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Memorial Card
Harold Caldwell
b.8 Feb 1898 in Gibson Co, IND
d. 25 March 1985 in Carmi, White Co, IL
services held at: Nale's Funeral Home on Wednesday, 27 March 1985 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev Richard Sullens
assisted by: Lyle Douglas
concluding services: Koontz Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

West H. Camp, M. D.
DIED - At New Massillon Jan. 1st, 1858, West H. Camp, M. D., aged about 45 years. [The Fairfield Gazette, January 22, 1858]

David Campbell
David Campbell died December 27, 1870.  Resolutions of Respect from Fairfield Lodge No. 206, A. F. & A. M. in Press.
[Wayne County Press, February 2, 1871]

Capt. John A. Campbell
Capt. John A. Campbell died Sept. 1, 1857.  He was a soldier and officer in the Mexican War.  (Left a widow and infant children.) [The Fairfield Gazette, January 22, 1858]

Laura Campbell
Died of flux, Oct. 4th, 1875, Laura Campbell, aged 5 years, 4 months and 15 days.  Laura was the only child of Wm. and Paulina Campbell . . . [Wayne County Press, October 14, 1875]

Maggie Campbell
Maggie Campbell, died near Burnt Prairie, June 24th, 1875, of cholera infantum, aged 4 months and 3 days, infant daughter of Jas. And Mary Campbell. [Wayne County Press, October 14, 1875]

Mary Ann Campbell
FATAL ACCIDENT - Yesterday morning, a shocking accident befell Miss Mary Campbell residing in Fairfield.  Whilst standing near a stove her garments caught fire, and she was instantly enveloped in flames -- . . .  She survived until five o'clock P.M., when death relieved her of her sufferings. [Prairie Pioneer,  January 4, 1861]

- Died, of the effect of fire, at the residence of J. W. Barnhill, of this place, Thursday evening, January 3rd, 1861], Miss Mary Ann Campbell, aged 20 years. . . Her mother who resides in Jasper County. . .  the deceased was born in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio and had been living in the family of J. W. Barnhill nearly two years.  She had been a member of the Roman Catholic Church seven years. . . . She leaves a heart-broken mother, brothers, sister, relatives and friends. .  [Prairie Pioneer, January 11, 1861]

Robert Campbell
We are sorry to chronicle the death of Robt. Campbell of the 18th Ills. Vols.  After a lingering and painful illness he departed this life on Sunday last, the 13th inst., at the residence of his father, Alex Campbell. [Prairie Pioneer, July 17, 1862]

Mary Carrie
Died at the residence of her son-in-law James Davidson, 242 North Wells Street, Chicago, on Monday, August 16th, 1875, Mary Carrie, relict of the late John Carrie of Berickshire Scotland. Mrs. Carrie had reached the extreme age of ninety-three years at the time of her death . . . [excerpt from Wayne County Press, August 26, 1875]

Amanda A. Carson
DIED.- Amanda A., wife of Dr. W. B. Carson, was born in Mrigs (sic) County, Ohio, February 14th, 1874... She leaves a husband, two little children. . . [Wayne County Press, February 5, 1874] We regret a mistake that occurred in Mrs. Carson's Obituary last week, the date of her birth should have been 1846 instead of 1874 as printed.  [Wayne County Press, February 12, 1874]

William A. Carter
Died at his residence, six miles south of Fairfield, on Saturday, October 30th, 1869, William A. Carter, aged 70 years and six days. Mr. Carter was among the first settlers of Southern Illinois-coming to Wayne County in November 1828……. [excerpted from Wayne County Press, November 18, 1869]

Memorial Card
Leonard S. Cates
b.4 Aug 1910 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 23 Nov 1984 in Evansville, IND.
services held at: Nale's Funeral Home Monday, 26 Nov 1984 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev Ron Mills
concluding services: Richland Cemetery

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Donald M. Caudle
Donald M. Caudle, 60 yrs, of Zenith, died early Thursday morning in Fairfield. He was a security guard at Southwire in Flora. Mr. Caudle was born 26 June 1917 in Zenith, the son of Bryan and Golda (Vaughn) Caudle. He married the former Maxine Smith in Zenith of 5 July 1941. She survives. Before going to work at South wire, Caudle was employed as a custodian at the Orchardville Grade School for several years and also worked at the International Shoe Co, Flora. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the RLDS Brush Creek Church, Zenith, with Elder Stanley Greathouse officiating. Burial will be Harrell Cemetery, Zenith. Military service will be held at graveside.
Friends may call at the Hosselton Funeral Home, Cisne, after 5 p.m. Saturday.
Besides his wife, Caudle is survived by his mother, Mrs. Golda Caudle of Johnsville; two daughters, Mrs. John (Donna) Adkins of Columbia, MO, and Mrs. Leon (Sue) Benett of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Mrs. Bernard (Colleen) Talbert of Cisne, and three granddaughters. He was prepared in death by his father and two brother, Paul and Batson.

(son of Bryan & Golda (Vaughn) Caudle) [Donated by Marlene Olson]

Abram Chapman
Abram Chapman, an old citizen of the county, died at his residence seven miles south-east of Fairfield, June 5th, and was buried on Sunday . . . [Wayne County Press, June 10, 1875]

Memorial Card
Vernie Arlston Chapman
b.18 Aug 1919 in Geff, IL
d. 19 Nov 1991 in Fairfield, California
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel, Sunday, 24 Nov 1991 at 2 p.m.
ministers: Bro. Lowell Hunley -- Sis. Grace Frazier
concluding services: Veterans Cemetery
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Mrs. Charlton
Two citizens of Indian Prairie lately lost their wives.  Mrs. Charlton, of the vicinity of Blue Point, died on Friday last. [Wayne County Press, October 15, 1874]

Memorial Card
Frank Clark
b.23 March 1890 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
d. 3 Dec 1966 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
Services conducted from: Dixon & Johnson Chapel on Tuesday, 6 Dec 1966 at 2 p.m.
Conducted by: Rev Edward Cockrel
assisted by: Rev. W.E. Courtright
Concluding Service: Richland Cemetery.
Services Conducted by: Dixon & Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Jeffrey Robinson Clark
Died at the residence of his father in this county on Friday morning the 24th inst., of consumption, after a lingering illness Jeffrey Robinson Clark, aged 28 years. [Fairfield Weekly News, April 25, 1857]

Memorial Card
Mabel Clark
b.4 June 1888 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 17 Jan 1989 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Friday, 20 Jan 1989 at 11 a.m.
ministers: Rev Geraldine Galloway --- Rev. W. G. Wodicker
concluding services: Richland cemetery
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Omar E. Clark
Died in Fairfield, Ills. on Sunday evening, Oct. 2nd, 1870, Omar E. Clark, son of O. P. Clark, aged 21 years, one month and 15 days. [Wayne County Press, October 13, 1870]

William Cliff
Just as we are going to press we learn that Elder Wm. Cliff, formerly of this Conference, died of cholera at Olney on Tuesday last. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, September 20, 1866]

Alva G. Clifton
Rev. Alva G. Clifton, a well-known Fairfield resident, died unexpectedly at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 1985, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  Rev. Clifton entered the hospital Jan.31 with a bleeding condition. Death was due to heart failure, the family said. He was a retired Airtex employee and was well-known for making woodworking items, which he sold locally.   
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hope General Baptist Church with Rev. Hobert Burdin officiating. Interment was in Koontz Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home handled the funeral arrangements.
Rev. Clifton was born near Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, May 27, 1912, the son of W. H. and Maryetta Monroney Clifton. He was married to the former Frankie Mclntosh at Fairfield Oct. 15, 1953. Mrs. Clifton is owner-operator of Desseree's Beauty Shop. Rev. Clifton was a U.S. Army veteran, who served as a technical sergeant in Philippines during World War Il. He was a licensed General Baptist minister. He served as a fill in pastor for several congregations in the Wayne County area over the years. Rev. Clifton was employed for 26 years in the parts department at Airtex Products before retiring in 1977. He was a member of the New Hope General Baptist Church and Union Grove Presbytery. Survivors include his wife, Frankie Clifton, of Fairfield; one brother James A. Clifton of Fairfield; and two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Large of Fairfield; and Mrs. Amanda J. Johnson, of Mt. Vernon.

Preceding him in death were four brothers and a sister.
[Wayne County Press, Monday, February 24, 1985 -- Donated by  Mike Clemmons]

Emma Clifton
A longtime Fairfield resident. Mrs. Emma Clifton, 77. of the Fair-Way Apartments. died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 19, 1986, of cancer at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  Mrs. Clifton was the widow of Rev. William Clifton, a General Baptist minister. She was employed in her younger years at various limes with Sexton, Atntree, and Johnnye Manufacturing companies. Mrs. Clifton had resided at the Fair-Way Apartments for the past 15 months.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at First General Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary Gelsinger officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation is planned from 6-S p.m. Tuesday at Nale's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Clifton was born in Ponca County, Mo. April 26, 1909, the daughter of Lewis and Armintha Propes Sutherland. She wed Rev, William Hardy Clifton many years ago. Rev. Clifton died Jan. 3, 1978. The couple had no children. Mrs. Clifton was a member of First General Baptist Church.
Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Ilene Scott and Mrs. Edith Gregory, both of Fairfield; Mrs. Ruby Meador, of Mt. Carmel; and Mrs. Wilma Taylor, of Anderson, Ind.; one brother, Lewis Sutherland. of Fairfield; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Sutherland
[Wayne County Press - Oct 20, 1986 -- Donated by Mike Clemmons]

Mrs. Frances Clifton
Mrs. Frances Clifton, 73, a longtime resident of Fairfield, died at the home of a son, Donald Clifton, in Fayetteville, N. Ca., Thursday night.
In poor health, Mrs. Clifton had suffered a broken hip since going to her son's home. Her husband, James Clifton, a well-known man here, died Nov. 16 ..
She was a housewife.
Funeral services were held from the New Hope General Baptist Church Tuesday morning (today), with Rev. Wendell Allen officiating. Nale's Funeral Home was in charge. She was born in Fairfield Sept. 21, 1916, the daughter of W.A. (Happy) Corder and Carrie Eaton Corder.
On May 3, 1938, in Morganfield, Ky., she was married to James Clifton.
Mrs. Clifton was a member of the New Hope General Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and two sisters.
Surviving are one son, Donald of Fayetteville, N. Ca.; one daughter, Shirley Witter of Mattoon; one brother, Wildon Corder of Fairfield; one sister, Leitha O'Dell of Erin, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.
[Wayne County Press - Jan 1, 1990 -- Donated by Mike Clemmons]

Frankie D. Clifton
Mrs. Frankie D. Clifton Dies At 73; Was Retired Beautician
Mrs. Frankie D. Clifton, 73, of this city, died at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 18, 1999, at Rest Haven Manor in Albion. A retired beautician, Mrs. Clifton was the widow of Alva Clifton.
Funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon from the New Hope General Baptist Church, with Terry Williams officiating. Interment was in Koontz Cemetery. A visitation was held at the church for one hour prior to the service. She was born at Springerton Apr. 12, 1925, the daughter of James Herbert and Alma Gill McIntosh.  Her husband, Alva Clifton, died in February, 1985. The couple had no children.  Mrs. Clifton had been a member of the New Hope General Baptist Church since 1953.  Surviving are a sister, Rosella Otzwirt of Springfield; and one nephew. 
 [Wayne County Press - 3-22-1999 -- Donated by Mike Clemmons]

James Clifton
James Clifton, 82, of Fairfield, a 30-year Airtex employee, died at 11:35 p.m. Thursday. Nov. 16, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Clifton had heart trouble and had a heart attack two weeks ago that left him hospitalized. He suffered another heart attack on Thursday that caused his death.          Services were at 2 p.m, Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church. Rev. Wendell Allen officiated. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Clifton was born Nov. 8, 1907. in Mt. Vernon. His parents were William and Etta (Monroney) Clifton. He married Frances Corder May 3, 1938, in Morganfield, Ky. She survives. Mr. Clifton was a retired Airtex: employee. He worked for 30 years in the production department. He was a 33 year member of Ute New Hope General Baptist Church. Mr. Clifton is survived by his wife; one son, Donald Clifton of Fayetteville, N.C.; one daughter, Shirley Witter of Mattoon; one sister, Amanda Johnson of Mt. Vernon, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.  
[Wayne County Press - Nov 20, 1989, Donated by Mike Clemmons]

Memorial Card
Eugene Cline
b.3 March 1930 in Wayne County, IL
d.1 Feb 1980 in Flora, IL
Services Conducted from: Johnson Chapel
Sunday, 3 Feb 1980 at 2 p.m.
minister: Rev. E.R. Adams
concluding services: Richland Cemetery with Military Rites
Services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Memorial Card
Leslie Cline
b.29 Nov 1907 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
d.18 Oct 1972 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
services conducted from: Dixon & Johnson Chapel, Saturday, 21 Oct 1972 at 2 p.m.
ministers: Rev. E.R. Adams --- Rev Lawrence Schott
concluding services: Richland Cemetery
Services Conducted by: Dixon & Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Charles R. Close
Dies at Paxton
"Charles R. Close, 72, of Paxton, Wall Township, Northwest of here, died 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in Paxton Community Hospital, where he was admitted a short time earlier. He had been suffering from a heart ailment for several months. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Olive Branch Baptist church, Wayne city, with the Rev. Harold Mayberry officiating. Burial will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday night and until 5 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral home, Paxton. Mr. Close had been born April 23, 1881, in Wayne County, son of John and Martha ELLIS Close. He lived in Wayne County 25 years before moving to Melvin. Later he moved to the Paxton community where he had lived the last 17 years. Mr. Close was married to Miss Erlie SMITH in February 1904, in Wayne County. He was a member of the Olive branch Church. He leaves his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Jack Linder, Paxton; Mrs. Alfred Cork Rankin; and Mrs. Robert Cork. Elgin;15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Rosie Herbert and Mrs. Ida Morgan, both of Mt. Vernon."  
[Champaign Urban Courier, Donated by Sharon Pilkington]

Effie L. Close
Mrs. Erlie Close, 79, of Elgin, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital in that city. She is a former resident of Wayne City. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Chapel in Wayne City. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Richardson Chapel where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Close was born April 16, 1883, in Wayne County, the daughter of William H. and Annie (Harshbarger) Smith. She was married to Charles Close, who preceded her in death in 1953. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Robert Cork of Elgin, Mrs. Alfred Cork of St. Charles and Mrs. Jack Linder of Paxton; a sister, Mrs. Esty Myers of Humbolt, Il. 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Mrs. Close was a member of the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Charles Close
Mrs. Charles (Effie L.) Close 79, of 53 Second St. died Wednesday afternoon in St. Joseph Hospital following a short illness. She was born April 16, 1883 in Four Mile township, Wayne County, Illinois and had lived in Elgin for eight years. She was a member of the olive branch baptisit Church in Four mile Township. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1953. Surviving are three daughters Mrs. Robert (Edna) Cork of Elgin, Mrs. Jack (Dessie) Linder of Paxton and Mrs. Alfred (Blanche) Cork of St. Charles; a sister Mrs. Esty Myers of Humbolt; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Freinds may call at Bergan Memorial Chapel from 6 to 10 p. m. today. The body will be taken to the Richardson funeral Home in Wayne City for visitation Friday night.. Services will be at 2 Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the olive Branch cemetery.

[Elgin Daily Courier donated by Sharon Pilkington]

John Close
John Close son of John and Mary Close, was born February 28, 1855 in Philadelphia, Pa. of Irish parentage. Died March 22, 1926 age 71 years and 24 days. He came to Illinois with his parents at the age of ten years where he grew to manhood, where he was united in marriage to Martha Jane Ellis, Feb. 25th 1875. He taught school a number of years in the north part of this county. He and his wife located at Wayne City, Ill. 1883, where he pursued the occupation of farming for several years. He was appointed a rural mail carrier on route no. 1 from Wayne City, July 1st 1903, and served in that capacity for 15 years, resigning on account of ill health. Later he accepted a position as an assistant to the Post Master at Wayne City office, retaining that place till death, having served under three different Post Masters. He was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity having been a Master Mason about 46 years. There were eight children born to this union, namely; Mary Hale who died October 14, 1906, Robert of Fairfield, Ill. Charles of Wayne City, James, who died in his infancy, Kate, who died Jan. 16th 1901, Ida Morgan of Mt. Vernon, Ill. Meada who died Jan. 28th 1910 and Rosa Herbert of Mt. Vernon, IL., who was unable to be present on account of illness. He leaves his wife, four children, fifteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a grand daughter Mrs. O. P. Green of Wayne City whom he raised. He had one brother and six sisters. Only one sister survives, Mrs. Martha Huddleson of Hiawatha, Kans. His brother Robert was killed in the siege of Vicksburg, Miss. in the Civil War, at the age of nineteen years. Besides his relatives, he leaves a host of friends to mourn their loss. He never affiliated with any denominational church but has been heard to express his vies and his faith to reach that Spiritual Building, that house not made with hand, eternal in the heavens. Funeral services were held in the Wayne City M. E. church Tuesday afternoon March 23. The Masons Lodge had charge of the services, and Chas. L. Wood assisted Rev. Earl C. Phillips. Burial at Thomason Cemetery.
 [Unknown newspaper - Donated by Sharon Pilkington]

Martha J. Close

Mrs. Martha Jane Close, widow of John Close, died at 5:15 a. m. today in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Morgan, 701 South 18th Street. Her age was 89 years 10 months 13 days. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Combs Chapel in Wayne City. Mrs. Close was born October 1 1856 in Missouri, the daughter of Charles R. and Nancy (Carlyle) Ellis. On February 25, 1875 she was married to John Close, who preceded her in death on March 22, 1926. She was Past Worthy Matron of the Oreder of Eastern Star of Wayne City. Mrs. Close was a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, Robert of Fairfield and Charley of Loda, Ill.; two daughters Mrs. Ida Morgan and Mrs. Owen Herbert of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, J. T. Ellis of Bentonville, Arkansas and F. M. Ellis of Weatherford, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Anna Chandler, Van Nuys, California; 15 grandchildren, 33great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
[Unknown newspaper - Donated by Sharon Pilkington]

Robert Close
Robert Close, 67, Wayne City, Dies
Funeral service for Robert Close who died last Friday at 6:10 p.m. where held at two Sunday from the Combs Chapel in Wayne City, by Rev L. E. Louisignont. Burial was in the Thomason Cemetery. Mr. Close 67, a retired farmer died at his home in Wayne city after a long illness. His retirement last fall was caused by poor health. He was born in Orchardville the son of john & Martha Jane ELLIS Close. He was married to Carrie Allen December 12, 1902. Mr. Close was a member of the Richland Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Carrie, three daughters, Mrs. Alberta Whitlock, St. Joseph, Il. and Fern and Vada at home; one brother Charles R. of Loda; two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Herbert and Mrs. Ida Morgan, both of Mt. Vernon and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and five children. (Wayne County Record - Donated by Sharon Pilkington).

Annuel Harlan Coil
Prominent Wayne County Man Died Here Early Today
Annuel Harlan Coil, who lived north of Keenes on Route 2, died this morning at three o'clock at Mt. Vernon Hospital to which institution he was brought for treatment ten days ago.
Mr. Coil was born in Ohio, November 16, 1856 and his parents were Abraham H. Coil and wife, and his age was 73 years, six months and 27 days. In his active life he was prominent in the farm and business life of Wayne County, and engaged in the mercantile business for 15 years. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Wayne City, and a highly respected citizen in every way.
Funeral services will be held at Garrison Temple. Hickory Hill, Wayne County, Saturday at 11 o'clock.
Mr. Coil is survived by five daughters as follows:
Mrs. Lizzie Burgess, Keenes -- Mrs. R. A. Greenwalt, Bluford -- Mrs. John Harvey, Keenes -- Mrs. Ortho Henson, Orchardville -- Mrs. Otto Stephens, Mt. Vernon
 Three brothers survive:
Logan Coil, Pueblo, Colorado -- Walter Coil, Flora -- Leon Coil, Flora
 One sister, Mrs. Alice Hosley lives at Flora.
[Mount Vernon Register News  June 1929 - Donated by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson]

Harriet S. Collins
Died.-On Thursday, Feb. 24th, 1870, at the residence of her husband, two miles north-west of Fairfield, Mrs. Harriet S. Collins, aged  fifty-seven years, nine months and fourteen days. For many years Mrs. Collins had been a member of the Christian Church…. [Wayne County Press, March 3, 1870]

William Collins
Born December 25, 1825, Coffee Co. Tennessee, died January 12, 1916 in home of daughter Mt. Vernon, married Nancy Ann Bert; 2 children Charley Collins near Dahlgren; Mary Taylor Paducah Kentucky. Married Nancy Ward 2 children John Collins Zearing Iowa; Martha Jane Kennedy Mt. Vernon, Married Elizabeth
Collins (should be Smith); 3 children Eliza Jane, near Delafield, Alva Collins, Minnunk Illinois, Ida Reinert, Dudley Mo. interred Preston Cemetery (see 1949-25 1956-14)
[Dahlgren Echo, January 20, 1916; Legacy of Kin p. 153 1916-154A - Donated by Peg Jones]

: William married Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith daughter of John R. Smith and Polly Myers

Nancy Cook
Mrs. Nancy Cook departed this life April 5th aged 51.  She leaves a husband (old and crippled) and four children to mourn her loss.  [Wayne County Press, April 23, 1874]

Thomas Cooper, Sr.
DIED. On the 13th inst. Mr. Thomas Cooper, Sr., of this place. Mr. Cooper was one of our best citizens and the whole county mourns his loss. [WAR DEMOCRAT, May 18, 1865]

Captain W. M. Cooper, M.D.
OBITUARY - Died at Cairo, Ills., on Wednesday evening the 11th inst., of congestion of the lungs, Captain W. M. Cooper, M.D. of Company G, 18th Illinois Volunteers, aged 25 years and 4 months.  (Body was returned to Fairfield for burial.) [Prairie Pioneer,  September 26, 1861]

Joseph M. Cope
DIED. On Saturday Nov. 16th, at Olney, Ills., of cholera, Joseph M. Cope, of this place, aged twenty-five years, four months, and twenty-five days. ... His sorrowing parents have the heartfelt sympathies of the entire community. [excerpted from WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, November 21, 1867]

Rachel Ann Cope
DIED. On Sunday morning, March 3d, Rachel Ann Cope, daughter of James B. and Sarah Ardery, and wife of J. M. Cope, aged twenty-two years. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, March 7, 1867]

Samuel Cope
Died at Washington City, D.C. on the 7th inst. Samuel Cope of this place. [Prairie Pioneer, February 16, 1860]

Susan Cook
DIED, in Bedford township, on Friday, the 3rd of June, 1870, of dropsy, Mrs. Susan Cook, consort of S. B. Cook.  Mrs. Cook was born in Virginia in 1817 and was 63 years old when she passed from earth.  Sister Cook united with the Christian Church in 1843.  She leaves an affectionate husband, seven children and a large number of friends to mourn her loss. [Wayne County Press, June 9, 1870]

Blanche A. Cork
Blanche A. Cork, 72, dies at Gibson City. Blanche A. Cork, 72, rural Paxton, died 3:15 p. m. Thursday, June 9, 1983, at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She had been in failing health for several years. funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ford Baier Funeral Home, the Rev. Harold Bodeen officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Cork was born Oct. 30, 1911 in Wayne City Ill., a daughter of Charles and Early SMITH Close. She married Alfred E. Cork Oct 27, 1930, in Covington, Indiana. Surviving are her husband, three sons, Fay Cork, Belvidere, Il. Alfred Cork Jr., rural Loda, and Darwin Cork, rural Thawville, 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Edna Cork, Elgin, Il. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers in infancy and one sister. Mrs. cork moved to Melvin from Wayne City as a teenager and attended Melvin schools. She also lived several years in Elgin area and lived in the Paxton Melvin communities 25 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
[unknown paper, donated by Sharon Pilkington]
Blanche A. Cork Rites
Funeral services for Blanche A. Cork who died June 9, 1983, were conducted Sunday afternoon at Ford Baier Funeral Home Paxton, the Rev. Harold Q. Bodeen officiating. Burial was in the Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Pallbearers were Randy Cork, Darian Cork, Larry Schwing, Verisal Cork, Ronnie Cork and Roy Linder. Organist was Linda Kellerhals.
[unknown paper, donated by Sharon Pilkington]

Elizabeth Covington
At the residence of her son, Mr. James Covington, in Fairfield, Saturday, January 31st, 1875, Elizabeth Covington, aged 84 years. Mrs. Covington has been a resident of Grayville, Illinois, for many years ... Her remains were taken to Grayville for burial. [Wayne County Press, February 4, 1875]

Jasper N. Covington
(From the Liberty Advocate)  Departed this life in Liberty on Tuesday October 30th at twenty minutes before 3 o'clock P._, Jasper N. Covington, aged twenty one years and five days.  Liberty, Miss. Nov. 1, 1855. [ILLINOIS PATRIOT, November 24, 1855]

Benjamin Crain
Benj. Crain's daughter, about twenty-two years of age, was buried on the 4th inst. [Wayne County Press, February 19, 1874]

Maude Cravens
Maude Cravens, daughter of Mr & Mrs. D. W. Cravens, was born Nov 6, 1889.  Died Feb 17, 1906, aged 16 yrs, 3 mos., 11 days.  Maude leaves father, mother, brother William who has been in the north part of the state for some time past, little sister Gladys, several relatives, teacher and school which she attended and a host of friends to mourn their loss.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bosley at the Victory church, Sunday Feb 18th in the presence of a very large crowd of friends and relatives.  The pall-bearers were Miss Laura Reade and the schoolmates Pearl Dezouche, Alice Reade, Elma Lecroy, Ola Young and Carrie Sims.  Maude was most loved by those who knew her best.  In school she was an earnest diligent student.  In society she was always pleasant, and in her church work she was sincere.  She was a faithful member of the General Baptist church at victory and her greatest desire seemed to be to assist others in adopting higher principles of living and to induce them to lead pure, godly lives.  It seems hard for us to give her up but as we laid her cold body in the silent tomb we realized more fully than ever that Maude still lives.
Donated by Marylea Gazette]

Memorial Card
Percy Cravens
b. 13 Jan 1914
d. 11 Feb 1988 at Fairfield, IL
services held at: Nale's Funeral Home on Sunday, 14 February 1988 at 2 p.m.
officiating: Rev. Berlin Scarbrough
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery.

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Susie Carpenter Baldwin Cravens
Died at Family Home after Year Long Lingering Illness
Mrs. James Cravens, who had been suffering from disease for the past year, passed away at the family home early Sunday morning, and her death will cause a pang in many hearts who knew and loved her well.  Ever since her childhood she has resided in and near this city, and her pleasing and cheerful ways won a host of friends who will long remember her.  Funeral services were conducted at the Ellen Moore M.E. church on Tues at 2:00 Rev. Marriott and Rev. Dixon officiating.  Interment was made in Maple Hill Cemetery.  The following obituary was read by the officiating minister. 
Mrs. Susie Cravens, daughter of Michael and Eliza Carpenter was born in Christian County, March 24, 1875.  She moved to Wayne County with her parents during her childhood and departed this life July 1, 1922; age 47 years, 3 months and 16 days.  She professed faith in Christ in early life and united with the General Baptist church at Victory, later moving her membership to the Methodist Church at Mt. Olive. 
She was united in marriage to Fred Baldwin in 1894.  To this union was born three children, namely Mrs. Lucile Creighton and Mrs. Georgia Harper of this city and O.A. Baldwin.  In 1906 she was united in marriage to James Cravens, and to this union was born one child, Callie, who will greatly miss the tender care of her mother.  She also leaves to mourn her loss, her loving and devoted husband and children, also three brothers, Charles, John and Thad and one sister, Mrs. Ella Josbre, of this city.  She also leaves five step-children to whom she was a true mother.  The relatives of the deceased have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.  
CARD OF THANKS.  The family desire to express their thanks to their friends and neighbors for their kindness & assistance; also for the beautiful floral offerings.
[January 1958. - Donated by Marylea Gazette]

Memorial Card
Mrs. Mamie Crawford
b.18 November 1893 in Belmont, IL
d. 14 July 1966 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
Services conducted from: Dixon & Johnson Chapel on Sunday, 17 July 1966 at 2 p.m.
Conducted by: Robert E. Reeves
Concluding Service: Maple Hill Cemetery
Services Conducted by: Dixon & Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Jacob R. Creighton
Judge J. R. Creighton Dies; Long in Public Service
Fairfield, Ill., April 14 -- Judge Jacob R. Creighton died at his home here today.
He was twice elected Circuit judge in the Second judicial district here and was on the Appellate bench at Springfield for one term. He was twice state's attorney of Wayne county. He was a member of the Wayne county draft exemption board. He was 72 years old and leaves a widow, two sons, and one daughter.
Judge Creighton was one of the closest personal and political friends of Roger C. Sullivan among the downstate politicians, and it is a coincidence that they died on the same day. Judge Creighton was a national delegate at the last three conventions in which Mr. Sullivan led the llinois contingent. At the Peoria convention in 1906 Judge Creighton was the leader of the downstate forces in behalf of Mr. Sullivan against William J. Bryan in the memorable fight before the resolutions committee.
[Chicago Daily Tribune, April 15, 1920 - Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]

John M. Creighton
On Saturday evening last at half past eight o'clock, Mr. John M. Creighton died at his residence five miles north-east of Fairfield, of lung fever and consumption. [Wayne County Press, October 28, 1869]

Hooper Crews
"DIED - the 16th of April, Hooper Crews,  late of Co.  D, 87th Ills. Vols." [The Fairfield Weekly News, 1 Oct 1857 - Submitted by a FOFG]
Marie Crews
Died on Thursday, 9th of Sept., Marie Crews, daughter of Jesse and Louisa Cannon, and wife of Nathan Crews of Wayne County, aged about 28 years. [The Fairfield Gazette, September 16, 1858]

William Crews, Sr.
Wm.  Crews, Sr., an old and highly respected citizen of this vicinity, died on the 7th inst" [Wayne County Press, December 18, 1873]
William Crews, Sen., whose death we noted in last week's Press, was born in 1804, sometime in the month of February and consequently at his death on the 6th inst., he was nearly 70 years of age.  He was the third of four brothers who all lived to a ripe old age, Rev. James Crews being the only survivor.  They came to our State from Kentucky at a very early day while the country was a wilderness, the subject of this notice having been a resident of Illinois ever since 1819. . . He leaves a wife, several children. .[Wayne County Press, December 25, 1873]


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