Obituaries

Pike County IL
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NELLIE M. (GORTON) GAYHART , 89, of Barry, died at 5:15 pm Wednesday (Jan. 29, 1986) in the Barry Community Care Center where she had been a patient since Dec. 10, 1985. Mrs. Gayhart was born in Galesburg July 31, 1896, the daughter of Charles and Dema Daniels Gorton. She married Kimber Gayhart of Bluffs on June 12, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo. He died May 1, 1971. Mrs. Gayhart was a member of the First Christian Church in Barry, a 50-year member of the Royal Neighbors of America and the Rebekah Lodge 21 and a lifetime member of the Barry American Legion Auxillary. Mrs. Gayhart was the last member of her family. Services were held Friday, Jan. 31, 1986 in the McNabb Funeral Home at Barry, officiated by Rev. Wesley Osborn. Burial was in the Park Lawn Cemetery at Bary. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Barry. Pall bearers were Tom Stout, Bill Bainter, Bruce Oitker, Harry Uppinghouse, Russell Yelton, and Stan Yelton...Those coming from a distance to attend funeral services for Nellie Gayhart were: Mr. and Mrs. Duane Dinning, Bettendorf, Ia.; Mrs. Lola Daniels, New London, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Marion Easley, Hannibal; Mrs. Virginia Gorton Bonne, St. Louis; Mrs. Helen Schulte and Mrs. Mary Jo Shade, Quincy.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [1986 unidentified newspaper]

COLLIN LYNDLE GERALD , age six, of Pittsfield, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 1995 at the family farm south of Pittsfield. Born June 3, 1989 in Pittsfield, he was a son of Jeffery Lyndle and Cynthia Lee Claus Gerard. Surviving are his parents of Pittsfield; one brother, Jordan Lee Gerard of Pittsfield; maternal grandparents, George and Eloise Claus of Pittsfield; paternal grand­mother, Veda Gerard of Pitttsfield; two aunts and uncles, Eric Lee and Cathy Gerard of Beardstown, and Bill and Diana Welbourne of Jerseyville; and several great- aunts, great-uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by a maternal grandmother, Erma Morrow Claus; paternal grandfa­ther,Lynelle Gerard; maternal great- grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. John W. Claus and Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Morrow; and paternal great-grand­parents, Mr. & Mrs. Austin Altizer, Sr. and Mr. & Mrs. Claybourne Gerard. Colin was a kindergartner at South School in Pittsfield, where he enjoyed art and drawing pic­tures. He enjoyed playing video games and riding bikes with his older brother and fishing. He played T-ball in the Pittsfield Ball League League and attended the Milton Christian Church. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Milton Christian Church with Rev. Jerry Edison and Rev. Frank Claybourne officiating. Burial was in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home handled arrange­ments. Memorials may be made to the Colin Gerard Trust Fund estab­lished at the Corn Belt Bank in Pittsfield, IL. and may be left at the funeral home
Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves - Contributed by Ella Tittsworth

PAULINE L. GERALD , age 90, of the Pittsfield Manor in Pittsfield, Il. and formerly of Perry, Il. died late Friday evening (November 5, 2010) at the Manor. She was born July 16, 1920 in Perry, Il. daughter of the late Oscar and Nellie Slavens Bradbury. She married Harold Gerard on November 16, 1976 in Roodhouse, Il. and he preceded her in death on February 3, 1986. Surviving is one sister, Dorothy White and husband Joe of Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, Donald and Francis Bradbury. Mrs. Gerard was a bank teller for many years and a member of the Perry Garden Club. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday (November 9, 2010) at the Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville, Il. Burial will be in McCord Cemetery in Perry, Il. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services Tuesday at the chapel. Memorials may be made to the Perry Cemetery Association c/o Airsman-Hires Chapel, Box 341, Griggsville, Il. 62340.
Contributed by Billie Browning

AMELIA E. GILL , 77, of Route 1 Barry died Monday, Jan. 12, (1987) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield after a short illness. Miss Gill was born Sept. 28, 1909, at New Canton, a daughter of Gilbert Ellis and Susie Gill She was a member of the Church of the Nazerene in Barry. Surviving are three cousins, Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips of Quincy, Mrs. Francis Johnson of New Canton, and Roy Gill of Tucson, AZ. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the McNabb Funeral Home in Barry. Burial will be in Shearer Cemetery at New Canton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Church of the Nazarene of`Barry.
Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves - contributed by Ella Tittsworth

DEAN GILL , 71 of Pittsfield , passed away Thursday, June 10, 2010 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield , IL . Born as Claude Dean Gill on June 01, 1939 in Cayuga, Indiana, he was a son of William Plummer and Bertha Ella Bragg Gill. He married Shirley M. Michael on September 26, 1970 in Indianapolis , Indiana . Dean served in the United States Air Force for twenty-six years, serving in the Vietnam Conflict, Guam, Okinawa , Germany , and Korea and was serving at the Scott Air Force Base in Belleville , IL at the time of his retirement. He was a Senior Master Sargent and Air Cargo Specialist during his military service and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. Dean enjoyed fishing, card game “500”, mushrooming, gardening, and dearly loved his grandchildren. His wife, Shirley, daughters, Mrs. Dave (Tammi) Koltveit of Pittsfield and Mrs Charlie (Debbie) Threlkeld of Mandeville, LA survives him along with four grandchildren, Charles Threlkeld of Bloomington , IN. , Diane Threlkeld of Evansville , IN. , Ben McQuade of Edwardsville , IL. , and Cory Koltveit of Pittsfield. Dean is also survived by sisters, Mrs. Howard (Carolyn Sue) Anderson of Catlin, IL., Charlene Crawford of Santa Anna , CA. , Mrs. Charles (Christine) Hughes of Vista, CA., Connie Gill of Danville , IL., along with two daughters by a previous marriage, Deana and Beth and several nieces and nephews. “He will be always loved and greatly missed by his family”. His beloved grandson, Daniel McQuade, brother, Chester L. Gill, his parents and stepmother, Libby Gill, preceded him in death. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Michael TenEyck officiating. The Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 will conduct military honors. A dinner will be held for family and friends at the First Christian Church Crossroads Center after the service. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home.
Contributed by Billie Browning

JOYCE (GILL) MILLER and YVONNE GILL - Graveside services have been completed to bury the cremated remains of Joyce Kay Miller, 67, of Houston, Texas and her mother, Yvonne Gill, who had died in 2003. Joyce died in October of 2011. She was born May 20, 1944 to Roy (Laddie) and Yvonne Gill. She attended school in Barry. She loved to travel, and settled in Texas to be near her children and grandchildren. She is survived by five children, Mark Miller (Laurie) of Sachse, Texas, Brenda McDaniel of Bay City, Texas, Jimmy Miller of Minnesota, Ronnie Miller of Princeton, Texas and Vicki Wallis (Toby) of Pottsboro, Texas. Also surviving are a sister. Donna Cooke (Cliff) of Minnesota and her seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, Roy and Yvonne Gill, and a sister, Mary Ann Allen. Yvonne Gill, after her death in 2003, was cremated and her ashes will be laid to rest with her husband Roy (Laddie) Gill. Roy and Yvonne were lifelong residents of Barry and owned and operated Gill Memorial Home in Barry for many years. The cremated remains of both Joyce and Yvonne were buried at a graveside service held Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at the Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry, with Dr. Greg Maize officiating. Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling the local arrangements.


Joyce Kay Miller, 67, of Houston TX, died in October of 2011. She was born May 20, 1944, a daughter of Roy (Laddie) and Yvonne Gill. She is survived by five children, Mark (Laurie) Miller of Sachse, TX, Brenda McDaniel of Bay City, TX, Jimmy Miller of Minnesota, Ronnie Miller of Princeton, TX and Vicki (Toby) Wallis of Pottsboro, TX; a sister Donna (Cliff) Cooke of Minnesota; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister Mary Ann Allen. She loved to travel and settled in Texas to be near her children and grandchildren. Her mother, Yvonne Gill, after her death in 2003, was cremated and her ashes will be laid to rest with her husband Roy Gill. Roy and Yvonne were lifelong residents of Barry and owned and operated Gill Memorial Home in Barry many years. Graveside services have been set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, to bury the cremated remains of Joyce Kay Miller and her mother Yvonne Gill at Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry, with Dr. Greg Maize officiating.
Contributed by Rosemary Reeves / Ella Tittsworth

WILLIAM CLAUDE GILL , 58, of Kinderhook was pronounced dead Monday Sept. 29, 1980 at his home by Pike County Coroner Mike Niebur. Born Feb. 18, 1922 at New Salem, he was a son of William and Alta (Bagent) Gill. He married Barbara Kelley who preceded him Jan. 4, 1976. He was a machinist for Cooper Industries of Quincy, member of International Assoc. of Machinist and Aerospace Workers DD 6476. He was Baptist by faith. Survivors are four sons, Russell of Hull, Roger and Richard of Springfield and Mike of Seattle WA; three daughters, Mrs. Howard (Linda) Richmiller of Camp Point, Mrs. David (Angela) Bergheger of Hull an dMrs. William (Kathy) McClish of Cedar Rapids IA; four brothers, Julius of Paris MO, Thomas, Hale Mich; Lloyd and j.C. of Pittsburgh PA; two sisters Mrs. Floyd (Maxine) Dusenberry of New Salem and Mrs. Delbert (June) Willard of Pittsfield and six grandchildren. Services were Thursday Oct. 2 at Clark Funeral Chapel, Hannibal. Burial was in Kinderhook Cem.
Virginia Hart Collection

CHARLES O. GOODWIN - 64, of Honolulu, Hawaii, a former Rockport resident, died Thursday (Feb. 25, 1982) in Honolulu. Mr. Goodwin was born in Rockport, April 18, 1917, a son of Ross and Ella Wade Goodwin. He married Jean Squire May 17, 1946 in St. Paul, Minn. He retired from the U.S. Navy having served from 1938 to 1962. Surviving are a half-sister, Mrs. Nettie Ford of Independence, Mo.; and a half-brother, Hughey Goodwin of Canton. Three half-brothers preceded him in death. Services and burial will be Friday in St. Paul.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

NANCY JANE (MYERS) GOODWIN - The funeral of Mrs. Charles Goodwin took place in the Samuel Taylor Cemetery on Tuesday morning conducted by Elder H. R. Brown. Mrs. Goodwin died on Sunday after an illness of several months due to cancer. She was 54 years old and leaves a husband and several children.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - From the Quincy, IL Library Historical Newspaper Archives (Her date of death was May 11, 1919. Her maiden name was Nancy Jane Myers)

SARAH E. (CALHOUN) GOODWIN who for the last nine years has been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Elsie Brown in this city, died at her late home there, Tuesday. February 13, 1934. She was born near Chambersburg, Ill., January 12, 1856 and lived a life span of 78 years, 1 month, 1 day. She was the daughter of William and Martha Calhoun. She was twice married, first to Os­car Todd. Two children were born by the first marriage, Clifford who is deceased, and Mrs. Elsie Brown of Griggsville. Her second marriage was to William H. Goodwin who died several years ago. One daughter, Mrs. E. W. Hull was born of this second marriage, who resides in Lawndale, Cal. She is also survived by six grand­children. Harry, Charles and Kenneth Brown with whom during the nine years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Elsie Brown, she has loved and helped to care for and edu­cate, Mrs. Cecil Polly of Los Angeles. Cal., whom she loved and raised from infancy until a few years ago, and by Mrs. Stella and Mrs. Edna Carnes of Griggsville whom she held in deep affection. Mrs. Brown and these grandchildren have done everything that human hands and love could do to minister to her comfort and re­lieve her suffering during the six months she was bedfast from her illness. She is also survived by one sister. Arretta Calhoun of Perry, Ill., and five brothers, John Calhoun of Per­ry, Ill., Harvey Calhoun. Chambersburg, Ill., Joe Calhoun of Bradford: Ill., and Curt and Jim Calhoun of Decatur, Ill., and by five great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Clara Anna Winegar and Harriett and Ida are deceased. When seven years old she became afflicted with infantile paralysis which left her a cripple for life. She has borne this affliction with the ut­most of patience, never complaining and despite it, being a most sweet, loving and affectionate person. She was a good Christian woman believ­ing only in the right things in life. In her earlier years she read her Bible often. Failing eyesight in her later years denied her this privilege. She will be greatly missed by her dear ones. Funeral services were held Friday, February 16, 1934 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Griggsville and interment, made in Griggsville Ceme­tery, the Rev. Oscar F. Jones, pas­tor of the Griggsville, M. E. Church, officiating.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press, Griggsville, Illinois February 24, 1934

William D. GOODWIN , 65, of Pittsfield, owner of the Red Dome Inn in Pittsfield, IL, passed away Monday, November 8, 2010 at his home near Summer Hill, IL. He was born on March 31, 1945, in Edina, MO., a son of Frank and June Phillips Goodwin. He married Karen D. Elston on October 10, 1964 in West Point, IL., and she survives. Bill was an UPS driver for five years in Quincy before Bill and Karen purchased “The Bowl” and renamed it the Red Dome Inn in 1973. Later they established adjacent to the Red Dome Inn the Wine Nook. Bill devoted thirty seven years to the Red Dome Inn and greatly enjoyed visiting with his customers at the restaurant. He attended the First Christian Church in Pittsfield, IL. Bill was a member of the Pittsfield Lodge #790 AF & AM, Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine Temple, and Pike County Shrine Club. Bill enjoyed his grandchildren and flying model airplanes. He loved being out of doors, working out in the yard, and his surrounding 16 acres; he also enjoyed boating at the Ozarks and Mississippi River. Bill is survived by his wife Karen, two sons, Tony Goodwin of Dolores, CO., and Chris (Molly) Goodwin of Pittsfield. IL., a brother, Dennis (Karen) Goodwin of Quincy, IL., two sisters, Mrs. Phyllis (Donnie) Perrigo of Shelbyville, MO., and Mrs. Kathy (Richard) Jones of Quincy, IL., four grandchildren, Jami, Alex, Emily, and Lilly Goodwin, along with several nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Romona Joleen Foster. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 12, 2010 at the First Christian Church, Pittsfield, IL. with Michael Ten Eyck officiating. Interment will be in the West Cemetery, Pittsfield, IL. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 4:00 until 8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL. Masonic Services will be conducted by the Pittsfield Lodge # 790 AF & AM at 7:45 p.m.at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Pittsfield First Christian Church or Blessing Hospice of Pike County Illinois.
Contributd by Billie Browning

GEORGE GORHAM , 51 of Griggsville, IL passed away Monday, December 6, 2010 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Arrangements are pending at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. She was born on May 12, 1959 in Jacksonville, Illinois to George L. and Virginia J. Lazenby Lash. Georgia was a homemaker who enjoyed reading, watching movies and spending time with her children and grandchild. She is survived by her father George Lash of Griggsville, IL, two sons, Randy Sutherland of Dixon, IL, and Chris (Companion, Jennifer Hale) of Griggsville, IL, one brother, Ron Lash of Pittsfield, IL, one sister, Bobby Lash of Mt. Sterling, IL, and one granddaughter, Ashley Sutherland of Pittsfield, IL. She was preceded in death by her mother Virginia Lash and one sister, Beverly Lash. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the Wilson Cemetery in Perry, Illinois with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Burial to follow at the Wilson Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm at the Niebur Funeral Home.
Contributed by Billie Browning

ALBERT T. GORTON age 35 years, died here at the residence of Major Crandall last Friday evening. His funeral yesterday Sunday morning was very largely attended.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Pike Co. Dem. 27 Sep 1883]

CALEB R. GORTON - The death of Caleb Gorton, which was announced last week, was caused by the severing of the jugular vein with a razor. He left the house in his usual condition, apparently, that morning to attend to something about the barn and when next seen he lay behind the barn a corpse. He had a severe attack of sickness some time since and his mind was affected by it and it is supposed that he was suffering from mental derangement when the rash act was committed. Mr. Gorton was a man well known in this community and throughout the county and was well-to-do as a farmer. He was buried at New Canton last Saturday.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry, IL, Adage, Fri. 26 Dec 1879]

CHARLES HENRY GORTON well-known Barry man, died at his home on Decatur St., at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning, January 26. Mr. Gorton had been in failing health for two years was only confined to his bed since last Thursday. Afflicted with creeping paralysis his condition failed to respond to treatment and on Sunday afternoon the disease got in its fatal work by striking the brain, and he sank into a coma, from which he never rallied. Mr. Gorton's death occurred on the anniversary of his deceased mother's birth. At times his suffering was intense but he bore it patiently and never complained. His wife and daughter gave him devoted and constant care, but for many months he had expressed a desire to be freed from his misery. Charles Henry Gorton, son of Thomas and Rebecca (Myers) Gorton was born in Barry, Illinois, February 23, 1868 and had he lived until the twenty-third of the coming month would have been sixty-nine years of age. He was one of six sons, the eldest one. Mr. Gorton was born in a home on the site of the present First Christian church where he was baptized some years ago. He was a faithful attendant at services and an active worker of the Men's Bible class of that church as long as he was physically able to attend. He was a kind, quiet man and respected everyone. With Mr. Gorton his wife and daughter came first. He is survived by his wife, Dema, and an only daughter, Nellie. There are also four brothers, Carl Goton of Quincy; Fred and Lou of Milwaukee, Wis., and George, who lived in Birmingham, Ala., the last time he was heard from. Fred Gorton and Lou Gorton visited here last summer, the first time in more than twenty years and it is not likely that they will come for the funeral. A brother, William Gorton died several years ago. The father and mother have been gone several years. Mr. Gorton also leaves a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from the Christian church...Friday afternoon, January 29, in charge of Rev. C. A. Hill. Interment will be made in Park Lawn cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [27 Jan 1937 unidentified newspaper]

CHARLOTTE GORTON - widow of the late Caleb Gorton, died at her residence a few miles below Kinderhook, Sept. 22, and was buried the day after. The funeral services were conducted by Ref. J. F. Phillips. She was a sufferer for several weeks previous to her death. [Barry IL Adage, Fri. 30 Sep 1881
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Tombstone listed as Charlotta in Cem. Book. Her maiden name was Charlotte A. Richardson. vgb].

DEMA (DANIELS) GORTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Dema Gorton, 79, who died Sunday afternoon at 3:30 in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Gayhart, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 in the Christian church at Barry, the Rev. Mr. Allegood officiating. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Gorton was born in Nebo, Aug. 27, 1874, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Poke Daniels. She was a member of the Christian church and the Royal Neighbors. Her husband, Charles Gorton, died about 15 years ago. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Gayhart of Barry; three brothers, Benjamin of Oakwood, Mo., Charles of New London, Mo., and Warren of Pittsfield and a sister, Mrs. Vadie Wenking of Iowa.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [1953 family clipping]

DIANE CHLOE GORTON , 69, of Carrollton, and formerly of Barry, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Boyd Hospital in Carrollton. Diane was born Oct. 31, 1940, in Granite City, to Virgil and Dorothy Austin. Diane had worked as a cook at the Levering Hospital in Hannibal, Mo. for nearly 10 years, and most recently had worked in the dietary department at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry before retiring and moving to Carrollton. Diane liked collecting, and had many salt and pepper shakers and porcelain dolls that she acquired through the years. She enjoyed quilting and crosswords and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a fun loving woman and loved to socialize with her many friends. Survivors include a daughter Debbra Schroeder (husband Chris) of Savoy; a son Raymond Gorton (wife Sara) of Hannibal; a daughter; Tina Graham of Barry; two brothers, Tom Austin (wife Mary) of Bowie, Texas and Larry Austin (wife Nancy) of Clermont, Fla.; two sisters, Jane Kizer of Wood River and Sharon Hartline of Fort Worth, Texas. Diane enjoyed seven grandchildren: Benjamin and Phillip Schroeder, Billie and Candi Brown, Richard Gorton and Taylor and Kaylee Stearns and three great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Gary and a sister Karen. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 2, at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at the Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry. Memorials may be left to the Park Lawn Cemetery. The Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is in charge of the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning

ELIZA JANE (SUMMERS) GORTON , was born November 13, 1819, and died at Pittsfield [Pike Co. IL] October 3, 1905, aged 85 years, 10 months and 20 days. She was married to Thomas A. Gorton July 25, 1841. To this union four children were born, all boys, vis, John S., Thomas E., William P. and Harry Jay Gorton. John S. died February 7, 1885. The other boys are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Gorton also adopted and reared Libbie Gorton, now Mrs. Milford Widby. Mrs. Gorton was a woman who made great sacrifices for her children. The was tender hearted, as one can easily see by the adoption of Mrs. Widby when a little baby. Those who know her best speak of her as a kind neighbor and a good woman. She united with the Baptist church many years ago, and when in health was an active member. During the pastorate of the present pastor she has not been able to attend church, but liked to have the pastor call and was always interested in the progress of the church. The funeral was conducted by her pastor at 10 o'clock Thursday, at the home of Eugene McDaniels, whose mother was a warm friend of the deceased, after which interment was made in the old cemetery [Old Barry Cemetery, Barry, Pike Co. IL].
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Record, Thur 5 Oct 1905, p1 c6]
daughter of John Summers b c1790 ; d 1826 Highland Co, OH and Lucy H. Elkins b c1792 VA d 1856 Warsaw, Hancock Co, IL.

EUPHINA ANNETTE (CRAM) GORTON - Relatives in this city on Monday were notified by telegrams of the death of Mrs. E. A. Gorton, which occurred at her home in East St. Louis, Illinois, on Sunday night. News of the passing of Mrs. Gorton came as a surprise to Barry folks as no one knew of her illness. Mrs. Gorton, known to the older Barry people as "Finey" was Miss Cram before her marriage, a daughter of Orange and Susan (Carroll) Cram, who were natives of Crawford county, Pa. The family settled in Pike county when she was a young girl. Her husband, John S. Gorton, has been deceased for a number of years. Mrs. Gorton was a sister of the late C. Mell Hurt of Barry. The remains were brought from Hannibal by Fred J. Hufnagel, Barry undertaker, Tuesday forenoon, and short services were conducted at the grave in the family lot of the Barry cemetery, with Rev. Clarence A. Hill, pastor of the Barry Christian church, officiating. The pallbearers were Harry F. Behrensmeyer, J. O. Strubinger, L. A. Flick, Frank Lawson, Ed F. White and Owen L. Fitch. C. O. Gorton of Chicago, a son, Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. [B.] Gorton, the former son, of St. Louis, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Rausch, the latter a daughter, accompanied the body here. The party returned to their homes Tuesday night by the way of Hannibal. They were accompanied that far on their return by a relative, Mrs. Libbie Widby, of this city.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, Wed. 26 Feb 1930]
[Euphina Cram b 26 Aug 1845 Crawford Co, PA, married 4 Mar 1869 Barry, Pike Co, d 23 Feb 1930 E. St. Louis, IL.] CIVIL WAR PENSION:
News was received yesterday that Mrs. J. S. Gorton had been granted a pension on the condition of her husband, who some three years since became insane and has since been an inmate of the asylum. It was thought at the time of his derangement that it was the result of injuries sustained during the war and developments have since verified the facts. Mrs. Gorton is to receive $4 per month from the time of his discharge until his derangement and $50 per month since that date, which will give her about $3,000 in all and the pension continues at the latter rate as long as her husband lives. The lady is worthy of this stroke of good fortune, and we are glad to note it.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 18 Apr 1884]

FLORA (STEVENS) GORTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Flora (Stevens) Gorton, who died at the Gorton home in Quincy early Wednesday morning, were held from the First Christian church in Barry at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. Clarence A. Hill. Interment was made in Park Lawn cemetery. Mrs. Flora Gorton, wife of Carl Gorton, passed away at her home in Quincy, Illinois, at 5 o'clock Wednesday morning. She had been in ill health for the past year. Mrs. Gorton, who was Flora Bethel (Betha) before her marriage was born in Barry, September 15, 1879 and died at the age of 57 years, four months and twenty-six days. Most of her life was spent in Barry, where she was a member of the First Christian church. She was united in marriage to Carl Gorton in Barry on April 27, 1899. To this union two sons were born. A few years later the family moved to Quincy, where she spent the remaining years of her life. Mrs. Gorton is survived by her husband and sons, Wendell of Delavan, Wisconsin, and Wilbert of Quincy, also a granddaughter, Virginia, two sisters, Mrs. William Arnold, Sr., and Mrs. Roscoe Smith, both of Quincy, a brother, Floyd Stevens of Rock Island, and a number of nieces and nephews. Among those from out-of-town here to attend the funeral was F. M. Stevens of Rock Island, a brother; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Smith and Mrs. Della Arnold of Quincy.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Wed. 17 Feb 1937, Barry (IL) Adage. From Nellie Gayhart's scrap book.]

JOHN L. GORTON son of the late Caleb Gorton and well known in this vicinity, died at his home between New Canton and Kinderhook, last Saturday, from consumption, after a lingering illness of several months. The funeral was held on Sunday, Rev. J. F. Phillips officiation, and he was buried in the cemetery at Kinderhook. B. H. Rowand, Wm. Spencer, Selah Mors, John Weber, C. A. Churchill and F. C. Ottowa of this city acted as pall bearers.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry (IL) Adage, Fri. 3 Dec 1880, p3 c3]

JOHN SUMMERS GORTON A telegram to the family here last Saturday announced the death of Mr. John S. Gorton at Jacksonville. The deceased will be remembered as formerly a prominent and talented citizen of our place. About three years ago since he became mentally deranged from th effects of a wound received during the war and was removed to the hospital for the insane for treatment, and he never recovered. For a year past he has been a great sufferer and life was prolonged much beyond the expectation of his attendants. Mr. Gorton was about 35 [should be "about 45"] years of age and leaves a wife and family and scores of symothyzing friends to breavement. He was a charter member of the Good Will Lodge, Knights of Honor, and a member of Hope Lodge, A.O.U.W. from each of which orders his family will receive $2,000. The funeral took place from the late residence of the deceased Monday afternoon, and was buried with honors by the Workman. _____ of order escorting the procession to the cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne [Barry Adage, 13 Feb 1885]
[John Summers Gorton, Civil War soldier, b 6 Feb 1844 d 7 Feb 1885, son of Thomas Acock & Eliza Jane (Summers) Gorton]
News was received yesterday that Mrs. J. S. Gorton had been granted a pension on the condition of her husband, who some three years since became insane and has since been an inmate of the asylum. It was thought at the time of his derangement that it was the result of injuries sustained during the war and developments have since verified the facts. Mrs. Gorton is to receive $4 per month from the time of his discharge until his derangement and $50 per month since that date, which will give her about $3,000 in all and the pension continues at the latter rate as long as her husband lives. The lady is worthy of this stroke of good fortune, and we are glad to note it.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 18 Apr 1884]

PHOEBE K. (LEWIS) GORTON 82, of Barry, died at 3:13 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 29, 1998, in the Barry Community Care Center. Mrs. Gorton was born Feb. 19, 1915, in Ross Township in Pike County, a daughter of William and E. Louella Thomas Lewis. She married Walter L. Gorton April 22, 1933, in Hannibal, MO. He died April 16, 1970. Mrs. Gorton is survived by two granddaughters, Tina Steans of Barry and Mrs. Chris (Debbra) Schroeder of Champaign and a sister, Mrs. Nellie Smith of Milton. She was preceded in death by two sons, Roger L. and Richard L. Gorton; four sisters, Mary McKee, Edna Akers, Minnie Enges and Dorothy Baughman; and two brothers, W.C. "Connie" and Wallace Lewis. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sun. in the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield by the Rev. Ken Mitchell. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m Saturday evening with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry. Memorials may be made to Park Lawn Cemetery or the Diabetes Foundation.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [The Paper, Barry, incomplete date 1998]

RAYMOND D. GORTON only child of John and Lovenia Gorton, born in St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 30, 1886, died at their home near New Canton July 21, 1887, aged 6 months and 24 days. Like __ _____ rose that blooms so sweetly at the close of day, but is overtaken by the frost ere morning dawns, little Raymond was snatched from the embrace of fond parents just as his infant life had taught their hearts to love. Why he should be taken away so soon we can not comprehend, for he was his parents only joy and they rejoiced in the hope that his presence would cheer and comfort them as they neared the brink of the grave. But death is no respecter of persons. The youthful and aged alike pass away; and the innocent babe, unconscious of the turmoils of life is ruthlessly torn from the arms that lovingly ______ its delicate form, and consigned to the cold and narrow precincts of the grave.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry, IL, 12 Aug 1887]

REBECCA LYDIA (MYERS) GORTON one of the most highly respected ladies of Barry, died in the home of her son, Charles Gorton, at 3:30 o'clock in the morning of Friday, December 28, 1923. She had been in poor health for the past year. She suffered two strokes within that time, the last coming on six weeks ago. The attacks both times were slight. Mrs. Gorton's death was a shock to almost everyone with the exception of the immediate members of the family as she was only confined to her bed one day. On Christmas night about 10:30 o'clock the last attack came on and she lived until the early hours of Friday morning. About nine months ago Mrs. Gorton closed up her own home in the south part of the city and went to live with her son, Charles and family. She closed up her home at that time because of her failing strength. Rebecca L. Myers was born on January 26, 1845 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and had she lived until the 26th of this month she would have reached her 79th year. She was a daughter of William and Mary Myers and was the oldest of a family of several children. When she was about three years of age the family came west, finally settling on a farm near Barry. Here she grew to womanhood and married Thomas E. Gorton. After their marriage they continued to make Barry their home. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Gorton, six sons, all of whom survive, were born, namely: Charles and William, both of Barry; George of Birmingham, Alabama; Carl, of Quincy; Louis and Fred of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The later two are in government service and were unable to come to the funeral of their mother, while the son George, who was here a few years ago, has illness in his family and likewise could not be here. Mr. Gorton, the husband and father, died in 1910. Mrs. Gorton was firm in her honest convictions, never faltering in her support of the principles which she believed to be right. She was a member of Christian Science and her faith was strong. Her life was clean and pure and she was a good and noble woman, possessed of a kind, patient, cheerful disposition. She was reliable, energetic and she stood among the respected and honored citizens of Barry. Besides her sons named she leaves two brothers, William and Douglas Myers, both living west of Barry. One sister died a number of years ago while a brother, George Myers, preceded her about four years ago. She also leaves a number of grandchildren. The funeral services were held from the home of Charles Gorton, Sunday afternoon, December 30, 1923, at 2:00 o'clock in charge of Rev. J. Brainard Brown, pastor of the Baptist church. Interment was made in Park Lawn cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Barry [IL] Adage, Wed. 2 Jan 1924)

RICHARD L. GORTON , 62, of East Alton, formerly of Barry, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996 at his home. Born Nov 1, 1933, in Kinderhook, he was a son of Walter and Phoebe Lewis Gorton. He is survived by his mother of Berry; one son, Raymond Gorton of Hannibal, Mo; two daughters, Debra Schroeder of Savoy and Tina Stearns of New Salem; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Roger Gorton. Mr. Gorton recently retired as a truck driver from C.B.W. transport in South Roxana after 42 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Barry Masonic Lodge 34. He was an avid tractor collector. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday in Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry with burial at Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Fund.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Pike Press (Pittsfield), Wed, 2 Oct 1996, Sec A, p11]

ROGER LYLE GORTON - Farm tractor overturns; youth killed. Roger L. Gorton, 17, son of Mrs Walter Gorton of near Barry, was killed Monday when a tractor overturned, pinning him under one rear wheel and the seat. Coroner Warren Lord said Gorton apparently lost control of the tractor as he was turning a corner on a gravel road near his home. He had been helping his uncle with a hay crop. His body was found by his mother about 9:30 p.m. when he did not return home from work. Roger Lyle Gorton was born in Pittsfield Feb. 4, 1954, a son of Walter and Thoede [error, Phoebe] Lewis Gorton. He attended Barry schools and would have been a senior this fall. He was a vice president of the FFA at Barry high school and was greatly interested in farming. He is survived by his mother and one brother, Richard, of East Alton. Roger's father died about a year ago. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at the Christian church in Barry with the Rev Robert Byler officiating. Burial will be in Park Lawn cemetery, Barry. Lock Funeral Home of Barry is in charge of arrangements. Lord conducted an inquest at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lock Funeral Home. (family clipping)
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

THOMAS GORTON son of the late Caleb Gorton, died at the residence of his brother, a few miles below New Canton, Sunday, and was buried Tuesday. Rev. J. F. Phillips, who officiated at the funeral, informs us this is the sixth time he has been called upon to perform the last rites of members of the family.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, Fri. 15 Aug 1884, p5 c2]
Tommy Gorton, son of Caleb & Charlotte, was frequently in trouble. vgb]
A Bloody Affray. About 11 o'clock last Saturday night Tommy Gorton was taken to the office of Drs. Baker & Topliff unconscious, covered with blood, and apparently in dying condition, having been struck over the head with a beer bottle in the hands of Dick Howlett while in a drunken Brawl at the "morgue," the saloon located just west of town. [Long article, summary follows, vgb] Tommy was among a number of men who had been drinking for several days...Dick Howlett appeared with several friends & drank around a time or two. Howlett sat down near Gorton who was standing near a fence outside. Gorton was seen in pursuit of Howlett, apparently in anger. Anthony dell caught Gorton and attempted to quiet him, holding him with both hands behind him. Just then Howlett ran up with a beer bottle and dealt Gorton a terrible blow over his head. After being taken to the Doctors, Gorton was taken home and "with the exception of weakness from the loss of blood and a swollen nose, besides the gashes in his head, he is in a fair condition, being able at present to be about town." Warrant issued for Howlett Sat. night; placed on bond of $00. Charged with assault with deadly weapon. (Barry Adage, Sep 1881) The trial took one afternoon after a change of venue under Justice Brown. Howlett apparently took a bottle of beer Gorton was guarding near the fence, and Gorton ran after him. Howlett did strike Gorton, but it was not proven that he had "intention of committing murder...He escaped a lighter though well merited punishment." [Barry Adage,16 Sep 1881, p3 c3]-

THOMAS ACOCK GORTON was born Feb. 25, 1821, in Hancock, Mass., and came to Illinois in June, 1837, and settled in Barry, since which time he has been identified with the interests of this city and surrounding country. He was united in marriage to Eliza J. Sommers, July 25, 1841, who has been his constant companion for about sixty years and still survives to mourn his departure. Six children were born to them, two girls who died in infancy and four boys, two of whom, John and Thomas, were brave soldiers. John was severely wounded during his service in the army and died soon after the war. Thomas, William and Henry are still living. During the war, Mr. Gorton carried "on" a mercantile business, groceries and dry goods and undertaking. He was patriotic and public spirited and served a number of years as an efficient justice of the peace and was especially kind to old soldiers and their widows and fatherless children, doing many acts of kindness for them. He had been in failing health some time and his death was daily expected and occurred Tuesday night, Sept 3, 1901. Funeral services were held from his late home Thursday, Sept 5 at 2 pm, conducted by W.M. Halley. A large number of his old friends and neighbors were present and followed his remains to Barry cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - Barry Adage, 12 Sep 1901]

THOMAS ELDREDGE GORTON son of Thomas A. and Eliza Summers Gorton,was born near Barry Mar 11, 1846, and died at his home in Barry September 9, 1910, aged 64 years, 5 months and 29 days. He was married to Rebecca L. Myers, of Barry, March 14, 1867. To them were born six children, all of whom are now living--Charles, William and Carl, of Barry; George of Birmingham, Alabama, and Louis and Fred, of Milwaukee, Wis. Thomas E. Gorton served three years in Company A. Ninety-ninth Illinois Infantry Volunteers during the Civil war, from 1862 to 1865. Except for a short period in Missouri and his service in the army, he has passed his entire life at or near Barry. The funeral services were held at the house, the Rev. Darley officiating. The G. A. R. held the services at the grave. [Barry Record, Wed 21 Sep 1910] CARD OF THANKS. We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for the kindness during the last illness and death of our husband and father. Mrs. T. E. Gorton and Sons.
Congributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [same obit with thanks added in Barry Adage]

WALTER GORTON , 56, of Barry, died Thursday (April 16, 1970) at 6:15 p.m. in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. He had been ill some time. Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Hufnagel Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Byler officiating. Burial will be in Part Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Gorton was born in Kinderhook, Sept. 30, 1913, a son of Everett and Anna Brinkman Gorton. He was a veteran of World War II. He married Phoebe Lewis April 22, 1933 in Hannibal. Surviving are two sons, Richard of East Alton and Roger at home; two brothers, Truman and Lawrence, both of Kinderhook, and three grandchildren.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [family clipping]

WILLIAM H. GORTON was born Nov. 28, 1839 near Barry, Ill., and died at his home near Kinderhook, Ill., Feb. 7, 1912 at the age of 72 years, 2 months and 9 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Ida Haycraft in 1879. To them one son was born, Everett Gorton. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, son, two grandsons, and nephew, three brothers and three sisters. He was a great sufferer, having been confined to the house for six years. He born his suffering with patience and never once said, "Why couldn't I go out like others"....his mortal remains lie in the beautiful Park Lawn cemetery to await the final resurrection.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Record, 21 Feb 1912]

WILLIAM M. GORTON former Barry man, died in St. Mary's hospital, Quincy, at 7:30 o'clock Friday morning, from injuries sustained Thursday afternoon in a fall. Mr. Gorton was found unconscious on the sidewalk in front of 610 Hampshire street, Thursday afternoon, and his death was due to a fracture at the base of the skull, according to a verdict reached by a jury at the inquest that was held in the Freiburg Mortuary Friday afternoon by the coroner of Adams county. The inquest was very brief, only five witnesses testifying. No light was shed upon the nature of Mr. Gorton's fall. That a fall caused his death, the jury was convinced, but how he fell could not be decided as no one witnessed the accident. The possibility that he might have fallen down the stairs leading to a recently vacated flat at 610 1/2 Hampshire was considered, but in view of the fact that no one saw him fall, the verdict was given as a fall on the sidewalk. Those who testified were Dr. E. L. Caddick, who attended the man at the hospital; Harry Phillips, who saw him less than an hour before he was found; Nicolas Malambri, who first saw him lying on the sidewalk; W. H. Lincoln, police officer, who accompanied the police ambulance when the injured man was taken to the hospital, and Carl Gorton, a brother, residing in Quincy. Mr. William Gorton was born and raised in Barry, a son of Thomas and Rebecca Myers Gorton. He lived in Barry until a few years ago, when he removed to Quincy. He was one of the most widely known men of this vicinity. He leaves three brothers, namely: George Gorton of Birmingham, Alabama; Charles Gorton of Barry, and Carl Gorton of Quincy; also several nieces and nephews. He never married. William was a kind-hearted man, and those who knew him will say he was honest in all his dealings with his fellowmen. He was well-liked and usually made friends [w]herever he went, and as the sun of his life goes down, it can be said that all these friends still remember him as he passed among them on his earthly walk. The remains were brought to Barry and funeral services were held from the Keller Funeral Home at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon, June 2, 1929 in charge of Rev. William H. Dickman, pastor of Barry Baptist church. Interment was made in Park Lawn cemetery. Two songs "Going Down the Valley" and "Jesus Cares" were sung by Geo. Wike, Carter Lewton, Mrs. Lucile Akers and Mrs. Percy Perry, accompanied by Burl Wike.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne [unknown Barry newspaper, Wed. Jun 5, 1929, p1]

WILLIAM GORTON , 56, Passed Away At The Hospital Tuesday. Mr. William Gorton, 56, of Barry passed away Tuesday morning, July 16, 1963, at 6:40 o'clock in Levering Hospital at Hannibal where he had been a patient for ten days. Born March 16, 1907, in Kinderhook Township, he was the son of Everett and Anna Brinkman Gorton. He attended rural schools and was married at Hannibal in 1927 to Stella Hill of Barry. Mr. Gorton was a farmer and trucker. He attended the Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, July 18...from the Barry Methodist Church, in charge of the Rev. Marshall Ulm. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. Surviving are his wife; his parents; and three brothers, Turman and Lawrence, of Kinderhook and Walter of Barry. Friends may call at the Lock Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon until time of the services. [Wed 17 Jul 1963] Funeral services for Mr. William Gorton of Barry were held Thursday afternoon, July 18, 1963....Mrs. Vernon Ogle sang, accompanied by Mrs. Marion Koeller. Interment was in Park Lawn Cemetery. Serving as casket-bearers were Vernon Ogle, Norvin Lumley, Orin Campbell, Verain Miller, Joe Oitker and Howard Allensworth.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Wed, 24 Jul, 1963] [This was William Everett Gorton. vgb]

BERTHA (RUSH) GRAHAM , 83, a well known Pike county schooll teacher of Pittsfield, died in her (home at 6:30 Thursday morning. Mrs. Graham was born in Pike county, Nov. 4, 1876, a daughter of Jerome and Catherine Yates Rush. She was graduated from the Woman's college at Jacksonville and her teaching career followed. She was married to Louis T. Gra­ham, a Pittsfield attorney, who died in 1951. Her son, Reginald Graham, an attorney died in 1957. Mrs. Graham was a member of the Presbyterian church, Pythian Sisters, D.A.R., Daughters of Colonists and P.E.D. She is survived by a grandson) Reginald Graham of Quincy
Contributed by Billie Browning

BETTY (HALL) GRAHAM ,Elizabeth May "Betty" Graham, 88, of Pittsfield, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Eastside Health and Rehab in Pittsfield. She was born May 29, 1924, in Pittsfield, a daughter of the late Winfred and Lillie Lanhum Hall. She married Edward "Jummie" Graham Jan. 26, 1946 m Pittsfield and he preceded her in death Nov. 27,2002. She is survived by two daughters, Vickie (Alan) Daley of Springfield and Brenda (Ken) Capps of Beardstown; five grandchildren; Tom Capps, Bridgette Kolias, Travis Capps, Jason Daley and Tyler Capps; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Butler, Marie Powell; and brothers Wendell Hall and Richard Hall. Mrs. Graham was a graduate of Pittsfield High School. She was a member of Pittsfield Assembly of God. She was a homemaker and loved to bake, making pies and wedding cakes for many in the area. She also loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers. Funeral services are 11 a.m. today, (Wednesday) at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial is in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Blessing Hospice or the activity fund at Eastside Health and Rehab.
Contributed by Rosemary Reeves and Ella Tittsworth

JOHN GRAHAM , who formerly resided in Pittsfield, but of late had resided a few miles west of Rockport, died Tuesday night of pneumonia. He was about 40 years of age and leaves a widow and several children. He was a son of "Jack" Graham, a veteran of the Civil War, who died a few years ago. The funeral was held at the home of his brother in law, Guy Carlton, here yesterday.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Journal March 30, 1905

RAY SCOTT GRAHAM , 82, of Pittsfield, died Thursday, March 18, 1982 in Illini Hospital, following a long illness. Mr Graham, born July 22, 1899 in Pike county, was a son of George and Sylvia Baughman Graham. He married Florine Allen in 1923. She died July, 1968. He married Edith Willard Feb. 15, 1969, in Phoenix, Ariz. She survives. Mr Graham graduated from the University of Illinois, and obtained a master's degree from the University of Missouri. He taught vocational agriculture in Illinois and Missouri high schools from 1923-1933. He served as a county agent in Lawrence county, Mo., while living in Mount Vernon, Mo., until retiring in 1964. He was a 50-year Mason, and a member of Pittsfield AF & AM Lodge No. 790. He is also survived by two sons, R.A. of Bridgeton, Mo. and R.G. of Glenwood; a daughter, Mrs Robert (Shirley) Marshall of Columbia, Mo.; two stepsons, William Cosgrove of Keokuk, Ia., and Jack Cosgrove of Quincy; a stepdaughter, Mrs Mary Bremser of Glendale, Ariz.; a brother, Guy Graham of Pittsfield; and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Niebur Funeral Home, conducted by Dr John C. Wilkey. Burial was in Pittsfield West cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

SARAH E. (HOUCHINS) GRAHAM , aged 78, passed away Tuesday morning at ten o'clock at her home on East Jefferson street following an illness of almost a year during which time she was tenderly cared for by her daughter, Vinia, Mrs. Dan Williams and her husband. Only the last week has Mrs. Graham been confined to her bed, although she has been ill with anemia for many months. Sarah E. Houchins was born on August 10, 1855. She was the daughter of Sarah Jane Rowley and Abner Houchins of near El Dara. On March 26, 1874 she was united in marriage to James M. Graham. To this union was born ten children, four of whom are living. Mr. Graham died on February 3, 1923, one son, Virgil, died in Camp Taylor in 1918, two children died at the age of 18 and three in infancy. Mrs. Graham is the last of her family. During her lifetime in Martinsburg community she was a member of Black Oak Baptist church and moved her membership to Pittsfield when Rev. Probst was pastor here. The last several years she has not been associated with any church. Four living children and their families mourn the passing of Mrs. Graham; Louis Graham, Mrs. Dan Williams, who has cared for her mother during her illness, Mrs. Fred Gould of Webster Groves, Mo., Mrs. Lloyd Wackerman, who has been a faithful correspondent of the Democrat from Cold Water vicinity for many years. Funeral services will be held at the Eddy Funeral Chapel at ?:30 Thursday afternoon with Rev. Samuel Bell of the Assembly of God in charge of the services. Interment will be in Black Oak Cemetery, Martinsburg township.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrap book by Kenneth Conner.) Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas

VIRGIL L. GRAHAM ,son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Graham of Black Oak died at Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, March 16, 1918 after a four days illness of pneumonia. Virgil Graham is the first man of South Pike to give his life his country. He has done all that any man could do. He gave up his life while preparing to defend “Old Glory” on the battle fields of France. It is with sorrow that we must pay our tribute to one of our young men, whose name should always be held in reverence. After arriving at Camp he had taken life insurance to the amount of $10,000 made payable to his parents. The remains arrived on the six o’clock train Monday evening and were met by a large crowd of relatives and friends. A number of the Red Cross marched ahead of the hearse from the depot to town. The body was taken to the home of his parents at Black Oak. The funeral service was conducted at Black Oak Baptist Church, Tuesday by Rev. S. D. Ballard of this city. Mr. Graham was buried in Black Oak Cemetery, Martinsburg Township, Pike County, Illinois.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan’s scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

EARL GRAMMER - Services for Earl Grammer, 87, of Barry, who died Friday, April 13, 1973 at 1:30 p.m. in a Barry nursing home, were held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Lock Funeral Home, Barry. The Rev. Terry Edele of Baylis officiated and burial was in the Baylis cemetery. He was born near Baylis July 25, 1886, a son of Sam & emily Powell Grammer. He married Nellie Davis in 1914 in Quincy. She preceded him in death. He was a veteran of WW 1 and operated a hardware store in Baylis for many years before his retirement. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Maxine Murphy of Pittsfield; a grandaughter; and two great-grandaughters.
Pike Press October 17, 2007

L. JOE GRAMMER - 69, of Nebo, was dead on arrival at 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 1982 at Illini Hospital in Pittsfield after becoming ill at his home. Born in northern Calhoun county on Jan. 30, 1913, he was a son of William D. and Pearl L. Padlock Grammer. He married Martha Goewey. He was a retired logger and farmer. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Jerry of Nebo and Jody of New Canton; two daughters, Mrs Betty Jo Kells of Quincy and Miss Mary Jean Grammer of East Alton; two brothers, Howard of Nebo and Gene of Louisiana, Mo.; a half-brother, Claude Newman of Nebo; a half-sister, Mrs. Alta Baschen of St Peters, Mo.; seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one grandson. Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Rev. Larry Weihe conducting. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery, Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be made to the West Central Illinois Lung Association.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from the Virginia Hart Collection
[Some records indicate his mother's surname may have been Tadlock. vgb]

MARY McTUCKER-GRAMMER died Monday morning at the age of 76 years at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elisa McDonald, 401 Colorado street. Mrs. McTucker-Grammer was the mother of 10 children, seven of whom survive her. These are Mrs. E. Dodge, Mrs. Elisa McDonald, Mrs. J. Davis and Miss Frances McTucker of this city, and Mrs. J. R. Rowland of San Antonio, Tex., and James and John McTucker of Barry, Ill. Her youngest son, Nat McTucker, a well known street railway employee, died in this city in April 1998. Mrs. McTucker-Grammer was born in Johnston, Vt., May 29, 1827, moving with her brother to Illinois in the early '40's. She was married to John McTucker at Barry, Ill., and there all her children were born. Her husband was killed in a railway accident in 1869. In 1875 she was married to William Grammer, who died in 1891, leaving her a widow the second time. Since the death of her second husband Mrs. McTucker-Grammer had lived with her daughters and for the past three years had been a resident of Butte. She was a lady of estimable qualities, of quiet and retiring disposition and was beloved by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon at the Lisa block. The body will be taken to Barry, Ill. for burial.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge Anaconda Standard 12 January 1904 page 8

Miss Mary Brown was born in Johnson, Vermont, May 29, 1827, and departed this life at the home of her daughter in Butte, Montana, Jan 11, 1904, aged 76 years 7 months 12 days. She came with her parents to Illinois in 1847 and settled in Pike County near this place. She was a sister to Benjamin Brown, so well and favorably known in this city as the donor of the funds that have so recently erected our beautiful public library. She was married to John McTucker in 1849, to whom she was a faithful and devoted wife until death removed him Oct. 27, 1869. She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom are still living, namely: Mrs. J.R. Rowand, San Antonio, Tex., James McTucker, Mrs. Effie Dodge, Mrs. Jennie Davis, Mrs. Eliza McDonald and Frances McTucker, all of Butte, Mont., and John McTucker of Barry, Ill. Mrs. Davis, Frances and John were the only children able to be at the funeral services. One son, Nathaniel, died only five years ago. The subject of our sketch was married a second time Wm. Grammer in 1875, who died in 1891, since which time Mrs. Grammer has made her home with her children, spending the most of the time in Butte, Mont. The sad news of her death was heard with profound sorrow by her many friends here, who had known her so long, and each and everyone has something to relate of her kindness and help to them in some hour of sorrow and need. She was a woman of sterling qualities of mind and character always trusted and confided in by her friends. She grew old beautifully, and was cheerful and happy with her children. She was not to say sick at the last but “the weary wheels of life stood still” and she was not, for God had taken her to her home above. She believed in the Bible and religion and practiced the teaching of the word more than professing it. She subscribed to the principles taught by the Universalist faith. The remains arrived on the 7 a.m. train Saturday an were taken to the home of her son, John McTucker, where on Monday Jan 18, at 2 p.m., funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.M. Hailey A choir composed of Mrs. Hailey, Mrs. H.T. Jones, M.T. Stauffer and W.M. Hailey furnished appropriate music. The Women’s Relief Corps, of which Mrs. Grammer was a member, had charge of the services at the grave. Interment was made by the side of her husband in Barry cemetery.
Contributed by Janet Hinch

RANDY GRAMMER , 59, of Nebo, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at his home in Nebo. He was born Aug. 17, 1950, in Pittsfield, a son of William Howard and Relna P. Taylor Grammer. He first married Cathie Sue Conkright and later married Marti L. Clarkson Aug. 19, 1991, in Barry and she survives. • Randy was a union laborer for Local 231, formerly of Jacksonville and now of Pekin, for 38 years. He was an Army veteran and belonged to the American Legion Posts in Kampsville and Louisiana, Mo. He enjoyed antique cars, riding his Harley and visiting with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Marti Grammer of Nebo, three children, Robin Nicole Cobb of Nebo, Justin Randall Grammer(Amy Sidwell) of Nebo and Tyler Scott Williams of Overland Park, Kan.; four grand­children, Cody Cobb, Kimberly. Cobb, Skye Cobb and Jacob Seal and a fifth grandchild due in July; two sisters, Beverly Grammer of Pittsfield and Cathy (Tony) Ottwell of Kampsville; a brother, Darrell (Rosemary) Grammer of Nebo and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Randy was preceded in death by his parents, an uncle, Gene Grammer, and by a best friend, Bob Chitwood. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Lummis Funeral Hone in Pleasant Hill con­ducted by Bro. Darin Workman. Burial followed at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation was held Saturday from 4 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Assqciation, Nebo Community Center or the Spring Creek Fire Department. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning

RELINA (TAYLOR) GRAMMER Obituary is lost

KATIE L. GREGER , 92, formerly of rural Nebo, died at 8:19 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 30, 1990) in the Barry Community Care Center where she was a resident. Born Jun 15, 1898, in Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Greger was a daughter of Robert and Martha Blackorby McClimen. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and crocheting and was of the Baptist faith. On Dec. 23, 1929, she married Pressey Greger in Hardin. He died April 15, 1966. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Keith (Emma) Burnett of Peoria; a foster son, Duane Smith of Mosier; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Charles Clark. Memorials may be made to the Barry Community Care Center Nurses’ Station.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

ANNA (WOODWORT) GREGORY , daughter of Richard J. and Adeline Woodworth, was born at Tioga, Ill., March 13, 1858, and departed this life peacefully at her home near Nebo, January 19, 1933, aged 74 years, ten months and six days. She was united in marriage to Geo. W. Gregory December 1, 1866. To this union six children were born: Faye Niebrand of near Alton, Ill., Arlie Smith of New Canton, Ill., Nina Stone of Pittsfield, Ill.., Addie Powers, Roodhouse, Ill., two boys having died in infancy. There are also seventeen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her husband preceded her in death many years ago while her children were yet small and she was left to battle the trials of life with the care and responsibility of four little girls, all of whom grew to womanhood while under the protection of her tireless efforts; efforts that only a mother under the same circumstances can fully understand. She was the possessor of a wonderful character and disposition, a bright and shining light in the community where she spent many years and during these years she wore a smile that will long be remembered by her relatives and friends. At the age of 15 she became a member of the Methodist church near Tioga, Ill., and later at Nebo, where she lived a consistent Christian life and was always loyal to her Master throughout her remaining years. In 1910 she was united in marriage to William Zumwalt and their adoration and respect for each other was of the highest type and they spent many happy years in the home that is now broken. Besides her husband and children she leaves to mourn her loss one brother, Ira J. Woodwork, of Marshfield, Ore., and a host of other relatives and friends.
Copied from Fanny Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner. Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas.

LUCY GREGORY , of Barry, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry. She was born July 27, 1912, in Barry, to Harry B.and Daisy M. (Melon) Inman. They preceded her in death. She married Henry Gregory Jan. 10, 1941, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1967. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 nephew. Lucy moved to Barry from Peoria in the early 60's where she enjoyed yard sales, bingo and going to antique stores. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends. Lucy was a member of the Barry United Methodist Church for many years. Lucy spent the last 4 years as a resident of the Barry Community Care Center. Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Barry. Memorials are suggested to the Barry United Methodist Church or the Barry Community Care Center Activity Fund.
Contributed by Bille Browning - Pike Press

ALTON W. GREGSON , 71 of Pittsfield passed away on Monday, May 24, 2010 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield . Mr. Gregson was born on December 10, 1938 in Dyersberg, TN to the late Gladys (Doc) and Ethel Gary Gregson. He married Carol Birmingham in March 28, 1964 in Granite City and she survives. Mr Gregson served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1962. He worked for General Motors in St. Louis , MO and the Corvette plant in Bowling Green , KY , retiring in 1991. After retirement, he became a truck driver and worked for numerous companies in the Pike County area and was a Courier for Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield . Mr Gregson enjoyed mission work, including a mission trip to Mexico and a work and witness trip to New Orleans, LA after hurricane Katrina. He attended the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene and was an active member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post 152, serving as past Post Commander and presently as Chief Financial Officer. Mr Gregson loved being with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, fishing and knife making and was a friend to everyone he met. He was an avid Cardinals baseball fan. He has gone home to be with our Heavenly Father and is resting in His arms but will be greatly missed here by all those who knew and loved him. In addition to his wife Carol, he is survived by a daughter, Laura ( Upton ) Bowen (Jeff Harris) of Pittsfield and a son, George (Kimberly) Gregson of St. Joseph , MO and six grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb and Bethany Gregson of St. Joseph, MO and Zachary, Noah and Makayla Bowen of Pittsfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lyndel Gregson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Interment will be in the Baylis Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. A lunch for family and friends will be held at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene Familky Center following the services. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 27, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield . Memorials are suggested to be made to the Illini Community Hospital Chemo-Therapy Department or the Pike County Animal Shelter.
Contributed by Billie Browning