Obituaries

Pike County IL


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BELLE (BONNELL) FARWELL - died at her home in Terre Haute, Indiana, Saturday night, December 5 in Barry this (Wednesday) afternoon at two o'clock from the Hufnagel Funeral Home with Rev. J. Henry Cox officiating.Mrs. Farwell is the daughter of Henry and Amelia Bonnell of near Griggsville and was the last survivor aof a family of eleven children. She was a sister of the late Mrs. Eugene Smith and Mrs. W.W. Watson of Barry.She was married to Hart F. Farwell of Astoria, Illinois who was a pioneer in the telephone business having organized the Bloomington, Illinois , Terre Haute, Indiana and many other exchanges in Illinois and Indiana.Mrs. Farwell was a member of the Methodist church in Terre Haute.She is survived by one son, Maro B. of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, a daughter, Miss Bonnie Farwell of Terre Haute and four grandchildren. One son, Hubert, died a few years ago.The son and daughter, and a friend, arrived in Barry Tuesday night for the funeral services and are at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Watson, Mrs. R.S. Cooke of Springfield also reached Barry Tuesday night.Internment will be int he family lot in Park Lawn cemetery here where her husband and three sisters are buried.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - (Barry Adage)

SARAH (ATOR) FAST , 80, died Sunday, February 20, 1938 at the home of her son, William, at Summer Hill. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Summer Hill at 1:30 P.M. yesterday, the Rev. R. C. Calderwood of the Pittsfield M.E. Chruch officiating. Burial was in Summer Hill cemetery. Sarah Emily, a daughter of Samuel and Mary Baughman Ator, was born near Pleasant Hill on September 3, 1857. She was married Nov. 2, 1876 to William R. Fast, who passed away in 1932. Two children also preceded her in death. Mrs. Fast was a member of the Black Oak Baptist Church. Mrs. Fast is survived by 43 direct descendants, including 5 children, two daughters and three sons, Mrs. Otis Gray and Mrs. Nathan Baughman of New Canton, Mrs. Harvey Daniels of Millstock, Everett of Hull and William of Summer Hill; 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren. Also remaining are two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Winslow of Pleasant Hill and Mrs Lucy Griffeth of Arkansas, as well as several neices and nephews.
Contributed by Carmen Megehe

WILLIE FAST , well known farm worker of Summer Hill, took his life by hanging himself in an out-building at his home Friday afternoon. The act was discovered by his wife about 6 o'clock Friday evening when he failed to appear for supper and she went in search of him. She found his body hanging in an out-building, the door being locked, she called neighbors who broke it open. It was believed he had been dead about three hours. Coroner Roy Conboy conducted an inquest that night and a jury returned a verdict of suicide by hanging. Ill health was given as the reason. Willie Fast, was the son of William and Sarah Fast of the Rockport community who died several years ago. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dena Fast; one daughter, Mrs. Lela Giberney of Mundelien, IL.; one grandson, Paul Shonhart; three sisters, Mrs. Otis Gray and Mrs. Nathan Baughman of New Canton, and Mrs. Ruth Daniels of Millstead, IL.; one brother, Everette Fast of East Hannibal. He is also survived by several neices and nephews, many other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Lena Henry home in Summer Hill with Rev. Homer Brown officiating. Burial was made in Black Oak Cemetery.
Contributed by Carmen Megehe

ALBERT J. FERGUSON was born October 3rd, 1889 at Roodhouse, Ill., removed with his parents in his in­fancy to Griggsville, Ill., where he made his home until nine years ago, when he went to Idaho. After being in Idaho for six months, he removed to California, where he went into the real estate business, residing in Ala­meda, near San Francisco. He was one of the promoters of the project whereby the Ohio building was moved to San Francisco and used as a club house. Albert Ferguson was a graduate the Griggsville high school and of the Oakland Business college in Oakland, California. Since the age of fourteen, he been a member of the Congregatio church On December 7th, 1917, he enlisted in the United States Army, and was sent to Kelly Field, San Antonio. He was made a sergeant in the supply company of a flying squadron. While there, he enjoyed a visit from his par­ents. Later, he entered the Officers Train­ing School at Camp Hancock, Augus­ta. Ga. He was in the training camp ten months, and doubtless would soon have received his commission. He died November 21, 1918, of bron­chial pneumonia, aged 29 years, 3 months and 18 days. He is survived by his parents. Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Ferguson; his brothers, Merritt Fer- guson of the Illinois Valley Bank of Griggsville, Ill., Glen; Ferguson of the U. S. N., his fiancé, Miss King of Oak­land, California. An upright, ambitious young man and a good soldier.
The following letter of sympathy was received from the camp where his death occurred:
U. S. Army, Camp Hancock, Ga.
I wish to extend to you and the members of your family my great re­gret and sympathy in your present bereavement. Your son's death was a great shock to myself and all the members of this company. In the short time he was on duty with this company he had already come to the attention of his officers as a model soldier and a young man with a very promising future. His work was of the highest grade, his obedience to duty was unquestioned. I have no hesitancy in affirming that, had he lived to finish this school he would have graduated with a high standing in his company. With renewed expression of my condolence and interests. I am, Very respectfully, AUGUST H. PRITZLAFF.U.S.A. Commanding Co.

The body arrived here from Camp Hancock, Ga., Sunday evening, ac companied by Private Wm. J. Kennedy, and was taken to the home of his parents, where it lay in state and Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, when funeral services were held at the Congregational church, Rev. Robert H Atchison of St. James' church officiating. Speaking from the text, "I have fought a good fight" (2 Tim. 4:7) he said: "The man who responds to the clarion call of his country in the time of her need demonstrates the highest type of manhood. The soldier enlisted in a righteous war is the highest type of man. Such a man was Albert Ferguson.. Industrious, and perseveringly ambitious, he was a useful citizen in time of peace. When the dark war cloud rolled across the nation's sky, obscuring for a time the sun of our fathers, he was one of the first to offer himself a living sacrifice in freedom's cause. He has the distinction of being one who early offered his services to our beloved country. Schooled in the lessons of patriot ism, his blood was fired with a desire to do his part to make the world safe for democracy. To him it was a worthy cause for which to live, but a worthier cause for which to die. Stricken down in his prime, he gave to the cause that he loved the last full measure of devotion. It was not his lot to die, as a sol­dier prefers on the field of battle, but the soldier who dies in the camp is in every sense just as heroic as the one who makes the supreme sacrifice amid the noise of conflict. In a measure he is more heroic tho not so spectacular as his comrade, for to meet death calmly as did our departed soldier, requires perhaps even a finer courage than that displayed in the war and the heat of the fight. The curtain has dropped on the last act of our comrade's life drama. He nobly played the part assigned him by the Master Dramatist. We regret that he could not have been with us longer, but we know that "He liveth long who liveth well." Today we placed a precious golden star upon the service flag in honor of our departed comrade, Albert Fergu­son. The light from this star will be reflected in the faces of the coming generations, who will look upon it and say, "He was a soldier in the great war for free government, he lived nobly and died bravely. He emulated Him who climbed the steps of Calvary and gave Himself a ransom for many; like Him, he fought a good fight, and gave his life for us. The interment was in the city cemetery. The funeral cortege was escorted by the Griggsville company of Illinois Reserve Militia, who also furnished the pall bearers and buried him with full military honors under the beautiful flag of the United States.
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

CLAUDE FERGUSON a bright interesting boy eight years old, the son of J. H. Ferguson, druggest of this place, died on the 11th inst. His remains were taken to Pleasant Hill for burial.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

JANICE FERGUSON , 64, of Pittsfield died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at her residence in Pittsfield. She was born Jan. 1, 1944, in Rockport to Russell and Gladys Gray Ferguson. She worked as a switch assembly opera­tor in a high tech parts manufactur­ing company in Freeport, Illinois. She enjoyed knitting, collecting baseball cards, and her pet cat. Survivors include a son, Mike (Chelsea) of Ruttman of Candler, Ariz.; four step-sons, Doug Ruttman of Orlando, Fla.; Tony Ruttman of Mesa, Ariz.; Kelly Ruttman of New Orleans, La., and Victor Ruttman of Redding, Calif.; three broth­ers, Charles (Glenna) Ferguson of Pittsfield, William (Ann) Ferguson of Pittsfield and David (JoAnne) Ferguson of Paris, Ark.; one sister, Mrs. Sally, (Donald) Henry of St. Charles, Mo. and seven grandchil­dren. Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Miller Cemetery in Atlas, with Michael TenEyck officiating. Burial at the Miller Cemetery, Atlas. Memorials are suggested to the Miller Cemetery or Breast Cancer Awareness
Contributed by Billie Browning

LAWRENCE FERGUSON ,age 69, of rural Ewing, MO passed away on Saturday evening May 25, 2013 at his home near Ewing. He was born July 7, 1943 in Pittsfield, IL a son of Glenn Irving and Della Sweet Campbell Ferguson. He married Carolyn Leeper in Wayland, MO on October 9, 1977. She survives. Larry worked for Khapheide Manufacturing in Quincy for 35 ½ years retiring in 2006. He was a past president of the #822 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He enjoyed shooting skeet with his father, target shooting with his grandchildren, tractor pulling, selling at farmers markets, fishing, farming and spending time with his family and friends. He was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. Larry is survived by his wife Carolyn of Ewing; one son, Stephen Smith of El Cerrito, CA; one daughter Karen Mason and her husband Kevin of Quincy, IL; one brother Charles (Joe) Ferguson and his wife Charlotte of New London, MO; grandsons, Ray Smith of Pinole, CA, Devin Mason, Conner Mason and Trever Mason all of Quincy, IL; granddaughter, Sadie Mason of Quincy, IL and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services and military honors will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ball-Davis Funeral Home in Ewing, MO with Reverend Elmer Hagood officiating. Burial will be in the Kahoka Cemetery, Kahoka, MO. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The family suggests memorials be made to the Cary Cancer Center, Hannibal, MO. Music: Recorded Selections Pallbearers: Pat Smith, Raymond Kebler, Steven Booth, Kent Speckhart, Dale Stewart, Butch (William) Powell, Wayne Garner, Jim Rubottom Honorary Pallbearers: Richard Gott and Jim Cruzen
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

MARY ( HITCH) FERGUSON - DIED, at her residence in Griggsville, Ills., Jan. 16, 1882, MARY ELLEN HITCH FERGUSON , aged 35 years, 5 mos. and 10 days. The subject of the above notice was born near Barry, Ill., August 6th, 1846. She was united in marriage to Wm. J. Ferguson, Nov. 30, 1871. She first united with the M. E. Church; afterwards transferred her church association to the Baptist church of this city. Mrs. Ferguson leaves two sweet little girls, Nellie and Fay. She had a large circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances. It is not necessary to say that she was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her life was remarkable for unswerving devotion to her husband and children; and while the dread disease, consumption, was preying upon her vitals, she—knowing full well the end was rapidly approaching—had no desire for herself, but regrets by reason of leaving her husband and children. Alter nearly six months, of almost constant suffering, she left in the bright flush of Christian faith. Fideli certa merces. The funeral services were held at the family residence, yesterday at 2 clock, P. M., Rev. R. L. Olds officiating. The remains were followed to the city cemetery by a large concourse of relatives and friends.
Contributed by Sandi Donaldson

GRACE (KINNAMON) FIELDS , 78, of Nebo, a retired teacher in the Pike County schools, died at 7:48 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 6, 1988) in the Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Mrs. Fields was born May 12, 1910, in Minear, a daughter of Cleon and Lora Harpole Kinnamon. She married Foreman Fields July 31, 1932, in Nebo. He died April 17, 1979. Mrs. Fields attended Teachers College in Normal and was a retired teacher in the Pike County schools. She was a member of the Nebo Christian Church, the Home Extension Club and the Art League. Survivors include a son, William of Salem, Ore.; three daughters, Patricia Chamberlain of Nebo, and Joyce Lemons and Jane Smith, both of Pittsfield; a sister, Mrs. Homer Zumwalt of Galesburg; a brother, Russell Kinnamon of Sacramento, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Claude. Services will be conducted in the Lummis-Bennett Funeral Home in Pittsfield at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. Roland “Red” Florence. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery
Quincy Herald-Whig December 1988

GEORGE ARMOUR FIESTER died in this city last Monday afternoon. His death being caused my paralysis. Although the end was expected daily for a week or more before his death it was none the less a shock to the relatives and friends who had hopes as we always do that something would yet cause a change for better. Although the paralytic stroke partially affected his brain, he regained use of it sometimes before death came, and recognized his family. His suffering during the week's illness was very severe. He was given every attention by physician, wife, sons and daughters as well as neighbors and friends, but death proved stronger than all combined. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the United Baptist Church, Rev. James Lewis afficiating, and the remains were taken to Griggsville, Illinois for internment. Mr. Fiester was one of the oldest settlers here and had, by thrift and economy, amassed a considerable estate. He leaves a large family, many many grandchildren and some great-grandchildren, all counted among our best citizens."
Photo from Katie Baptiste - at Find-A-Grave



JOHN A. FINK son of Phillip and Martha Keeling Fink, was born near New Hope, Lincoln County MO August 8, 1861 and departed this life at Graham hospital, Keokuk IA Sunday Feb. 15, 1931, following an illness of 12 days. Mr. Fink spent the greater part of his life in the state of MO with the exception of about 25 years in TX. Feb. 3, 1883 he was married to Miss Celsta Hedges who survives him with four brothers, Charles of Hannibal; W.A. of Yokem TX; James of San Antonio and Elijah of Pittsfield; one sister Mrs. Agnes Dodge of Jacksonville and a number of nieces and nephews.

KENNETH DARYL FINK - 46, died Friday, Aug. 28, 1981 at Kirby Hospital, Monticello, of an apparent heart attack. Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Kenney United Methodist Church with the Rev Robert Swain officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Valley cemetery. Burial was in Pleasant Valley cemetery. Kenney Trigg funeral Home of Weldon was in charge of arrangements. Born Sept. 1934 in Chestnut, Mr Fink was a son of Carl and Fern Coppenbarger Fink. He married Charlotte James Oct. 2, 1955 in Pittsfield and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Kevin of Urbana and Brady at home; a daughter, Teresa, at home; his mother of Kenney; four brothers, Donald of Beason, Francis of Lincoln, Richard of Elgin and Robert of Oakwood. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr Fink was a member of the DeLand Christian Church. He had been a scoutmaster for several years and was an Army veteran. He worked as an electrician laborer at the University of Illinois.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from the Virginia Hart Collection

ELIZA (KERR) FITCH died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Hart, last Wednesday. She was an old and respected residence of this place. She was 80 years old at the time of her death. She leaves a large number of children and grandchildren and friends.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Quincy Daily Journal Thursday May 7, 1914 page 5

BARBARA FLYNN , 66, of Barry, died Saturday (March 31, 2012) at her residence in Barry. She was born April 26, 1945, in Harrisburg to Donald and Tressia Stoneking Stierley. She married Allen Flynn on Feb. 5, 1965, in Quincy, and he survives. Barbara worked at several jobs in the surrounding area during her years, but was know most for working at the TeePee for many years in Pittsfield. She loved spending her free time with her children and grandchildren, and loved to visit her one great-granddaughter, Haylee, every chance she got. Barbara liked to sit outside in her swing and watch the birds, and play with her buddy "Socks" the dog when her grandkids came to visit. She especially liked to make the trip to Jerseyville and visit her brother, Tom, and looked forward to her yearly trip to the casino. Barbara is survived by her husband, Allen, of Barry; a son, Allen (wife Meleah) of Barry and a daughter, Tressia Fox of Baylis; six grandchildren, Kelsie (husband Keenan) Sappington, Allison, Nathan and Chase Fox and Alexis and Jordan Flynn; a great-granddaughter Haylee Sappington; a brother, Tom Stierley (wife Clara) of Jerseyville; and a sister, Lola Marsh (husband Larry) of Colorado. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gale and Ron Stierley; and a sister, Clara Elder. SERVICES: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Parklawn Cemetery in Barry. VISITATION: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

ROBERT W. FLYNN , 67, of South Jacksonville died Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at his residence. He was born March 7, 1940 in Waverly the son of Clarence and Lucille Garman Flynn. He married Delores White on March 11, 1958 in Jacksonville and she survives. He is also survived by one son, John (wife, Deanna) Flynn of Pearl; one daughter, Kathy (husband, Jim) Clendenny of Franklin; 3 grandchildren, Kristy Clendenny of Jacksonville and Robyn Flynn and Dylan Flynn both of Pearl and one brother, Clarence (wife, Jean) Flynn, Jr. of Alexander. He was preceded in death by one son, Robert W. "Rob" Flynn, Jr. and one brother, Lloyd Ray Flynn. Mr. Flynn was a retired truck driver. He was a member of Milton Christian Church and enjoyed fishing, watching Cardinal baseball and College basketball.

CECILE MARIE (SMITH) FOSTER - of Pittsfield, IL passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the age of 100. Cecile was born on December 6, 1913 in Naples, IL, Scott County, Illinois to parents Jesse Burton Smith and Lula Mae Williams Smith, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her husband Charles Edward Foster; her infant twin son and daughter, Delbert and Dorothy Foster; brother John Smith, and sisters Glenna Smith and Margaret Smith Roberts. Survivors include four children, daughter Charlotte Hamilton and husband David of Pittsfield, daughter Marjory Wilson and husband Jim of Clark, MO, daughter Carolyn Foster of Pittsfield, and son Richard Foster and wife Ronda of Pittsfield. Two of Cecile's sisters survive, Helen Smith Scranton of Mt. Sterling and Beulah Smith Dunham of Pittsfield. Seven grandchildren survive, including John Hamilton and wife Diane of Pittsfield, Linda Sterne and husband Darryl of Hico, TX, Mark Hamilton and wife Cathy of Lighthouse Point, FL, Shelly Farris and husband Steve of Moberly, MO, Heather Gibson of Boonville, MO, and Brady Foster and Rebecca Foster of Pittsfield. Nine great grandchildren as well as five great-great grandchildren survive. Great grandchildren include Crystal McAllister, Evan Hamilton, Emily C. Newton, Kati Affanato, Natalie Hamilton, Emily Gibson, Ashley Gibson, Allison Farris, and Jay Farris. Great-great grandchildren include Weston McAllister, Nate McAllister, Kilyn Oxley, Striker Hamilton, and Kolbie Newton. Cecile enjoyed both flower and vegetable gardening, cooking and baking, quilting and embroidery and she was an avid reader. Cecile grew up as a farmer's daughter and was a farmer's wife for most of her life, therefore she was no stranger to hard work. She took great pride in keeping a clean house. Cecile was a nanny before her marriage and over her lifetime she variously worked at Ackles Orchard, Perry Locker, Barry Community Care Center and was a babysitter and housekeeper/caregiver to many. She was a member of New Hartford Christian Church, Pittsfield Garden Club and WCTU. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Bro. Bill Smith officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Pittsfield.
Contributed by Bill Browning - Pike Press

EVA L. (PEER) FOSTER - 74, of Quincy, a retired employee of Blessing Hospital in Quincy and former employee of Illini Hospital in Pittsfield, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1982 in Blessing Hospital. Born in Pike county Aug. 19, 1908 she was a daughter of John Franklin and Leanna Saunders Peer. She married William Ray Foster Aug. 18, 1929, in Pittsfield. He preceded her in death. She was a member of Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy, the Quincy Senior Citizens club and the Coldwater Community club. Surviving are two sons, William F. of Pittsfield and G. Robert of Barry; a daughter, Mrs Bill (Ruth Ann) Skirvin of Loveland, Colo.; three brothers, Clay Peer of Palmyra, Mo., Virgil Peer of Orion and Kenneth Peer of Hollister, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Kingery of Pittsfield and Mrs Dolly Hager of Centralia, Mo.; a stepson, James R. Foster; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A daughter and a grandchild preceded her in death. Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Niebur Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev Henry Pratt. Burial was in St. Stephen Episcopal cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy or to the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

HAZEL MAY (EAGER) FOSTER - 90, of Barry, died at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1981) in the Community Care Center in Barry. Mrs. Foster was born Oct. 1891, in Adams County, a daughter of John and Eliza Jansen Eager. She married Frank Foster on Sept. 16, 1909. He died Sept. 28, 1954. She was a member of the Barry Christian Church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Goldie) Swartzbaugh of Prairie City and Mrs. Myrl (Erma) Coultas of Barry; two sons, Glenn of Barry, and Kenneth of Quincy; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday in the McNabb Funeral Home in Barry, conducted by the Rev. Ray Harbert. Burial will be in the Park Lawn Cemetery at Barry. Memorials may be made to the Barry Community Care Center.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

JESSE FOSTER - 88, of Quincy, formerly of Mozier, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. A WWII Army veteran, he received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the New Guinea Campaign Star. He was a retired welder/mechanic and farmer. Born May 9, 1921 in Mozier, he was the son of the late Jesse W. and Rosa May (Highman) Foster. Surviving are a sister, Lena Taylor of Pittsfield; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Watson, Harold, William, Guy and Otis Foster; three sisters, Velma Sidwell, Lois Sichmeier and Lola Foster. Visitation was held Thursday, March 11, from 10 a.m. until time of service at Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Hardin. The funeral was conducted Thursday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Hardin with Rev. Wilson Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Fox ,Creek Cemetery in Mozier with full military rites.
Contributed by Billie Browning

KEVIN SHANE FOSTER - 33 of Nebo, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Kevin was born Sept. 17, 1998 in Berlin, Vt., a son of Randy and Nena Marszalkowski Foster. Kevin was employed as a carpenter for McGruder Construction Company of Eolia, Mo. Kevin was a hard worker, always happy, self sufficient and a very proud young man. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his kids, Matthew, Corbin and Alana. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an excellent fish fryer. He is survived by his companion, Ann “Kathy” Harris, his mother, Nena Coultas and companion, John Hanes of Rockport, his father, Randy Foster of Raleigh, N.C., step-father, Mark Coultas of Summer Hill, sons, Matthew and Corbin Fussellman and a daughter, Alana Harris. Additional survivors are brothers, Shane (Sarah) Foster of Pleasant Hill, Matt Coultas of Pittsfield, Mark William Coultas of Pittsfield, sister, Toni Foster of Anderson, S.C.; grandparents, Louis and Jean Marszalkowski of Cumberland, R.I., June Minor of Rockport, Sue Foster of Raleigh, N.C.; nieces and nephews, Dylan, Lane and Ellie Foster and Maya Coultas and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Herdon Foster. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Jim Jacques and Pat McKinnon officiating
Contributed by Billie Browning

MARY ALMIRA (MILLER) FOSTER daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Miller, was born at Pearl, IL Feb. 17, 1858, and departed this life at 5:40 p.m. Sunday Jan. 22, 1928, at her home in New Canton, IL, at the age of 69 years, 11 months and five days.

At the age of 15 years she united with the Christian Church at Independence. He father was a clergyman in the same denomination and served several pastorates in Illinois. She was married to Henry Foster at Independence, June 9, 1878. To this union were born five children, two of whom survive her, William H. Foster of New Canton and Jesse E. Foster of Hannibal Mo. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Mrs. Iva Masters and Charles William Foster of New Canton, and little Mary Anna Foster of Hannibal; two sisters, Mrs. Nan Brummell of Martinsburg and Mrs. Elizabeth Wagoner of Ponca City, Okla.; one brother George Miller of Isabel, Kan. She has been in poor health since an accident about four years ago and in the last year has failed rapidly. All through her illness she has been a patient and cheerful sufferer always enjoying the visits of her friends and family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, taking great comfort in her three grand-children. She will be sadly missed by her loved ones, her neighbors and friends
Contributed by Mindy Doellman from the Pike County Republican 22 January 1928

MARY JO (FLETCHER) FOSTER 79 of Pittsfield passed away Tuesday evening, May 14, 2013 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Mary Jo was born in Barry, IL on July 13, 1933, a daughter of Joseph Aaron and Hilda Hack Fletcher. She married William F. Foster on August 18, 1951 in the Baptist Church in Barry and he survives. Mary Jo attended John Wood Community College taking business courses in shorthand and typing. She had worked for the USDA Soil & Water Conservation for twenty-two years as an office administrator and was the treasurer for the Bay Creek Watershed District for twenty-seven years. Mary Jo was a member of the Pike County Home Extension, Fireside Friends Camping Club and was a member of Golden Guernsey Association. She was active in 4-H and enjoyed gardening, hummingbirds, sewing and crocheting, cooking and canning. She loved traveling, music and playing the piano and reading and was a proof reader for the Pike Press newspaper. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Bill of sixty-one years, sons, Donald (Dianna) Foster of Pittsfield; David (Debbie) Foster of Rolling Meadows, IL; a daughter, Anita (Ed) Selock of Monticello, IL; six grandchildren, Sarah (Jim) Sullivan of Springfield, IL; Michael (Jamie) Foster of Mt. Zion IL; Julie Foster of Pittsfield; Deanna Foster of Rolling Meadows, IL; Dusti Foster of Bloomington, IL; Ren Selock of Monticello, IL; and three great grandchildren. Two sisters survive, Minnie Gallaher of Quincy, IL and Alvah (Dan) Fryer of Galesburg, IL in addition to several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Foster. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Herschel Carter officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. Stephens Episcopal Cemetery in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to be made to the American Cancer Society or the Shriners Hospital for Children-St. Louis Unit. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

NEVA (SHANAHAN) FOSTER - 82, of Pittsfield, died at 6 a.m. Saturday (June 13, 1981) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Niebur Funeral Home. A full obituary will appear in Sunday's Herald-Whig. Sunday would be June 14, 1981.
[SSDI: Neva was born 3 Dec 1898. Further research indicates her husband's name was Robert, and they had a daughter Elizabeth, b. in late 1919. Neva's parents were Patrick and Elizabeth Shanahan. vgb]
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from the Virginia Hart Collection

WILLIAM F. FOSTER - 81 of rural Pittsfield passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Bill was born near Pittsfield, IL on March 14, 1932, a son of William Ray and Eva Lois Peer Foster. He married Mary Jo Fletcher on August 18, 1951 at the Barry Baptist Church in Barry, IL. Mary Jo preceded him in death on May 14, 2013. Bill was a fourth generation of the family farm in which the land was granted to his great grandfather by President Martin Van Buren. He had been a dairy, grain and livestock farmer, worked as an electrician and had worked at the Pittsfield Manor in the maintenance department. He was a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau, Coldwater Community Club, Fireside Friends Camping Club and a member of the Illinois and American Guernsey Association. In earlier years he was active in the El Dara Lucky Loafers as a 4-H leader. Bill enjoyed gardening, traveling, fishing, woodworking and deer watching. He is survived by two sons, Donald (Dianna) Foster of Pittsfield; David (Debbie) Foster of Rolling Meadows, IL and a daughter, Anita (Ed) Selock of Monticello, IL. Six grandchildren survive, Sarah (Jim) Sullivan of Springfield, IL; Michael (Jamie) Foster of Mt. Zion, IL; Julie Foster of Pittsfield; Deanna Foster of Rolling Meadows IL; Dusti Foster of Bloomington, IL and Ren Selock of Monticello, IL in addition to three great grandchildren, Brock Foster, Alex Sullivan and Audrey Sullivan. One brother and one sister survive, G. Robert (Melba) Foster of Barry and Ruth Ann (Bill) Skirvin of Loveland, CO. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo, a daughter, Peggy, half brother, Jim Foster and a sister, Mary in infancy. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Herschel Carter officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. Stephens Episcopal Cemetery in Pittsfield.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

CARLENE (MARTIN) FOX 74, of Pleasant Hill died at 5:20 p.m. Thursday (April 6, 1995) in her home. Born Jan. 12, 1921, in Bel­leview, Mrs. Fox was a daughter of Frank and Pearl Roach Martin. She married Eurbane C. Fox on March 4, 1939 in Ellsberry, Mo. He died Feb. 18, 1993. She was a member of Mozier Christian Church. Survivors include two sons, Leonard Fox of Hamburg. and Lonnie Fox of East Alton; one daughter, Cheryl Sackreiter of Columbia, Mo.; one brother, Paul Martin of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. She was preceded by one brother. Gilbert E. Martin. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by Brother Jerry Webster. Burial will be in Nebo Cemetery in Nebo.
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HOWARD G. FOX , 74, of New Canton died at 12:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, 1982 in Muscatine (Iowa) General Hospital. He was editor and publisher of The Press newspaper in New Canton for 44 years. Born Dec. 30, 1907 in New Canton, he was a son of Walter W. and Sara McFarland Fox. He married Sarah Sebers Sept. 22, 1928 in Hannibal, Mo. and she survives. Mr. Fox was a Nay veteran of World War II, a charter member of the New Canton fire department and a Red Cross instructor. For several years he wrote a column for The Pike Press. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Thomas of Muscatine, Ia., three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, in Morey cemetery at New Canton with William Phillips officiating. Davis Funeral Home of Canton, Mo. was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Volunteer Emergency Corps.
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[The nickname "Chiz" was handwritten into the obituary, probably by Evelyn Smith. vgb]

SARAH (McFARLAND) FOX , well known New Canton matron died at her home Sunday evening, January 27, 1946, following an illness of more than eight years. Sarah McFarland, daughter of Joseph and Mary Kelly McFarland, was born at New Canton, Illinois, July 22, 1876. After the death of her father, her mother was united in marriage to William F. White and the family moved to Barry, IL where she was educated in the public school and grew to young womanhood. On November 28, 1901, she was united in marriage to William Walter Fox of New Canton, IL and resided on a farm south of town until 1923 when they moved into New Canton. They became the parents of three children, Helen Lena, who died at the age of 8 months, and two sons, Walter, Jr. and Howard. Besides her husband and sons, she is survived by one grandson, Tommy Fox; one half-brother, G. L. White of Everett, Washington, and two aunts, Mrs. Nancy Blair of Barry and Mrs. Eliza Delahay of Jefferson City, Missouri. Mrs. Fox was a member of the Christian Church and the Eastern Star No 215. As long as her health permitted she took an active part in the civic and social affairs of her community and her hospitable and friendly disposition surrounded her with friends. Funeral services will be held in the Hufnagle Funeral Home this Wed. afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. W. E. Gustafson, pastor of the New Canton Methodist Church, in charge. Music will be by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hufnagel, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Alfs. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Barry, IL with Carson Wike, Carson Brown, Wilbert Wallace, Robert Hunter, Russell Gunlock, and George Robb acting as casket bearers.

THOMAS H. FOX , 81, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at his home. Mr. Fox was born July 16, 1929, in New Canton, Ill., the son of Howard and Sara Sebers Fox. He married Julia L. Marks July 15, 1950, in Hannibal, Mo. He graduated from the New Canton High School in 1947, where he played baseball, basketball, and track, earning 12 letters. He served as president of his class all four years of high school. He attended Western Illinois University and also the University of Illinois. He served as a sergeant in the 503rd Combat Military Police Battalion from 1951-53, during the Korean Conflict. In 1953, he rejoined the Midwest Department Stores as a merchandise manager at Halback and Schroeder in Quincy, Ill. He also managed McCabe's in Rock Island, Ill., and Young's Department Store in Kansas City, and the Batterson Store in Muscatine. He and his wife owned and operated Fox's Clothing Store from 1962-84. He then worked as an ad representative for TCI Cablevision, retiring in 2000. He had been a member of the Muscatine Y's Men's Club, Kiwanis, Muscatine Quarterback Club, Elk's Lodge No. 304, and the Muscatine Little League, where he served as manager for many years. He served as a board member of the Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, Brush Buster Club in New Canton, Ill., and was a charter board member of the Muscatine Development Corp. He thoroughly enjoyed his family and especially playing and watching sports with his grandchildren. He was an avid Cardinals fan and Iowa and Iowa State fan, depending on which family member he was with. Left to honor his memory include his wife, Julia Fox of Muscatine; a son, Steve Fox and wife, Carol, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Tammy Welk and husband, Tom of Muscatine, and Charla Schafer and husband, John of Muscatine; eight grandchildren, Travis Fox and wife, Corey, Dan Welk and wife, Renee, Tracy Nelson and husband, Jeff, Matt Welk and wife, Ashley, Ryan Fox, Brad Schafer, Mark Schafer, and Scott Schafer; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Doris Ellison of Canton, Mo.He was preceded in death by his parents. Casketbearers will be Travis Fox, Dan Welk, Tracy Nelson, Matt Welk, Ryan Fox, Brad Schafer, Mark Schafer, and Scott Schafer
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WALTER WILLIAM FOX , widely known New Canton, IL resident, passed away in Levering Hospital at Hannibal, MO Sunday afternoon, April 1, 1951, at 3:30. He had been in failing health for a long time and had been almost continuously hospitalized since last November. He was 71 years old. Mr. Fox was well-known over a wide area as a breeder of pure bred seed corn and as an exhibitor of prize winning corn and grain. He designed, installed and had charge of the Illinois Agriculture Exhibit at two World Fairs, San Francisco in 1915 and Philadelphia in 1926. His hobby during his later years was making pictures with grain for which he received wide acclaim and from which he derived much pleasure. In his earlier life he took an active part in all community movements. He helped organize and was an original member of the board of education of the New Canton Community High School. He assisted in the establishment of the Pike County Farm Bureau, served on its executive board and was treasurer for several years. He was a member of New Canton Lodge No. 821 A. F. & A. M. and had been united with the Christian Church for many years. He loved sports, especially baseball, and was instrumental in organizing Pike County's first "Little Six" league for which he served as director. He was a loyal fan and acted as scorekeeper for a long time. Mr. Fox was born in New Canton, March 22, 1880, the son of William W. and Rose Saxbury Fox. On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1902, he was united in marriage to Sarah McFarland at her home in Barry, IL. To this union were born three children, Helen Lena, who died in infancy; and Walter L. and Howard G., both of New Canton. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died January 27, 1946. Besides his two sons, he leaves a grandson, Pvt. Thomas H. Fox of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; a brother, Edwin Fox of Peoria, IL; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Strader of Carthage, IL and Mrs. Stella Wilson Hatton of Hannibal, MO; and six nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, April 5, at 2:30 from the Union Church at New Canton, with Rev. John Golden of Hannibal officiating. Masonic Lodge No. 821 will conduct rites. Mr. John Wheelan will sing, accompanied by Mrs. Robert Alfs. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery at Barry, IL. Serving as casket bearers will be brother Masons, Everett Gard, Everett Wallace, George Robb, William Koeller, R. M. Fesler and Charles Parks.

ALLIE J. (ASKEW) FRANKLIN , 76, of Pittsfield, IL, died Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois. She was born on August 20, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri to Perry and Helen Humphrey Askew. She married Oliver J. Franklin on November 19, 1955 in Quincy, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2004. Alice was a Nurse’s Aid at Owen Care Center in Pittsfield, Illinois, and the Maple Grove Nursing Home in Louisiana, Missouri, as well as a cook at the Cardinal Inn in Pittsfield, Illinois, She was especially known for baking pies. Alice was of Baptist faith. She enjoyed listening to Blue Grass music, going to the Pike County Senior Center, buying and trying her luck on lottery tickets, and cooking for her family. She is survived by two sons, Mark Franklin of Pittsfield, IL, and Jerry (Jeannie) Franklin of Gerard, IL; four daughters, Valerie Syrcle of Pittsfield, Il, Lucille (Mark) Miller of Pleasant Hill, IL, Carol (Mike) Newbrough of Monroe City, MO, and Mary (Fred) Ellis of Lewisburg, TN; a brother, Jack (Connie) Askew of Belleview, MO; five sisters, Patsy (Joe) Price of Belleview, MO, Rose (Norman) Clark of Belleview, MO, Ruby (Dave) McPeek of Belleview, MO, and Betty (Companion, Luther) Keith of Belleview, MO, along with 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by one brother, Sonny Askew and one sister, Lucy Blankenship. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at 2:00 P. M. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, Illinois, with Pastor Robert Cook officiating. Burial will be at the Crescent Heights Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Illinois. A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2011 prior to the services from noon until 2 P.M. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Crescent Heights Cemetery or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at info@nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.
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ED FRANKLIN , 47, son of S. G. and Minnie McConnell Franklin of Pittsfield , died at work at 10:05 Thursday, December 12, 1963 in Springfield . He was born Dec. 5, 1916 at Pleasant Hill and was graduated from the high school there. He was married May 21, 1939 in Troy , Mo. to Miss Marjorie Wombles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Wombles of New Canton. To this union was born one son, Gary Dee Franklin, a paratrooper who is stationed at Panama Canal . He arrived home Friday and will remain until Feb. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin had lived at 2409 State St. in Springfield for the past 10 years. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Ironworkers Union and was a foreman of the ironworkers at Chism Construction Company. He was a member of the Baptist church in Springfield . Mr. Franklin leaves his wife, his son, his parents, one brother, Roy Franklin of Nebo, and one sister, Geneva Vogel of Bowling Green, Mo. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 16, 1963 at the Methodist church in New Canton with the Rev. Smith of Springfield and the Rev. Fletcher of New Canton in charge. Casketbearers were Gard Fisher, William Gard, Harry Koeller, Baker Brown, Charles Cheek and Lester Deyhuff. Burial was in Shearer Cemetery .

EFFIE (STARK) FRANKLIN - Everyone in this community was shocked last Friday evening to learn of the death of Mrs. Effie Stark Franklin. Her body was found about 5:30 P.M. by her nephew Perry Walston, who lived with her, when he came from work. He had worked in the timber all afternoon and when he came in and did not find her, he, supposing she had gone to a neighbors, ate a lunch and then started out to milk. When he started toward the barn he could see her hanging in a shed, with her sun bonnet hanging on a door hasp. He then ran to the home of her brother, John, who lives near and summoned him to witness the tragedy. The doctor was called and Coroner Roy Conboy was summoned. A jury composed of Jas. Greenstreet, Harold Kindle, Harry Peck, Alonzo Zumwalt, Bert Chamberlain and J. D. Jackson, Foreman found she had come to her death by hanging by her own hand. She had laid a rail over the hole leading into the loft and thrown a halter rope over this and stepped from a box nearby. When found her feet were just barely off the ground. She left a note on the sewing machine giving instructions as to what undertaker she wanted, the dress to be buried in and stated she wished to be taken to the West Cemetery at Pittsfield for burial at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. These requests were carried out. Mrs. Franklin, 54 years of age and a life long resident of this community was held in high esteem by her friends, always quiet and unassuming. She leaves 3 brothers, John, Charles, William and nieces and nephews. From Kathy Robinson’s notes: Effie Stark Franklin was born July 6, 1880 near Nebo, Pike county, Illinois and died May 10, 1935 in Pleasant Hill Township, Pike County, Illinois. She is buried at West Cemetery in Pittsfield. She was the wife of Herbert Franklin and her parents were John Squire Stark and Louise Jane Hamner.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan’s scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas

ELIZA (SMITH) FRANKLIN ,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smith, was born in Essex, England, August the 18, 1846. Departed this life Feb. 2nd 1924, at Nebo, Illinois after an illness of several months duration. She grew to womanhood in England, having spent her childhood days there where she received her education and early training that fitted her to be the good wife and mother she afterwards became. She came to America in the year l871 in order to meet her prospective husband, their troth having been plighted in their native country. She was married to Robert Franklin at New Haven, Conn., on the 21th day of Nov. 1871 To this union six children were born namely, Albert, (died in infancy) William, Henry, Walter and Edward living at or near Nebo and Hurbert of Pearl, Ill, and 17 grand children all of whom survive her. In early married iife Mrs. Franklin traveled with her husband in pursuit of his profession in many Eastern cities and states, maintaining a pleasant home for him in the different cities to which his business interests called him, finally locating in Cleveland, Ohio where they established. In 1876 they decided to get on a farm, so they traded their home in Cleveland Ohio for an 80 acre tract of land in Spring Creek Tp., near Strout, Ill, and with their two children William and Henry moved to this neighborhood where they built their home, reared their family and remained there until their children had all grown to manhood and established homes of their own. In their later life they built them a home in Nebo, Ill. where they lived out the remainder of their lives. Mr. Franklin died March the 7, 1915 but she continued to keep up her home, managing in the same methodical way as she had done all her life. She was a devout Christian lady and a member of the Christian church at Nebo. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Franklin was one of those kind hearted, conscientious home loving kind of woman that was characteristic of the early settlers of this country, believing that the rearing of a good family educating them to do unto others as they wish to be done by and setting before them an example of an honest, moral, and Christian character, was the high ambition which every mother should attain. That she succeeded and the seed sown in the lives of her children has brought forth fruit abundantly was realized by her in her declining years. A good Citizen, a good neighbor, a good mother and a good friend has gone to meet her husband and receive the reward of the just. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. DeWitt Matsler. Nebo Chapter No. 208 O. E. S. attended in a body and had charge of the services at the Cemetery. Interment was in Hunter Cemetery.
Source: Dania Ward at Find-A-Grave

ETHEL ELLEN (SMITH) FRANKLIN ,79, died in her home in Pleasant Hill, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19, 1963. She had lived in Pleasant Hill community most of her life. Mrs. Franklin was born in Pike county April 10, 1884, a daughter of Herschel and Bertha Ann Hughart Smith. She was a member of the Baptist church. Mrs. Franklin was married three times, first to Charles Armstrong on Sept. 15, 1901. In 1923 she was married to William Burke, and on Dec. 7, 1949, to Tracy Franklin. Surviving are the husband; four children, Mrs. Blanche Naumann and Mrs. Leota Streb of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Patricia Southers and Charles Armstrong of St. Louis; three sisters, Miss Helen Smith of East Alton, Mrs. Alice Davis of Fenton, Michigan, and Mrs. Dolly Reinhardt of East St. Louis; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Ward funeral chapel in Pleasant Hill, Monday afternoon at 2, with Bro. Francis Sheppard officiating. Burial was in Wells cemetery.
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EVERETT OLIVER FRANKLIN , 78, of Summer Hill, was pronounced dead on arrival at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield after he collapsed at his home of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Franklin was born in Pleasant Hill March 4, 1907, the son of William O. and Tabitha Jane Smith Franklin. He married Lucille E. Craigmiles Nov. 24, 1927, in Pittsfield. She survives. Mr. Franklin was a custodian at Pittsfield High School, retiring in 1971. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Also surviving are a son, Oliver J. of Quincy; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home by the Rev. Francis Sheppard. Burial was in Crescent heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be made to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Association.
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GARY FRANKLIN , of Mt. Juliet, passed away on September 1, 2013 at age 70. He was a Senior Division Measurement Technician/Project Manager for Spectra Energy where he worked for 41 years. Mr. Franklin was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Hermitage, and a Jaycee in Illinois and Oklahoma. The Memorial Service, conducted by Pastor Keith Encko, is 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (1003 Hickory Hill Lane), in Hermitage TN, with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Survivors include wife of 47 years, Darlyne Weden Franklin; children: Gary Dee (Valerie) Franklin II, Jennifer Darlyne Franklin, and Heidi Dawn (Lane) Phelps; and grandchildren: Austin Dee Franklin Bates, Paige Renee' Trumbo, Dorothy Murphy, Charitie Dawn Franklin, Rheann Danielle Franklin, Ethan Dee Phelps, and Daniel Williams. He is preceded in death by father Ed Franklin, mother Marjorie Franklin, of New Canton and Pleasant Hill IL
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GEORGE RAYMOND FRANKLIN ,71, of rural Chambersburg died Aug. 24, 1981 at St. Mary Hospital, Quincy. Born Dec. 15, 1909 in Chambersburg, he was a son of George and Fannie Six Franklin. He is survived by a sister, Miss Beulah Franklin of Chambersburg, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters and five brothers. Mr Franklin was a World War II Army veteran, a member of the United Methodist Church and Perry American Legion Post 1040. Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Skinner Funeral Home with the Rev Harry K. Deffley officiating. Interment was in McCord cemetery, Perry.
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GERTRUDE (WHITTEN) FRANKLIN , 83, Kansas City, Kans., formerly of Pike county, died Sunday, July 25, 1982, in Kansas City. Mrs Franklin was born in Pike county July 30, 1898, a daughter of Will and Mary Ewing Whitten. She married Paul Franklin, and he died June 15, 1968. Survivors include two sons, George W., Kansas City, Kans. and John R., Overland Park, Kans.; a brother, Neville Whitten, Los Angeles, Calif.,; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchldren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at McCord cemetery at Perry with the Rev Harry K. Deffley officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, at Skinner Funeral Home in Griggsville.
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HENRY FRANKLIN , second son of Robert and Eliza Franklin, was born Mar. 13, 1875, in Cleveland, Ohio. When but a babe his parents moved to Strout, Ill., and for a while made their home in the house where he has resided ever since he was married. In the same community he grew to manhood, attending school in the Nebraska district. He was married to Verna Bunn, Jan. 23, 1900, and to them were born two sons – Owen of Woodriver, and Lynn, who has so faithfully carried the burdens of the farm home after his father’s affliction. After years of honest toll, Mr. Franklin became afflicted two years ago with an enlargement of the heart and after treatment from local physicians, went to the Mayo hospital at Rochester, Minn., last September. His brother Herbert accompanied him to that place. After a month’s treatment he returned home, but gradually became weaker. On April 17, in company with his brothers, William and Herbert, he went to St. Louis, and was examined by Dr. Meisenbach. Sunday afternoon, he went to the home of his son in Woodriver. There he rapidly became worse and the son accompanied him on his return to Pearl the following Tuesday. Not being able to ride to his home, he stopped with his brother, Herbert, where he gradually grew weaker until last Thursday evening at 9:30, when he passed away at the age of 51 years, 1 month and 9 days. The deceased is survived by his faithful wife, the two sons, Owen and Lynn; his daughter-in-law; a granddaughter, Evelyn Ruth, whom he dearly loved (though she will now know, because of her age, his love); four brothers, Herbert of Pearl, William, Walter and Edward of Nebo; their families, and many other relatives and friends. His father died March 7, 1915, and his mother Feb. 2, 1924. He was a kind husband, a good father who by precept and example taught his sons the ways of morality and righteousness, and a worthy neighbor, ?? and respected for his many excellent qualities. He will be sadly missed by his brothers who ministered to him so lovingly and tenderly in his last illness; his family, who love him for his tender care and service to them; and by his many friends and neighbors, who always found him ready with a willing heart and hand to help them in time of need. But such a life does not end in death, - it lives on with a vitality of inspiration and a sweet memory in the lives of those who knew him best. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Nebo on Sunday, April 25, at 1:30 o’clock p.m., conducted by evangelist H. W. Cuppy of La Fontaine, Inc. Interment was in the family lot in the Hunter cemetery. There were many beautiful floral offerings attesting the esteem of his many neighbors and friends.
From Kathy Robinson’s notes: Henry Franklin died April 22, 1926 and is buried in Hunter Cemetery, Nebo, Pike, Illinois.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan’s scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

IRVIN DEAN FRANKLIN , 76, of rural Nebo, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, 2011 at the Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. He was born at home on the family farm near Nebo Aug. 4, 1935, the son of Lynn and Ruth Ann Brian Franklin. He married Betty L. Johnson Dec. 26, 1998 in Pittsfield and she survives. Irvin Dean was a life long Pike County grain and livestock farmer and was well known for his Polled Hereford cattle. He had also served as tax assessor for Spring Creek Township and as a substitute rural mail carrier. He was a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau, the Pike County Fair Board and the Pike County Farm Service Agency. He enjoyed photography, woodworking and his cattle. Irvin Dean was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Pearl Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Betty L. Franklin of rural Nebo; four step-children, Terry (Dale) Lacey of Milton, Sandy (Jim) Ator of Odessa, Texas, Mark (Jill Brennan) McGlauchlen of Pittsfield and Lynn (Phil) Ottwell of Milton; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Irvin Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Ruth Franklin. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nebo Church of Christ conducted by Bro. Wilson Ramsey and Bro. Edd Sterchi. Burial was in the Nebo Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday evening from 5–8 p.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be made to the Nebo Church of Christ, the Pearl Church of Christ or to the Pike County Christmas Basket Program. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill was in charge of arrangements
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JOHN T. FRANKLIN , died at his late home, 414 East Pierce street Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, aged 79 years and one day. Death was due to paralysis. He had been in poor health for some time, but he had not been confined to his bed before death but two days. Funeral service ?? the house Saturday afternoon, commencing at 1:45; conducted by rev. Richard Crewes. Interment in the Stice cemetery, late Saturday afternoon. Deceased was bon in the state of Kentucky on Jan. 26, 1832. He moved in this state in 1864, settling in the north part of the county. He had resided in Macomb since 1902. Mr. Franklin was twice married. His first wife was Mary Nance. One child Sylvester, now of Wallace, Nebr., was born to this union. His second wife was America White, to whom he was married in Kentucky in the year 1861. Two children survive the last union. They are Perry Franklin of Freemont, Nebr., and Mrs. Warren Stice of White City, Kans. One brother, Marshall Franklin, of Kentucky, is the only surviving member of the elder Franklin family. The friends extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved.
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - obit from Cora Sackett, Pittsfield, Illinois

LUCILLE (CRAIGMILES) FRANKLIN , 95, of the Pittsfield Healthcare Center, and formerly of Summer Hill, died Friday morning, Aug. 26, 2005 at the center. She was born April 20, 1910 in Pleasant Hill, a daughter of William and Grace Doyle Craigmiles. She married Everett O. Franklin on Nov. 24, 1927 in Pittsfield and he preceded her in death Nov. 19, 1985. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Alice Franklin of Pittsfield and numerous grand- children, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; a son in infancy, Everett, Jr.; a daughter, Mildred Johnson; a son, Oliver J. Franklin; and a grandson, Dennis Franklin. Mrs. Franklin was a homemaker and had been employed by the Brown shoe company in Pittsfield. She was of the Baptist faith. Graveside services were held Monday at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill conducted by Don Hannel. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Ward-Lummis Funeral Home. Ward-Lmmis funeral Home in Pleasant Hill handled the arrangements.
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MARY M. (GILKEY) FRANKLIN , was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, Feb 15, 1832, died 2.5 miles west of Nebo Sept 11, 1906. after a lingering illness of some months. Deceased was 74 years, 6 months, 26 days of age. Was married to Richard Franklin, Feb 22, 1849 and came to Illinois soon afterward. She was the mother of 10 children; six of whom and the father had preceded her to the great beyond. Four sons, John, William, James and Marshall survive her. Her life was given early to Christ, and she has always lived a consistent Christian. She was first a member of the M.E. Church but after coming to Illinois, she united with the Christian Church and continued in that fellowship until death, being a member of Nebo Church. Her life was given to the important work of caring for her family and no one has ever done this work better. Besides the immediate family she leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Funeral Services were held Wed morning at the home, conducted by Eld. J.W. Pearson of the Christian Church, after which the remains were interred in the Venable cemetery. A large concourse of relatives and friends were present at the funeral.
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - Obit from Cora Sackett, Pittsfield, Illinois

MERALL FRANKLIN , 57, of Jacksonville died Saturday at his residence. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church. Burial will be in Green Point (must mean Green Pond) Cemetery, north of Pearl. Cody and Son Memorial Home, Jacksonville, is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Black; three sons, Rodney of Summerville, S.C., Dennis of Jacksonville, Michael of San Francisco, of Calif.; one daughter, Roxana of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren; four sisters, Ramona Campbell of Columbus, Ind, Faye Ottwell of Pearl and Anna Frances Maxwell of Las Vegas, Nev. and Madelyn Reed of Bethalto.

NEIL FRANKLIN , 62, died in Barnes Hospital on May 22, 1981, following a massive heart attack Saturday morning at 2 am in his home in Jerseyville. Born in Nebo, July 18, 1918, he was a son of the late Ed and Fannie Martin Franklin. Survivors include his wife, the former Corrine Coulter; a son Jan, of Jerseyville; two daughters, Alice and Anne, both of Springfield; one sister, Edrah Goltz of Alton; three brothers, Evans of Nebo, Denham of Alton, and Harris of Pleasant Hill, and three grandchildren, also of Jerseyville. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Murrell of Powell, Wyo., and Robert of Nebo. A graduate of Bradley University in Peoria where he studied horology, he first was employed at Main Jewelers in Pittsfield, later moving to Athens, Ga., where he worked at his profession for two years. He returned to Peoria as an instructor at Bradley for one year. He and his wife puchased the La Ross Jewelry Store in Jerseyville from Mr and Mrs Ross Henry in 1953 and he operated it until the time of his death. A World War II Veteran, Mr Franklin was a member of the American Legion, a Master Mason, member of Ainid Shriner's Club, member of Lions Club, Westlake Country club and of First United Methodist Church in Jerseyville, where funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Burial was in the Nebo cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - Virginia Hart Collection

NORMA (BUCHANAN) FRANKLIN , 90, of 700 South 16th, died at 5:40 p.m. Thursday (November 7, 2002) in Blessing Hospital. Born August 6, 1912 in Nebo, Illinois, Norma was the daughter of Lester and Gussie Mae Fielder Buchanan. She married Willard Franklin on November 11, 1945 in Clark County, Nevada. He died April 24, 1971. Norma was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Surviving is a sister, A. Morene Smith and her husband Jack of Quincy; two nephews, Lester Brown and his wife Vickie of Aledo, IL. and Michael Smith of Springfield, IL.; and four nieces, Barbara Pickens and her husband Daryl of Lawrence, KS., Sandy Meade and her husband Dan, Brenda Waggoner and her husband Dan and Jackie Shaul all of Quincy. Mrs. Franklin was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Fern Daniels and Pauline Brown. Cremation rites were accorded to Mrs. Franklin. Graveside memorial services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:00 in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. George Tomko. There will be no visitation, but friends are invited to the services. Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

RICHARD FRANKLIN , 76 of Nebo, IL passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. Kent was born on February 13, 1938 in Nebo, IL, a son of Robley "Evans" and Vernice Almira Boren Franklin. He married Diana Fern Osterman in Alton, IL on May 5, 1979 and she survives. Kent was a member of the Nebo Church of Christ, a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge #25 A.F. & A.M. in Alton, IL since November 1966 and a member of the St. Louis Moolah Shriners. Kent had worked at McDonnell Doulgas Aircraft Company in St. Louis, MO in the astronautics division working on the Gemini program, Mercury program, First Manned Apollo Mission and First Walk in Space program in addition to many other programs and accomplishments in the Aerospace industry. He was past president of the International Aerospace Machinists Union and he and Diana was active lobbyist for the machinist union local chapter. Kent loved to do things for others and donated the use of his many classic cars over the years for parades in Pike County and in Alton and St. Louis area. He was a loving husband, a great prankster with a never ending sweet tooth. He loved to collect memorabilia of his friends and of Pike County. Kent loved his dogs, Beanie, Beni and Kodi and went everywhere with him and Diana. Kent is survived by his wife, Diana of Nebo; son, Steven Franklin of Las Vegas, N.V.; daughter, Cathy (Steve) Wulfenstein of St. George, Utah; four grandchildren, Brittany (Chris) Jacoby, Amy, Katy, and Bradley Wulfenstein and a great granddaughter, Poppy Jacoby. A daughter-in-law, J.C. Cudiamat and many cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernice and Evans Franklin, brother, Ed Franklin and a sister, Patsy Franklin Harbin.
Contributed by Bill Browning - Pike Press

ROY FRANKLIN , 72, of Pleasant Hill, died Thursday (April 9, 1992) on his farm in Calhoun County. Born Dec. 30, 1919, in Pleasant Hill, Mr. Franklin was a son of Sylvester and Minnie McConnell Franklin. He married June Tolbert. He later married Ery "Billie" Steele on Jan. 7, 1955, in Holly Springs, Miss. She died Feb. 9, 1985. Mr. Franklin was a longtime farmer and welder and was a member of Pipefitters Union Local 562 of St. Louis. He was of the Protestant faith. Survivors include a son, James R. of Liberal, Kan.; two stepsons, James C. Sharp of Manilla, Ark., and Oran J. Sharp of Hannibal, Mo.; a sister, Genevieve Vogel of Bowl­ing Green, Mo.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Franklin was preceded in death by a brother, Ed. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Jerry Webster. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hi
Contributed by Billie Browning

TABITHA (SMITH) FRANKLIN ,died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Thomas in Pleasant Hill, Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 1950, at the age of 82. Tabitha Jane Franklin, daughter of William and Angeline Smith, was born in Nebo, on April 24, 1868. She was 82 years, 4 months, and 17 days of age. She was united in marriage to William Oliver Franklin on April 15, 1888, who died Dec. 6, 1939. To this union eight children were born: Mrs. Nora Freeman, Mrs. Clemmie Conner, Mrs. Gertrude Thomas and Mrs. Hallie Voshall, all of Pleasant Hill, and Everett Franklin of Pittsfield. Three children died in infancy. She became a member of the Christian Church at Nebo at 1909, during the first revival meeting held there by Rev. B. G. Reavis. Mrs. Franklin has made her home with Mrs. George Thomas for the past 13 years. During that time George and Gertie, with the help of the other children did all that loving hands could do for her comfort. She had spent her entire life in this community. She was a kind and understanding mother, never tiring, never complaining, as she followed life’s highway with its happiness and its sorrows. Surviving are the five children, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Joe Maynard of Pittsfield. Flower girls were: Hallie Robinson, Wanda Lee Conner, Donna Jean Greenstreet, Lucille Hawkins, Eva Jane Voshall, Mildred Toumbs, Mrs. Marydelle Turnbaugh, Mrs. Harriett Booth, Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thomas and Mrs. June Springer. Pallbearers were: Sonny Henderson, James Allen Robinson, Ralph Hawkins, Elba Schlieper, Claud Frankllin and Guy Bowman. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery.
Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas.

THOMAS EDWARD FRANKLIN , learning disabilities teacher at Pittsfield high school, was fatally injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on the Pleasant Hill-Nebo blacktop. Franklin, 42, was the subject of nationwide news coverage when he was arrested in January, 1973 on a spying charge by South Yemen officials. He had been vacationing with friends in the Arab counties when he was accused of taking pictures of what the South Yemenese officials claimed was a military installation. His imprisonment lasted for 16 months, during which time he had little contact with the outside world. His release was negotiated by Congressman Paul Findley who personally went to South Yemen in May, 1974, and spent three days in Aden talking with government officials to obtain his release. Franklin's teaching career included four years in Kuwait, two years in Tanzania, one year at Hannibal, one year at Pittsfield and Nebo, and most recently, two years at Pittsfield high school. Last summer he taught General Education Development classes for the U.S. Navy on the USS Monticello in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Pittsfield Lions club, Nebo Church of Christ and Pleasant Hill-Nebo volunteer ambulance group. During the summers of 1979 and 1980 he was employed as manager of the swimming pool at Pleasant Hill. In 1980 he was the Democratic candidate for the office of circuit clerk in Pike county.
2nd News Article: Thomas Edward "Ed" Franklin, 42, of Nebo, was pronounced dead at 3:33 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at Illini Hospital by Deputy Corner Robert Dawdy, following an accident that occurred earlier that afternoon on the Pleasant Hill and Nebo blacktop. According to the Pike county Sheriff's department report, a Ford pickup, driven by Earnest R. Pruett, 70, of rural Nebo, was westbound on the Nebo blacktop; a Ford dump truck, driven by Eugene Wallace, 26, of Shelbina, Mo., came up behind the Pruett unit, couldn't stop and tried to pass. Both the Pruett and Wallace units were approaching the top of a hill; the trailer of the Wallace unit jackknifed and slid sideways. Franklin, who was eastbound on the blacktop, came to the top of the hill and saw the other two units, and according to the accident report, ran off the road into a provate drive to dry to avoid an accident. The trailer of the Wallace unit struck and pushed the Frandlin vechile backwards for approximately 151 feet from the point of impact, and spun the car around. The Wallace unit went 218 feet from the point of impact before coming to rest. Wallace was ticket by the Pike county sheriff's department for reckless driving and improper overtaking on the left.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - Virginia Hart Collection
[SSDI: Thomas E. Franklin born 25 Sep 1930; died 30 Jan 1982.]

TRACY FRANKLIN , 70, of Pleasant Hill were held at 2 pm Monday at Ward Funeral Home there with Bro Francis Sheppard officiating. Burial was in Wells cemetery. Mr. Franklin died at 12:15 am Saturday Aug 15, 1970 in Illini hospital, Pittsfield , following a brief illness. He had spent most of his life in and around Pleasant Hill . Born Dec. 7, 1899 in Pike Co, Tracy Ernest Franklin was the son of Marshall and Hattie Harlow Franklin. In 1920 Mr. Franklin married Elsie Orden, who died, and he then married Ethel Smith Burke. She, too, preceded him in death. On May 6, 1968, he married Leda Alice Cates, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Keith Franklin of Alton and Marion Franklin of Chillicothe and Mrs. Evelyn Bizallion; also two sister, Mrs. Nellie Farran of Barry and Mrs. Cora Sackett of Pittsfield, and a brother, Forrest Franklin of Hardin. There are six stepchildren and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Christian church in Pleasant Hill .

VIVIAN (BUNN) FRANKLIN - Services for Vivian I. Franklin of Nebo were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Ward-Lummis Funeral Home, PleasantHill, with the Rev. Ron Greenhagen officiating. Interment was in the Nebo cemetery. Mrs. Frankin,68, died at 8:53 p.m. May 12, 1980 at Blessing Hospital Quincy, where she had been a patient since April 10. Born Dec. 3, 1911 in Calhoun county, she was a daughter of Dola and Minnie (Anson) Bunn. She married Robert Franklin July 20, 1935 at Carrollton. He died May 17, 1979. Mrs. Franklin was a graduate of Nebo high school, a member of the Nebo Church of Christ, and had been employed as a postal clerk. She is survived by one son, Kirk, of Quincy and two grandsons. She was preceded by her parents, husband and two sisters.
Virginia Hart Collections

WILLIAM OLIVER FRANKLIN , son of Richard and Mary Gylkie Franklin, was born Oct. 4, 1863 in Pleasant Hill Township , and departed this life December 6, 1939 at the home of his daughter in Pleasant Hill , age 76 years, 2 months, 2 days. He was united in marriage to Tabitha Smith, April 5, 1888, and to this union eight children were born; Mrs. Nora Freeman, Mrs. Clemmie Conner, Mrs. Gertrude Thomas, and Everett Franklin all of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Hallie Voshall of Redland, Calif. Three other children died in infancy. In February 1909 Mr. Franklin became a member of the Nebo Christian church during the first revival meeting held there conducted by Rev. B. O. Reavis. Three years ago "Uncle" Bill suffered a stroke of paralysis, and has been an invalid, being tenderly cared for by his daughter, Mrs. George Thomas and husband with whom he has made his home. All that loving hands could do for him was done to no avail."Uncle" Bill spent his entire life in this community as a farmer. He was a kind husband and father, a good citizen and neighbor. Mr. Franklin leaves to mourn him, his devoted wife, five children, sixteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, six nephews, three nieces, and a host of neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill , Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. N. Taylor. Pallbearers were Wm. Henry, Chester Freeman, Wayne Barton, Alvin Barton, Jack Greenstreet and Ernest Ewers. Flowers were cared for by Mildred Franklin, Harriet Freeman, Mildred Barton, Mary Dell Thomas, Mary Springer, Anna June Schlieper, Phillis Ann Yocum and June Thomas. Interment was in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill .

CLAUD H. FREEMAN , 55, died in his home in Pleasant Hill at nine Sunday night, August 25, 1963. His death was sudden, and resulted only a short time after he suffered a heart attack. He was apparently in good health when stricken. Mr. Freeman was born at Pleasant Hill , April 18, 1908, a son of Stephen and Nora Franklin Freeman. He attended Pleasant Hill school. He was married to Irma Jennings in Bowling Green , MO , Sept. 29, 1928, and had lived his whole life in Pleasant Hill . For the past 18 years he had been employed at the Panhandle station at Pleasant Hill and was an engineer at the time of his death. Surviving are his widow; a son, J. C. Freeman of Pleasant Hill ; a daughter, Mrs. Harriet Booth of Nebo; his mother, Mrs. Nora Freeman, two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Voshall and Mrs. Donna Greenstreet of Pleasant Hill ; a brother, W. S. Freeman of Troy , Ill. , and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, August 28, at 2 in the Pleasant Hill Christian church of which he was a member, in charge of the Rev. W. E. Fleming. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery .

ELEANOR FREEMAN , 79, of East Moline, formerly of Pittsfield, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline. Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline, with a prayer service following at 3 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Indian Creek Cemetery, Hamburg, Ill. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Eleanor Mae Craigmiles was born Nov. 3, 1929, in Nebo, the daughter of Steven and Leta Marie (Campbell) Craigmiles. She attended schools in Pike County including Chauncey L. Higbee High School. She married Jack Torrens in 1949, in Barry, Illinois. She later married Howard Freeman on May 5, 1953, in Rock Island, Illinois. He died September 18, 1961. Ellie Mae and Howard formed a band called "The River Valley String Dusters" in the early 50's and performed at many fairs, on the Radio Station KWPC in Muscatine, Iowa,"The Westerm Roundup" on WOC T.V., and other special events including benefits. Band members included Howard Freeman, her sister Byrl Rhoads, Doc Meyers and Dale Stigers. She and her sister were known as the "River Valley Sweethearts" and as young girls they sang in talent shows and on the Radio in Jacksonville, and on WLDS Radio Station with the "Prairie Pioneers". Ms. Freeman was a member of the Musicians Union in the Quad City area. Later she became a certified C.N.A. and worked for East Moline State Mental Hospital before she retired, continuing to do Home Health Aide work for the elderly. She also recieved her semi-truck drivers license from the NorthEastern Semi Truck Driving School in Chicago. Ellie Mae enjoyed climbing the bluffs and watching the steamboats on the Mississippi River as a young person, playing the piano, guitar, dancing, singing, sewing, good books, good movies, traveling, doing things for others and her family. Her family and friends enjoyed listening to her yoddle and sing Chime Bells. She is survived by daughters, Monica Reighard (Mike) of East Moline, Scharie Freeman of Carbon Cliff; sons, Hal Freeman (Kay) of Davenport, Iowa, Victor Freeman (Carolyn) of Nixa, Mo., Mel Freeman (Cynthia) of New Port Richey, Fla., and Lacy Freeman (Anna) of Bettendorf, Iowa; sisters, Rosalie Kendall of Burlington, Iowa, and Byrl Rhoads (John) of Godfrey; brothers, Gerald Craigmiles of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and William Craigmiles of Detroit, Illinois; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Julie White, from marriage to George White of the Quad City Area. She will be missed dearly.
Contributed by Billie Browning

LACY A. FREEMAN , 47, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 12, 2010, in his home. Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline, with graveside services following at Rock Island National Cemetery, where Moline American Legion Post #246 will present military honors. Lacy Alan Freeman was born November 9, 1962, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Howard and Eleanor Craigmiles Freeman. Lacy served as a Signalman on board the USS Monticello LSD-35 from 1980 to 1983, attaining the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer. He then served for two years in the Active Reserves and one year in the Inactive Reserves, completing 6 years of Honorable service to his country. He married Anna Matesic Schisler on June 10, 2006. He was an advertising specialist and owned L.A. Enterprises and Varsity Sports. He played lead guitar for several local bands. Lacy is survived by his wife, Anna; four children, Mitchell Freeman of Moline, Cara Freeman of Moline, Mary Freeman of Rock Island, and Dawn Schisler of Bettendorf; and siblings and their spouses, Monica and Michael Reighard of East Moline, Hal and Kay Freeman of Davenport, Sharie Freeman of Silvis, Victor and Carolyn Freeman of Nixa, Missouri, and Mel and Cynthia Freeman of New Port Richie, Florida. He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Julie White
Contributed by Billie Browning

NORA BELLE (FRANKLIN) FREEMAN , 73, of Pleasant Hill, died in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Higbee Voshall at noon Thursday (December 24, 1964) . Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 in the Christian church, with the Rev. Robert Gulledge officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery. Mrs. Freeman was born May 18, 1891, in Pleasant Hill, a daughter of William and Tobiatha Franklin. She was married to Stephen Freeman July 6, 1906. He preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Ruby Voshall and Mrs. James Greenstreet of Pleasant Hill; a son, William Scott Freeman of Troy; a brother, Everette Franklin of Pittsfield; three sisters, Mrs. Clemma Conner and Mrs. Gertrude Thomas of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Hallie Voshall of Pittsfield; seven grandchildren and (cuts off, couldn’t find the rest).
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas - Pike County Democrat-Times, December 30, 1964, Pittsfield Library

STEPHEN JAY FREEMAN , Funeral services for Stephen Jay Freeman, 51, of Louisiana, Mo. were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at the funeral home. The Rev. Aaron McComb assisted by The Rev. Robert Hutsell officiated. Burial was in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Stephen died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at his home in Louisiana. He was born Dec. 29, 1957, in Louisiana to J. C. Freeman and Geraldine Martin Freeman. He married Marilyn Marie Buck April 4, 1983, in Stamford, Texas and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Christopher Freeman of Louisiana; his mother, Geraldine Freeman of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Kristy Freeman of Pleasant Hill; one niece, Jessica McChristian of Pleasant Hill; a special uncle, Danny Shealor of Clarksville, Mo.; and other aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Jay Freeman, II who died in 1992; his father, J. C. Freeman who died in 1975; his grandparents, Erma Freeman who died in 1999; Joseph Oscar Martin, who died in 1976, Joe Shealor who died in 1996 and Pauline Shealor who died in 1998. He had been self-employed as a carpenter most of his life. He was a veteran serving with the United States Air Force Stephen was a member of the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill. He enjoyed driving, music, riding his motorcycle and most of all his family. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Shealor, Timmy Tiitsworth, Bob Blankenship, Lance Anderson and John Taylor. Active pallbearers were Jonathan Shealor, Bobby Green, Joey Nulsen, Greg Nulsen, Donnie Nulsen and Jerry Houseman.
Contributed by Billie Browning from Pike Press

KENNETH FRENCH , 63, a resident of the Illinois Veterans Home since 1976, formerly of 2506 Herrli Drive, died at 3:05 a.m. Saturday (April 11, 1981) in Schapers Hospital at the home. He was born June 23, 1917, in Quincy, a son of Kenneth and Lillian Robinson French. He married Helen Haskins, June 27, 1953 in Pittsfield. Mr. French was a veteran of World War II and belonged to Our Redeemer Lutheran church and United Commercial Travelers. He was employed by Harris Corporation and the Quincy Post Office. He is survived by two step-children who were raised in his home, Mrs. Daniel (Pat) Reed and Greg Metzger, both of Quincy, and six step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son and daughter. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Woodland Cemetery, [Fairmount Twp. added here] conducted by the Rev. E.J. Otto. Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Adams County Lung Association.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

NATHAN FRENCH , one of the first settlers of this place, was buried here to-day. A native of sturdy New England, he will be remembered as one who, during the trying days before the war, took an active part inthe movement against slavery. His sterling uprightness of life and his genial nature won the love and respect of all who knew him.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Daily Inter Ocean Chicago IL Marcdh 4, 1882

ALBERT FROELICH , 68, a retired physicist, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, from complications following bypass surgery. Survived by his wife Gail Hubbard Froelich; daughters, Dr. Gisela Claassen and Dr. Adrienne Sponberg; a brother-in-law, Dick Hubbard of Pittsfield; grandson, Donovan Sponberg; and six broth­ers and one sister. Dr. Froelich graduated Illinois Benedictine, (BS) in 1962 and was awarded his PhD from Notre Dame in 1968. Dr. Froelich spent more than 30 years working on strategic and tactical military system devel­opment support. His hobby was genealogy, a hobby that he thor­oughly enjoyed. Dr. Froelich was the first member of his family in living memory to have graduated college and was the pride of both his immediate and extended fam­ily. Dr. Froelich was a member of the American Physical Society, was vice president of college student government, and has been listed in the Who's Who in the South and Southwest, (1975); Outstanding Young Men of American, (1974); and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 11 A.M. at the Pittsfield West Cemetery with Father Rodney Swartz officiating.
Contributed by Billie Browning

CHARLEY EDWARD FUDGE , well known farmer of the Pleasant Grove and Sunny Hill communities, died at 5:30 Friday morning at Illini Hospital where he had been a patient since November 22. He had been Ill several days preceding his death. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Plattner Chapel in charge of Rev. Dale Pitcher. Organ music was furnished by Mrs. Louis Stone. Burial was at Pleasant Grove cemetery, with the following serving as pallbearers, Ed Hillebrenner, John Browning, Forest Paxton, A.V. Chamberlain, Glen Wombles and Leon Smith. Flowers were cared for by Miss Nellie Fudge, Mrs. Marie Bown, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Dietrich, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hoos and Mrs. Ada Laird. Mr. Fudge was born Sept 2, 1884, son of J. Frank and Jane Pence Fudge. His father died in 1887 and his mother died in 1930. He was reared on the Fudge farm north of town, now occupied by his son Gerald and family. He was married to Ethel Hoos who survives, with one son Gerald, and a daughter, Mrs. Otis (Lucille) Haskins of the Time community. There are four grandchildren, Otis Alan Haskins, Curt, Roxy and Charlotte Fudge. He is also survived by one brother, Clarence, of this city. A brother, William preceded him in death a few years ago, and a brother died in infancy. Mr. Fudge was held in high regard by all who knew him, and neighbors and friends had often been the recipient of his thoughtfulness and kindness. During his last illness he begged to live, in order that he might care for his wife, which was typical of his attitude in always thinking of others before himself.
Submitted: Judy Mayfield "Find-A-Grave" - Pike County Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, Dec 15, 1954

CLARA M. (CORY) FUDGE , who has been in poor health for several years, died Sunday evening at Illini Hospital. Funeral services are being held this afternoon, Wednesday, at the Plattner Chapel in charge of Rev. Joe Maynard, with burial in Pleasant Grove cemetery. Mrs. Fudge was the former Clara Cory, daughter of Edwin J. and Mary Jane Foreman Cory, a pioneer family in this county. She was born Oct 24, 1875, in Fairmount township and is the last member of her family. She was married to Will Fudge of this community, Sept 5, 1895, and they celebrated thier golden wedding anniversary in 1945. They were the parents of four children, Anna Barkman of Kewanee and Frank of College Station, Texas, William and Jane who died in infancy. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Mrs. C.B. Blodgett of Silver Heights, Ill.; Charles Manning Barkman, Pasadena, Calif.; Richard Barkman, Urbana; Ruth Ann Rossaci, Milford, Mass., and William David Fudge, who is in the Air Force at Great Falls, Mont., and four great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Fudge lived in Kewanee from 1903 to 1920, returning here to live on the Fudge farm north of town until 1940 when they moved to town. Mr. Fudge died in March 1951 and after his death Mrs. Fudge sold her home and for awhile lived with her daughter in Kewanee, but grew homesick for Pittsfield, and the past few years has lived in the Couch Nursing Home. She fell Oct. 23 and broke her hip and has since been in critical condition. Mrs. Fudge was a member of the Methodist church in this city and was always in attendance at it's services as long as her health permitted. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary at Kewanee where she had maintained her membership. Mrs. Barkman is here for the funeral, but Frank could not come as he has recently had a severe heart attack. Her son-in-law, Marcus Barkman, could not come as well, he too was ill.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield: Pike County Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, Dec 10, 1958

CLARENCE FUDGE , well known retired farmer, died at Illini Hospital shortly after noon on Tuesday. He had suffered a stroke Friday night and a more severe one Monday. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at the Plattner Funeral Home and burial will be in the West Cemetery. Clarence was born on the Fudge farm north of Pittsfield on July 23, 1877, and was the son of Frank and Sarah Jane Pence Fudge. His father died when he was a small boy. He grew to manhood in that vicinity and was married to Grace Willsey. They lived for a number of years in the Little York neighborhood and were the parents of three children. Nellie and Marie Chappel who survive and one son, Kenneth who died during the flu epidemic when a boy. The family moved to Pittsfield around thirty years ago and Clarence worked for years with Lyndle King, looking after his farm interests for him. Clarence was a friend to everyone and was always jolly and had a cheerful word for everyone. He is survived by his two daughters, Nellie who teaches in the Pittsfield schools and Mrs. Marie Chappel of this city and one grandson, David Bown who is in the Marines and is stationed in San Diego, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, his son Kenneth and two brothers, Will and Charles.
Pike County Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, Oct 2, 1957

ETHEL CARRIE (HOOS) FUDGE , 87, of Pittsfield died Tuesday, May 21, 1974 at Illini Hospital, Pittsfield. Mrs. Fudge was born April 4, 1887, in Pike County, a daughter of George and Lena Kespohl Hoos. She married Charles Edward Fudge. He died Dec 10, 1954. Surviving are a son, Gerald Fudge of Pittsfield, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Fudge was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Haskins. Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Plattner Chapel with the Rev. William Jones officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield at Find-A-Grave / The Pike Press, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, May 29, 1974

GERALD WILLIAM FUDGE , 63, of rural Pittsfield, a retired farmer, died at 7 p.m. Friday, July 23, 1982, in Memorial Hospital, Springfield. Born in Pike County, Jan. 24, 1919, he was a son of Charles and Ethel Hoos Fudge. He married Elizabeth Bergman Oct. 5, 1940 in Pittsfield, and she survives. Mr. Fudge was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church, Pittsfield Lodge No. 790 AF and AM, Quincy Consistory, People to People, the board of the Pike County Farm Bureau and the board of the Western Illinois Angus Association. He served as 4-H leader in Pike County for 10 years. In addition to his wife, he is surved by a son, Curt, of Pittsfield; two daughters, Mrs. Roxie Terrill of Storm Lake, IA., and Mrs. Charlotte Gray of Lafayette, Ind.; and seven grandchildren. A daughter and a sister preceded him in death. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Pittsfield United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. John C. Wilkey. Burial was in Pleasant Grove cemetery near Pittsfield. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Niebur Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield at Find-A-Grave / The Pike Press, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, July 28, 1982

GRACE (WILLSEY) FUDGE , passed away on Saturday Mrs. Clarence A. Fudge, 60, passed away at her home on East Adams street Saturday. She had been ill more then two years, and was a hospital resident all during the month of February. Mrs. Fudge was Grace M. Willsey in girlhood, the daughter of W.R. and Judith Willsey, and was born at Pittsfield June 2, 1881. On March 11, 1903, she became the wife of Clarence A. Fudge, and they were parents of three children; Nellie F., at home, a teacher in the Pittsfield public schools; Kenneth, who died Jan. 2, 1919; and Marie C., wife of Allen Bown of Hannibal. One grandson, David Allen Bown of Hannibal, also survives. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Congregational Church of Pittsfield. Members of the Eastern Star and of her fidelis class of the congregational Sunday school attended her funeral in a body. The service was held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Eddy chapel. The Rev. Preston E. Horst and the Rev. Earl Page officiating. Miss Vida Nighbert sang "in the Garden" and "Abide With Me", accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Lee Capps. The beautiful flowers were cared for by Mary Barkley, Mary Clark, Maxine Morley, Mary Lou Suter, Nina Eagle, Regina Kastner and Edith Weinant. Casket bearers were Amos Robinson, Kenneth Weinant, Louis Reineke, Fred Koepping, George Beard and Harvey Reel. Interment was in the West Cemetery.
Pike County Republican, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, June 11, 1941

JOSEPH FRANKLIN FUDGE was born near Eaton, Preble Co., Ohio, September 14, 1839. He joined the Lutheran church about twenty years ago. He was married to Sarah Jane Pence December 20, 1867. Thier union was blessed with four children, of whom three are still living. He was a pleasant husband and father. He was for a few days greatly afflicted, yet calm and patient; and on August 3, 1887, he fell asleep in Jesus, at the age of 47 years, 10 months and 20 days. His remains were laid to rest in Pleasant Grove cemetery August 4.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield at Find-A-Grave/
Pike County Democrat, Pittsfield, IL Thursday, August 11, 1887
- Pittsfield Ill., August 4.--J. F. FUDGE, a prominent farmer of Newburg Township, this county, died last night after a brief illness. Deceased was about 50 years of age, and leaves a wife and several children.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat August 5 1887

NELLIE F. FUDGE - Services for Miss Nellie F. Fudge of Pittsfield, retired Pittsfield and Griggsville elementary teacher were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Plattner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wallace Robinson officiating. Burial was in the Pittsfield West cemetery. Miss Fudge, 71, died Thursday, Jan 29, 1976 at Illini hospital, Pittsfield, where she had been a patient since Jan. 16. Born in April 1904 in Pike County, Miss Fudge was a daughter of Clarence Albert and Grace (Willsey) Fudge. She was a member of the First Christian church of Pittsfield. Miss Fudge was the last member of her family. The closest surviving relative is a nephew David Bown of Bloomington.
The Pike Press, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1976

SARAH JANE (PENCE) FUDGE , well-known Pike County resident passed away Monday evening after a lingering illness at the home of her son, Will Fudge, north of town. She was born September 19, 1846, in Eaton, Ohio, and was past 84 years of age. She is survived by three sons, William, Charles and Clarence Fudge, all of this vicinty of Pittsfield. Several grandchildren and other relatives are also left to mourn her loss. One son, Jesse, died in infancy. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon from the Pittsfield M.E. church. Rev. Lowell B. Hazzard will conduct the service. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove cemetery.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield at Find-A-Grave
Pike County Republican, Pittsfield, IL Wednesday, December 24, 1930

WILLIAM D. FUDGE ,82, retired farmer, who resided at 637 North Jackson, will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist church in Pittsfield. Rev. Gordon B. White officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Mr. Fudge was born on the old Fudge farm north of town March 2, 1869. On September 5, 1895 he was united in marriage to Clara Cory of Baylis, who survives him, as does one daughter, Mrs. M.G. Barkman of Kewanee, Ill.; one son, Dr. J.F. Fudge of College Station, Texas; two brothers, Charles and Clarence, both of Pittsfield; and five grandchildren. Mrs. Barbara Blodgett of Ottawa, Ill., C.M. Barkman of Sterling, Ill., Richard David Barkman in the Air Corps; Ruth Ann Fudge and William David Fudge. Mr. Fudge suffered a heart attack at eight o'clock Wednesday morning and although he had been ill for some time, his death came as a shock. He had gotten up and after eating breakfast was walking around. He tired of walking and was seated on the edge of the bed when the attacked occured.
Submitted by Judy Mayfield at Find-A-Grave
Pike County Republican, Pittsfield, IL Thursday, March 29, 1951

LLOYD FUHRMAN , 53, of Rockport, died Thursday morning, enroute to consult a doctor in Pittsfield . He was a bulldozer operator for the Sny Drainage district and had started to work when he became ill, and a neighbor was taking him to Pittsfield. Mr. Fuhrman was born at Cairo, Mo., Oct. 16, 1910, a son of James and Janice Hatton Fuhrman. He attended Cairo schools and was a member of the Christian Church. He was married to Eldra Mae Fitzpatrick at Hannibal, Mo., Dec. 30, 1928. She survives. Other survivors are: his mother, Mrs. Janice Brinkley of Quincy , two sons, Wallace of Louisiana, Mo. , and William at home; two brothers, Ledru of Rockport and Henry of Columbia, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Jim Burner of Quincy , and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.

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