, locating near Yolo on 1,000 acres of the finest farming land in the State. Several years ago he came to Woodland to educate his children. He was president of the city board of trustees for one term and made a faithful and efficient officer. In 1886 he was a candidate for Assemblyman on the Republican ticket, but was defeated. The deceased was an upright and honorable man, and was universally esteemed. By his industry and frugality he amassed a snug fortune consisting principally of real estate. The surviving members of his family are a wife and ten sons and daughters, among whom are: William A. Brown of San Francisco, Orlando Brown, of Siskiyou, Mrs. Eliza Brooks, of Los Angeles, Mrs. Emma Connell, of Yolo, Mrs. Effie Hogue, of Selma, Sherman Brown, Misses Addie, Pearl, Minnie and May Brown, of Woodland.
Contributed by Susan Hoppe

JEAN ELAINE BROWN , 82, of Pittsfield by way of Beaver Falls, Meadville and Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, OH and Oak Park and Forest Park, IL, passed away Friday, January 8, 2010. Jean was born February 13, 1927 in Pittsburg, PA, the daughter of the late Willard "Brownie" and Grace King Brown. Jean grew up, attended and taught college at the University of Pittsburg, Geneva College and Meadville College in Pennsylvania . She obtained Masters Degrees in Speech, Drama and Set Design and Construction. It was pretty evident that Jean would teach those subjects, and she did from 1951-1958, but her love of the theatre also spilled over into her almost 30 years of volunteer involvement in community theatre. Her set designs won many awards and wowed many theatre goers in the Chicago area. Jean loved life in general and it showed in her love of people and the career paths she chose. Jean worked for the Girl Scouts in Cleveland, OH and Oak Park, IL from 1958-1987 in many capacities, but her fondest job was directing Girl Scout Camp. Over the many years at camp in Ohio and Wisconsin , JEB (her camp name) molded and challenged many a camper and staff. In her retirement years, Jean also kept busy with a job as an artistic designer at an unfinished furniture store (check out client Pat Sajak's cow table), travel, golf, fishing, bingo, camping, board games, knitting, bridge and crafts. Jean was a lifelong Pittsburg Steelers fan and an avid Cubs and Bears fan. Jean is survived by three nephews, whom she cared for dearly, Dave (Mary) Griffiths of Portland, OR; Tom (Carolyn) Griffiths of Morganton , GA ; and John (Cindy) Griffiths of Austin , TX . Also surviving are six great-nieces and nephews and three great-great nieces and nephews, the many friends she met along her life's journey, her special friends, Jim and Carol Seguin of Petersburg, IL and their family, Jean's very dearest friend of thirty seven years, Cindi Troutner of Pittsfield and their three feline friends, Amelia, Sam and Merlin. With Jean’s wonderful sense of humor, she was a real joy to family and friends and will be deeply missed. Per Jean’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no service will be held. Her ashes will be scattered at a later date at her nephew’s mountain home in Georgia .
Contributed by Billie Browning

JOHN T. BROWN , born September 17, 1916, Allegheny Co, North Carolina, died May 27, 1984 in Rockport, Illinois, burial was in Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Rockport, Pike Co, Illinois. He married Louise Ralph on February 16, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas. His father was John Brown and his mother was Laura Holloway. He was survived by his wife, two sons, John Brown of Canton, Mo; and Charles Brown of Valdez, Alaska, two daughters, Carla Terpstra of Rockport and Tami Brown of St. Louis, Mo., 12 grandchildren, a great grandchild and the following brothers and sisters: Walter Brown of Burlington, N. C., Noah Brown of Gibsonville, N. C., Arlie of Rock, W. V., Faye Conklin and Mary Andrews, both of Burlington, N. C.
Contributed by Karen Robinson

KYLE DAVID BROWN , 40, of Lake St. Louis, Mo. died Dec. 14, 2011, as a result of auto accident. He is survived by his wife, Kristen, and two sons Ryan and Alex. He is also survived by his parents, Cameron and Sybil Brown and two brothers, Matthew and Randall. Also surviving are other relatives and friends. many in the Pike County area. Brown was employed as a chief marketing officer with Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards, a family owned business, for more than 11 years. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Louis and Catherine Brown, who formerly operated a nursery in Griggsville, Lewis and Helen Hudson and a great-uncle Charles Gay. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center in St. Charles, Mo. Memorial donations may be made to the Children‘s College Fund c/o Kristen Brown.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

LEONARD BROWN - Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hanks Funeral Home, Pearl, for Leonard Brown, 81, who died Friday, April 30, 1962 at Illini Hospital, following a heart attack. Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Holloway; two sons, Edgar at home and Lewis of Chicago; one daughter, Ellen Edwards of Pleasant Hill; one grandchild, two brothers, Ora of St Augustine, Fla., and Freeman of Milton. He was a son of the late James and Lottie Lacy Brown. Bro. Wilson Ramsey officiated and burial was in the Green Pond cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne
[SSDI: Leonard's birth date was Dec. 24, 1900] Virginia Hart Collection

LINDA (THORNTON) BROWN , 52 of Bowling Green, Mo. and formerly of Pittsfield, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at her residence. Linda was born in Pittsfield, July 13, 1958, a daughter to Elton “Ed” and Eloise Pennock Edwards. Linda was employed at the Women’s Eastern Regional Correctional Center in Vandalia, Mo. and had previously worked for six years at the Pike County Missouri Sheriff’s office as a 911 dispatcher. She enjoyed going to yard sales, antiquing, traveling, plays and musicals. She was a St. Louis Blues hockey fan and greatly enjoyed her family and friends. Linda is survived by her mother, Eloise McDowell of Pittsfield; two sons, Scott Thornton (partner-Chris Youngblood) of Sesser; Jeffrey Brown of Ft. Carson, Colo. and currently serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, a daughter, Shannon Branham (fiancé, Daniel Reynolds) of Farber, Mo. and three grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister survives; Stan (Susan) Barker of Baylis and Bob (Tina) Edwards of Detroit and Patricia (Bryan) Glenn of Mishiwaka, Ind. She was preceded in death by her father Ed, stepfather, Bernie McDowell and grandmother, Rita Pennock. Services were held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. A visitation was held Monday evening at 4 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will be at the Bethel Cemetery near Griggsville at a later date.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike PRess

MARY BROWN , widow of Geo. R. Brown, living six miles east of New Canton, Illinois, died at her home on last Thursday morning after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Brown was well known in and around New Canton, where she had lived for many years. She was born in Tyrone county, Ireland, and was at the time of her death past 68 years of age. In the year of 1879 she was married to George R. Brown and to this union five children were born, namely: William G. of New Canton, Ill.,: Mrs. Frank Wilson, of Barry; Mrs. Belle V. Miller of Boonville, Missouri; Margaret and George R., both at home with their mother, giving her all the necessary comforts and kindness that could have been bestowed by loving minds after the demise of the husband about six years ago. Besides the children she leaves two brothers--John Brown of New Canton and William Brown, back in the old home in Ireland; two grandchildren and a host of other very near relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Mrs. Brown was raised in the teachings of the Episcopal church and cherished the same to the end of her life. The funeral services were conducted from the family home on Saturday, October 21...in charge of Rev. W. M. Hailey, assisted by a choir composed of Harry Johnson, Harry Gleckler, Mrs. Gleckler and Mrs. A. J. Hamilton. Mrs. L. J. Gallaway presided at the piano...After the service at the home the remains were laid to rest beside her husband in Shearer cemetery near New Canton. Ed. Carroll, L. G. Brown, John McTucker, Wm. Hackman, Wm. Gard and Henry Gard were pallbearers.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 25 Oct 1922]

MARY L. BROWN , age 88 of Barry, IL passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Mary was born January 23, 1925 in Kinderhook, IL. a daughter of Dallas & Lena Badgley Young. She married Dale L. Brown on June 23, 1941 in Palmyra, MO and he preceded her in death on September 6, 1994. Mary enjoyed flower gardening, embroidering and cooking for her family. She was also fond of card games, board games and scratching lottery tickets. She loved her pet dog “Buddy” and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan. She previously worked at Motorola in Quincy then later worked in food service at the Barry Community Care Center until her retirement in 1987. Survivors included four sons; Lester Brown of Barry, Paul (wife Sandra) Brown of Barry, Owen (wife Angie) Brown of Smithshire, IL and Edwin (wife Kay) Brown of Barry. One daughter survives, Mrs. Elsie (husband Steve) Neese of Quincy. Also surviving are two brothers, Charles “Bill” (wife Jo) Young of Pittsfield and Forest Eugene Young of Quincy along with two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Streeter of Pittsfield and Mrs. Bettie Smith of Bloomington, IL. Sixteen grandchildren survive and 32 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren survive along with several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by twin sisters Margorie and Marguerite at birth and three other sisters, Barbara, Lelah and Virginia and 2 brothers, James Dallas Jr. and Larry. Graveside services will be held at the Shiloh Cemetery near Plainville, IL on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:00 am with John Furniss officiating. As per her request there will be no public visitation. There will be a dinner for family and friends following the service at the Sprague Kinderhook Lodge in Kinderhook. Memorials may be left to Shiloh Cemetery, Barry Fire Dept. and First Responder or to the Donor’s choice. Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is in charge of funeral arrangements and on-line condolences may be left at nieburfh.com
Contributed by Billie Browning

NORMA ARLEEN (McCONNELL) BROWNE , 60, of North Port, Fla., formerly of Pike County, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday, (Oct. 19, 1981) in Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Fort Charlotte, Fla. She was born Feb. 4, 1921, in Pike County, a daughter of Robert F. and Maud (Galloway) McConnell. On June 3, 1946, she married Melvin W. Browne in Louisiana, Mo. Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Joyce Montgomery and Mrs. Judy Utley, both of St. Louis, and Mrs. Janice Delaney of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters, Mrs. Floyd (Roma) Weir of Quincy, and Wanda Franklin of Peoria, Ariz.; three brothers, William Dawson McConnell of Valley City, Lindle Gordon of Quincy and Kermit B. of Pleasant Hill; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in North Port. Services will also be held in St. Louis.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

R. PEARL BROWN - 91, of Barry died Tuesday, April 13, 1982 at the Barry Community Care Center, following an extended illness. Born Oct. 8, 1890 near Barry, she was a daughter of Joseph M. and Fannie Johnson Jennings. She was a member of the Barry United Methodist Church and a Gold Star Mother. She married William Thomas Brown on Oct. 7, 1917 in Audrain county Mo. He died Aug. 20, 1963. Surviving are a son Robert of Ferguson, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs Myona Davis of Carthage; a brother, Marion Jennings of Middletown, Mo.; two granddaughters and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by three brothers. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Barry United Methodist with the Rev Gilbert Fletcher officiating. Interment will be in Park Lawn cemetery. Memorials may be given to the church or to the Barry CCC.
Virginia Hart Collection

REBECA M. BROWN - of Hannibal, Mo., was called here Saturday by the death of her aunt, Mrs. William Seeley. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Seeley of DePue, Ill., were called here by the serious illness and death of Mr. Seeley's mother. Rebecca M. Badgley was born at Madison, Ind., Feb. 28, 1831; died in Summer Hill, Jan. 31, 1908, aged 76 years, 11 months and 3 days. She was married Feb. 24, 1858 (Illinois Death Index has the year as 1859-kr) to William A. Seeley. She leaves her husband and two sons, Harvey and Harry. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Maple of Rockport at the Congregational Church and she was laid to rest in our home cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Summer Hill, Ill., - Feb. 5, 1908 Quincy Daily Journal

ROBERT BROWN - Funeral services for Robert Brown, 71, of Pittsfield were held at 2 pm Sunday at the Christian Church with Rev. Vernon Stout officiating. south of Pittsfield. Mr. Brown died suddenly Friday morning upon reaching home after he had shoveled his car out of the snow when he had gone to his chiropractor. He had had a bad heart condition for many years; in fact was rejected for military service in World War I on account of his heart. Born Nov. 7, 1887 in Atlas, Ill., Robert was the son of Byron E. and Viola Rowley Brown. He was married May 31, 1917 at Bowling Green, Mo., to Miss Rebecca Cannon who preceded him in death Nov. 21, 1951. They had no children. Robert joined the Christian Church in Pittsfield in 1918 and served several years on the official board. He farmed until his health failed, then in 1943, he and his wife moved to Pittsfield. After her death, he lived alone, but the past two years he and his brother Irl of Rockport had spent their nights together, either at Pittsfield or Rockport. Irl had spent Thursday night with his brother and was getting breakfast when Robert returned from the doctor's office Friday morning. Robert complained of being "awfully sick" and went to the bathroom. In a moment, Irl heard him fall. A doctor was summoned, but it was too late; Robert was dead. During World War II, when there was a shortage of mail carriers in the city, Robert was acting city carrier for two or three years. He had previously been a substitute rural carrier. He was a loyal Mason and a member of the Pittsfield lodge. Besides the brother, Irl, Robert is survived by another brother, Rev. Homer R. Brown of Pittsfield, and two sisters, Mrs. Mavor Petty of Christopher, Ill., and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph, Mo. Mrs. Petty arrived here Friday evening and Mrs. Daughters arrived Saturday night. They are spending this week with Irl at Atlas. Masonic Rites, in charge of Costen Clemmons of Milton, were conducted at the church by Pittsfield lodge. Pallbearers, all of whom are Masons, were Hubert Heavner, Harvey Mink Sr., Loyd Mink, Eldon Atwood, Robert Groom and Kenneth Kiser.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

RUSSELL A. BROWN , 89, died on April 5, 2005 at 7:40 a.m. at the Mercer County Nursing Home in Aledo, Russell L. Russell was born in New Salem, IL on January 24, 1916 to Clarence and Helen Usherwood Brown. He married Pauline Buchanan on March 11, 1940 and she preceded on September 16, 1995. He worked for the Brown Shoe Factory in Pittsfield, IL. He was a member of the Church of Christ Church and he enjoyed gardening. Survivors: one son, Lester (Vickie) Brown, Aledo, IL., one daughter, Barbara Pickens, Lawrence KS, one brother Leland Brown, Sacramento, CA., one sister Elizabeth Cooley, Fowler, IL., five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Preceded by his wife Pauline, and two brother Henry and Fred Brown. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 8, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL with Rev. Linda Peyla officiating. Burial at the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 8, 2005 from 10-11 a.m. preceding the services. Memorials are to the donor's choice. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

SADIE MARIE (LANHUM) BROWN , 96, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and formerly of Pittsfield, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Sadie was a beautician and the owner/operator of the Cinderella Beauty Shop in Pittsfield for 47 years. She was born April 24, 1915 in Nortonville, KS. Sadie married Leonard Lanhum in 1937 and he died in 1979. She later married Walter “Joe” Brown in 1980 and he died in 2002. In her later years, Sadie loved visiting and conducting yard sales and sewing quilted pot holders, most of which she gave away to family and friends. She attended Grace Baptist Church in Pittsfield. She is survived by her two daughters, Judy Brittain of Mesa, Ariz. and Mary Ann (husband, Mark) Dabney of Lake Worth, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great grandchildren; one step-son, Walter Brown, Jr. of Jacksonville; and three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, James L. Lanhum and her daughter, Patricia J. Tayon. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield conducted by her son-in-law, Mark Dabney with interment following at Pittsfield West Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. To those who wish, donations may be made in Sadie’s memory to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield is in charge of the arrangements
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

STEPHEN BROWN , 60, of Griggsville, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville. He was born May 2, 1951, the son of Shirley Lynn and Nancy Lee Hoaglin Brown. He married Joyce E. Klinefelter June 9, 1973 in Detroit, and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Duane (Emily) Brown of Pittsfield; one daughter, Christine Holland of Griggsville; seven grandchildren, Brooklynn, Brianna, Brentin, Braden and Bryan Brown, all of Pittsfield, Jessica Mowen of Clayton and Dalton Holland of Griggsville; one brother, Jeffery (Kathy) Brown of Griggsville and special friend to the family, Logan Hembrough. Mr. Brown was a 1969 graduate of Griggsville High School and attended Gem City College in Quincy. He was a member of Regular Baptist Church in Griggsville and served in the U.S. Air Force before working for Two Rivers FS in Pittsfield and Dot Foods in Mt. Sterling since 2002, where he was known amongst his co-workers as Santa Claus . Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel in Griggsville. Burial was at Bethel Church Cemetery where military rites were accorded by Griggsville American Legion Post 213. A visitation was held at the funeral chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorials are suggested to Bethel Cemetery Association.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

EMILY A. (DAVIS) BURKE , daughter of Alonzo and Mary Davis, was born in El Dara, Pike county, Ill., Oct. 26, 1844, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Davis, in Barry, Ill., Monday morning, February 11, 1901, aged 56 years, 3 months and 15 days. July 20, 1862, she was married to James W. Burke and was a faithful helpmeet [sic] to him until his death, which occurred July 7, 1876. This union of fourteen years was blessed with three children - James, Lewis and Maude. Lewis died in infancy, while James and Maud survive to mourn the ? of mother, and the mother's chief concern during her long widowhood was for them, and her aged parents. About thirty years ago she, with her husband, obeyed the gospel, and upon profession of their faith in Christ were baptized by Elder Crow. She united with the Christian church at El Dara, where her membership remained until a few years ago, when she became identified with the church at Barry. Friends and neighbors, with relatives, bear testimony as to her faithfulness as wife, mother and christian. After a protracted illness lasting through seven weeks, in which every possible effort was put forth to relieve her, she finally succumbed to the grim reaper and is now at rest. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, F.M. Rogers, assisted by Rev. Young, at the home of her daughter, Tuesday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Interment in Barry cemetery."
The Barry Adage 14 Feb. 1901

ELIZABETH (BICKERDIKE) BURLEND , daughter of John and Hannah Bickerdike, was born near Leeds, England, on April 15, 1828. She was the eldest of nine children, of whom three brothers are still living. With her parents she came to this country: in 1843, taking up her residence near what is now called Bethel. She was married in 1856 to Wm. Burlend, who also came from England, in 1831. Mr. Burlend preceded his wife to the spirit world, Apr. 3, 1900. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom survive her, Rebecca A. Birch, Mary Anna Burlend, John and George Burlend, Sarah E. Lightle, James Albert Burlend and Charlotte Foreman. She was early taught the fear of the Lord, to love His word, and to strictly observe His Sabbaths. She was converted in November 1848, while Dr. Leaton was pastor, and united with the Methodist church at Bethel. Under the ministry of Rev. A. P. Stover she sought a deeper work of grace in her heart, often speaking of it as soul rest. She remained a member at Bethel until 1891, when she and Mr. Burlend moved to Griggsville, when their membership was transferred to the Methodist church of this place. She was a member of the Woman's Foreign Missionary society for over twenty-five years. For years she was an earnest Christian, devout, prayerful-careful in the home-training of her children; faithful in her duties to the church of God. This is evidenced in the fact that all her children were converted in early life. In Mr. and Mrs. Burlend's married life, in their home duties, their trials, their joys, their sorrows, in the care and training of their children, they went hand in hand, working together trustingly and patiently, both of them true to God, their home and each other. About twelve weeks ago she was stricken with the sickness that resulted in her death. Never a moment did she lose faith in her Savior, always trustful, patient, and uncomplaining. Indeed during her last hours she was mindful of the comfort of her family, telling them to take their rest. Upon a visit to her ten days before she died a visiting pastor reead the word of God to her, upon which she made some comments, and at her request sang, "I Have Another Building," preparation for which she had made long ago. During her last hours, she would speak of dwelling in the secret place of the most High
Funeral services were held at her late residence Saturday afternoon, Aug. 27, conducted by Rev. H. P. Beck, assisted by her pastor, Rev. H. C. Munch. Interment was in Bethel cemetery by the side of her husband and children who have gone on before.
Source: A newspaper clipping from an old scrapbook containing Pike County material. Transcribed by Delaine Donaldson

WILLIAM BURLEND - Again the portals of death have opened and Bro. Wm. Burlend has passed through them into the paradise of our God. On Sabbath, April 1, he was taken violently ill and Tuesday night, April 3, 1900, he fell asleep in Jesus. As a ripened sheaf he was gathered into the garner of the Master. Born on May 24, 1831 in Yorkshire England, he was in his sixty-ninth year-old in years but young in spirit. While in infancy his parents moved with him to this country, landing near Griggsville Nov. 5, 1832. Ever since that time he has lived in this vicinity, most of his life in the country near Bethel church. In 1856 he was married to Elizabeth Bickerdike. To them were born nine children. The wife, seven of the children and one sister, Mrs. Hannah Dalby, many other relatives and a host of friends mourn their loss. He was a good husband and father. He loved and provided for his family and his children rise up and call him blessed. As a citizen he won the esteem of all who knew him. Of the strictest integrity, public spirited and benevolent, he made an impression on the community which will not soon be forgotten. While he was highly successful in his business he sympathized with the less fortunate. In 1866 he was born again into the kingdom of heaven and united with the Bethel Methodist Episcopal church. He experienced in his heart the joy of conscious salvation by the witness of the Holy Spirit. The religious life was a joy as well as a duty. While he had a love for all the churches he was loyal to his own church. Whenever he was able the pastor and the church could count on his presence. His devotion was more in deeds than in words. He was liberal with his means and the pastor and official board always felt that he could be depended upon to do his part in bearing the burdens of the church. Personally, I soon learned to love him; coming to this charge under trying circumstances, he was one of the first to call and express his sympathy and offer his assistance. He was a frequent caller at the parsonage and always conducted himself as a Christian brother. His deeds of kindness were unobtrusive but substantial. I shall always feel that he deserves the reward our Savior promises---Come ye blessed of my Father into the kingdom prepared for you, for I was sick and ye visited me, in need and ye ministered unto me. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my servants ye have done it unto me. When we meet to worship in the church we shall sadly miss Bro. Burlend from his accustomed place, and on the official board we shall miss his counsel. May the mantle of the ascending Elijahs fall on the younger Elishas. Eight years ago he removed from his old home and the church he loved so well to Griggsville. Today we sorrowfully bring back to you the body of our brother and mourn with you over his loss. And now tenderly amid the old associations we lay him away to rest. We believe his soul is with the God in whom he trusted. In his last days he had on his countenance the peace of the dying Christian. When asked concerning his trust in Jesus he gave the assurance that all was well with his soul. The last time he had family worship he read the 16th Psalm ending so triumphantly-Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. May the peace of our God abide with his stricken family and help us all to so live in this life that in the world to come we may have everlasting life. Funeral services were held at Bethel church, Thursday, April 5, conducted by Rev. N. English
Source: A newspaper clipping from an old scrapbook containing Pike County material. Transcribed by Delaine Donaldson

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