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Saline County, IL
Obituaries and Death Notices

Allie Awalt
Mrs. Allie Awalt, 89, dies......
Mrs. Allie Awalt, 89 died at her home in Ridgway at 11:45 a.m. Monday. Surviving are a daughter, Miss Pearl Awalt, Ridgway; a sister, Mrs. Stella Hedger, Alton and three nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wenesday at the Edwards Funeral Home in Ridgway. The Rev. Dale Denham will officiate and burial will be in Jackson Cemetery. Friends are calling at the funeral home.
April 4, 1972 Harrisburg Daily Register Contributed by Lynda Miller []

Roy Cash
Roy Cash, who was victim of an unfortunate accident Thursday morning caused from burns received in an automobile fire, died as a result of his injuries.
[Harrisburg Daily Register, Harrisburg, Illinois, September 14, 1919 - Submitted by Brenda Duckworth]

Charles De Wiers
Old Citizen Dies
Just as we go to press this (Thursday) afternoon we learn of the death of
Charles De Wiers. The deceased has been a resident of the city for twenty five years and was known by all of our citizens. On account of advanced age he has been very feeble for several weeks and his death has been expected for the past week. We are unable to give the time and place of interment. [Saline County Republican, Eldorado, Illinois Thursday September 26, 1912, submitted by Beth Sullivan,]

John Dilan
Mr. John Dilan(?) died Thursday morning at his home with heart trouble.
[Saturday, November 27, 1909; Freeman (Indianapolis, IN), Vol XXII, Issue: 48; Pg 4 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Brenda K. Duckworth
ELDORADO Brenda K. Duckworth passed away at her home in Eldorado Aug. 7, 2013. She was born in Olney to Harry V. and Martha L. Moore on Oct. 2, 1953. They predeceased her.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Duckworth of Eldorado; her son, Ronald Bangert of Clay City; and her daughters, Elizabeth (Kenny) Mayhall of Harrisburg and Sarah Duckworth of Eldorado. She is also survived by her sister, Sherry (Bob) Fitzpatrick of Longwood, Fla.; her two brothers, Mark Moore of Clay County and Gene Moore of West Virginia; her sister-in-law, Carol Hilliard of Marion; her aunt, Irma Means of Noble; and several nieces and nephews.
Brenda was a registered nurse from 1974 until the present. She received her ADN at Olney Central College and her BSN at SIU-Edwardsville. She later received her Nurse Practitioner degree from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky., and was licensed in the state of Illinois in family practice. She enjoyed gardening, reading and sewing.
There will be no services at this time. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
[Source: Daily Register] [Brenda was a co-host of our Genealogy Trails Cumberland county site and host of Logan County, IL up until June 2008.]

George Edwards
IN DAYS GONE BY -- Two Years Ago Here:
George Edwards, well known coal miner, aged 34, died at his home following an injury he received a few days previous in O'Cara No. 3 Mines. [
Harrisburg Daily Register, Friday January 30, 1925, submitted by Beth Sullivan]

George P. Evans
George P. Evans dies in Marion......
George P. Evans, 85, formerly of 901 South Ledford St., Harrisburg, but more recently of the Fountain Nursing Home in Marion died at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Marion Memorial Hospital.
He was a retired miner, son of the late Lawrence and Riney Stiff Evans and was born on Jan. 18, 1887 in Harrisburg. His wife, Lela Evans preceded him in death. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Utha Cochran, Deltona Fla.; a brother, Everett Evans, Bankston community, Rural Route, Harrisburg; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation after 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gaskins Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 P.M. Thursday. Further funeral arrangements will be announced later.
[Contributed by Lynda Miller]

John Ewell
IN DAYS GONE BY -- Three Years Ago Here:
John Ewell, of Harrisburg, who was on his way west for the benefit of his health, died on a train enroute. [
Harrisburg Daily Register, Friday January 30, 1925, submitted by Beth Sullivan,]

Raymond Groves
Raymond Groves Looses Life at Harrisburg, Ill

The following item is taken from a Harrisburg, Ill., paper:
Raymond Groves was fatally injured near O'Gara Mine 1 yesterday afternoon about 4:30 while attempting to board an interburban car. The young man was employed at O'Gara Mine No. 1 and had completed his days' work and was trying to catch the 4:30 car, coming to this city. The car had started and in attempting to board it he I fell under the car, the back wheels caught him and dragged him for some distance, horribly mangling the left leg and injuring him internally. Following the accident the young man was brought to the Harrisburg Sanitarium where Drs. Capel and Craine amputated the injured limb at the hip with hope of saving the unfortunate man's life. He was injured to such an extent that death occurred about 8:30 last night. Deceased was 17 years of age and had recently come here from Mt. Vernon and resided with his sister on Sherman avenue. His father arrived here this morning but funeral arrangements will not be made until all his relatives arrive. The inquest will be held at the Co-operative Undertakers parlors tomorrow evening.
[Saturday, November 10, 1917, Jonesboro Daily Tribune (Jonesboro, AR) Page: 1 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Herman Ladd - Leonard Washam
Funeral services are scheduled for Herman Ladd and Leonard Washam who were killed at the Saline Gas and Coal Company mine Thursday.
[Harrisburg Daily Register, Harrisburg, Illinois, September 14, 1919 - Submitted by Brenda Duckworth]

Sarah Mandrell
IN DAYS GONE BY -- Two Years Ago Here:
Mrs. Sarah Mandrell, mother of Harry Mandrell, died at her home in Carrier Mills.
Harrisburg Daily Register, Friday January 30, 1925, submitted by Beth Sullivan]

Augusta C. McCoy
Augusta Catherine McCoy, daughter of Isaac and Caroline (Barger) Long, was born March 19, 1856, and died at her home in Eldorado, Ill., on September 25, 1934, at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 6 days.
She was first married to George N. Rhine. To this union three children were born, namely Clarence, who died at the age of 3 years, Henry Francis "Frank" of Raleigh, Ill., and Mary Avis Rhodes of near Broughton, Ill.
Mr. Rhine died January 9, 1882, and on May 22, 1886, she was married to W. J. McCoy. To this union four children were born, namely: Beulah Reed, of Gideon, Mo., Floetta Thomas of Harrisburg, Ill., and Ralph of this city; Grace having died August 28, 1893.
Aunt Augusta, as she was familiarly known, was a charter member of New Prospect (Rhine church), which was organized in 1876, Aunt Augusta having joined this church when she was about 17 years of age.
She leaves to mourn their loss besides her children above mentioned, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three half-brothers, Will, Harry, and Oral Newcomb of Raleigh, Ill.; two half-sisters, Mrs Etta Wesley, and Mrs. Bert Allen, also of Raleigh, Ill. Two half-brothers and three half-sisters having preceded her in death.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to Brother Little and Rev. Morse and to all those who so kindly assisted us in any way, in the recent death of our wife, mother, and sister, Mrs. Augusta C. McCoy. We appreciate more than words can tell, the offers of help, the comforting words, the presence of all who came into our home, also those who sent floral offerings.
W.J. McCoy, Frank Rhine, Mary Rhodes (Rhoads?), Beulah Reed, Floetta Thomas, Ralph McCoy
[Unknown newspaper, , c. Sept/Oct 1934 - Submitted by Susan Laffitte]

Warren Lee McCoy
Warren L. McCoy, 86, of Highland, IL died at his residence December 25, 2007. He was born June 5, 1921 in Eldorado, IL to Ralph Waldo and Emma (Turner) McCoy, and they are both deceased. He married Dorothy L. Hilliard on March 7, 1948 in Harrisburg, IL and she died September 15, 2005. He is survived by one son - Lee A. (Debbie) McCoy, Santa Barbara, Calif.; one daughter - Paula S. (Dale) Cauley - Highland, IL: one granddaughter - Tricia McCoy, Santa Barbara, Calif. two brothers - Robert (Iona) McCoy - Eldorado, IL and Joe (Mary) McCoy - Eldorado, Il: Numerous nieces and nephews. Also preceded in death by one brother - Wayne McCoy and two sisters - Beverly Davis and Helen Lombardo.
Mr. McCoy was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He entered WWII service on September 9, 1942. Duty began with the 9th US Army Air Force performing ground crew maintenance with the 363rd FG on the P-51 Mustang Airplane. Shortly after D-Day he arrived in France and travelled through Belgium, Luxembourg Holland and Germany before the end of the war. Recalled to active duty for the Korean conflect.
Occupation: Eldorado Post Office after war; Grocery store owner; Army Corp engineers; Real Estate.
Memberships: First Baptist Church, Eldorado, IL; First Congregational Church, Highland, IL; 50-year Member Masonic Lodge #583, Highland, IL; 25 year member Highland VFW Post 5694; A member of American Legion Post #439 and the Lions Club.
VISITATION: 4:00 - 8:00 pm Thursday, Dec. 28th at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland and 10:00 AM to 12 Noon Friday, Dec. 29th at Watson F.H. Eldorado, IL.
FUNERAL: Friday, December 29, 2007 at 12:00 Noon at Watson Funeral Home, Eldorado, IL with the Rev. Arthur Foster, First Baptist Church, Eldorado, IL officiating; Interment in Lindale Cemetery, Eldorado, IL;
Memorials: Hospice of Southern IL and Highland Lions Club.
Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL
[Unknown newspaper, c. Dec 2007 - Submitted by Susan Laffitte]

Jane Pankey
Mrs Jane Pankey, 92, of 6551 U.S. Rt. 45, Carrier Mills, died at 9:40 a.m. Monday in Carrrier Mills Nursing Home. She was married on Dec 9, 1924, to Freeman F. Pankey, who preceded her in death on June 22, 1970. Mrs Pankey was born on Dec 9, 1902, in Saline County to the late John L. and Ella Stiff Pickering. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Carrier Mills and a 50-year member of Comfort Rebekah Lodge No 48, Carrier Mills.
Surviving are a son, Jack Pankey of Carrier Mills; a step-daughter, Mrs Lorene McDowell of Harrisburg, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Freeman Dale Pankey, three brothers and four sisters. Services will be held at 11:30 a m Thursday at Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home in Carrier Mills, where friends may call from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday and where the Rebekah rites will be said by Comfort Rebekah Lodge No. 48 at 7:30 tonight. The Rev. Harl Cockrum will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery.
[Tuesday, January 3, 1995, "The Register" Contributed by Lynda Miller]

Cairo, Ill., March 9--A young man, supposed to be named Pierce, of Harrisburg, Ill., shot himself on a freight train on the Illinois Central Railroad at Irvington, last night, and will die.
[Cincinnati (OH) Commercial Tribune, March 10, 1884]

Beulah Reed
Entered into Eternal Rest
Friday, June 23, 1978
Mrs. Beulah Reed, 88, dies
Mrs. Beulah Reed, 88, of Campbell, Mo., died Friday at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell.
On March 3, 1910 she was married to Elmer P. Reed, who preceded her in death on February 11, 1972.
She was born in Eldorado, Illinois on August 13, 1889, daughter of the late William Jasper and Augusta Long McCoy. She was a member of the Campbell United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter, Cecil Reed and Mrs. Betty Derby, both of Campbell; a sister, Mrs. Flo Thomas, Mt. Vernon, IL; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews in the Eldorado area.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Landess Funeral Home in Campbell, where friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Stephen Million will officiate and burial will be in Memorial Park in Malden, Mo.
Memorials may be sent to the Campbell United Methodist Church.
[Harrisburg Daily Register, June 24, 1978 - Submitted by Susan Laffitte]

Charles Rutledge
Charles Rutledge Dies at Home in This City
Charles Rutledge, 76, died at his home at 1912 Jackson Street in this city at 7:00 p.m. Monday following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Rutledge was a retired street car motorman, being employed at that job in Detroit, Michigan for 25 years. Following his retirement several years ago he and Mrs. Rutledge returned to Eldorado and lived at their home on Jackson Street. On the 14th of February he and Mrs. Rutledge would have been married 52 years. She is the former Jane V. Dunn of this city. Mr. Rutledge was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Eldorado and was a man held in deep respect by his many friends. He leaves, besides the wife, one daughter, Mrs. Howard Whitacre of Lincoln Park, Michigan; three brothers, Elmer, Vernon and Vollie Rutledge, and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Dibble, all of Detroit Michigan. The body, received by the Martin Funeral Home, is lying in state at the family residence. Funeral arrangements are not complete but tentative plans are for services Thursday at the First Methodist Church.

[Unknown newspaper, c. 1957. Transcribed by K. Torp]

Jack Stalions
Jack Stalions, night policeman at Carrier Mills a few years ago, was hit by an automobile today south of Carrier Mills, and he died on the way to Lightner Hospital
[Harrisburg Daily Register, Harrisburg, Illinois,September 14, 1934]

Thomas Stiff
THOMAS STIFF, born Aug. 10, 1827; died June 8, 1893 at 8:27 p.m. aged 65 years, 9 months and 28 days. Funeral from family residence in Harrisburg at 2 o'clock p.m. to-day. Services by Eld. W.S. Blackman. Friends of the family invited. [June 9, 1893, contributed by Lynda Miller]

John Sullivan Dies at Home on Dewey Street
John A. Sullivan, 817 Dewey Street, passed away at 11:45 this morning, the death being caused from a complication of diseases. The funeral services will be held at the Church of God Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock with Bros. J. P. Hughes and Dan Mahan of Equality in charge of the services. He will be laid to rest at Leavell Hill cemetery, below Equality. He is survived by his wife, Nora, four sons, Edgar and Clelvas of Eldorado and Carrol and Cecil of Equality and a daughter, Mrs. Aileen Ratley of Muddy. There is also one sister Mrs. Frona Jones of Logan.

[Eldorado Daily Journal Saturday August 1, 1931, submitted by Beth Sullivan]

Flo Etta Thomas
Funeral services for Mrs. Flo Etta Thomas, 89, will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 12, at the Gaskins Funeral Home, where friends may call after 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Carl Williams will officiate and burial will be in Rhine Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas was the widow of Mermen Thomas, who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1962. She resided in Cape Coral, Fla. And died at 1:25 a.m. Saturday in Ft. Myers Community Hospital. Mrs. Thomas was born on Sept. 21, 1893 in Saline County, daughter of the late William Jasper and Augusta Catherine (Long) McCoy. She was a member of West Salem Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Ill. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Kendall (Dorothy) Hunt of Cape Coral, Fla.; a son, Donald A. Thomas of Harrisburg; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
[Unknown newspaper, Jan 10, 1983 - Submitted by Susan Laffitte]

Ernest Upchurch
Ernest Upchurch, 75, of Carrier Mills died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Harrisburg Hospital.
He was born Sept. 21, 1889, in Johnston City, the son of Charlie and Pinnia Upchurch. He leaves his wife Ettie; sisters, Mrs. Linda Suver of logansport, Ind.,and Mrs. Vinesa Jalowiec of Herrin; and brothers, Paul Upchurch of Taylorvilleand Walter Upchurch of Herrin. He was a member of Arnoldview Church south of Crab Orchard. He was a retired miner.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Arnoldview Church. The Rev.Vernell Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery, near Ozark.Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at James Thornton Funeral Home, Carrier Mills.
(No Date - Transcribed by Michael P. McGuigan)

William Loven Whitler, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Whitler, was born in Fordsville, Ky., March 25th, 1884. Died in Eldorado, Illinios June 29th, 1918. Loven spent his boyhood days In and near Fordsville, Ky. Was converted and joined the fellowship of Mt. Pleasant church in early life, he was of a congenial nature and had a wide circle of friends in his home town and community, and when he moved to Eldorado, Illinois he carried this same spirit of friend-making with him, as was manifest by the large number of his brethern and fellows, who accompanied the body front that distant town to its last resting place in Fordsville cemetery. All who knew him found a kind generous, helpful friend in Loven. His sad and tragic death was caused by breathing poisonous gas In a mine in which he worked in Eldorado, Illinois. He leaves a wife, five children, a father and mother and three brothers to mourn his loss. Earth is made poorer and heaven richer by his home going.
The Hartford Herald., Hartford Ky October 16, 1918
(Transcribed by J M Kell)

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