Obituaries and Death Notices
TUSCOLA - Funeral services for John William Dallas, 73, of rural Tuscola will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Waddington Funeral Home, Tuscola, the Rev. David Monro officiating. Burial will be in Cartwright Cemetery, west of Tuscola. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mr. Dallas died at 8:18 p.m. Thursday (June 29, 1989) at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
He was born August 30, 1915, in Wayne County, a son of Ernest and Anna Marshall Dallas. He married Marie Jacobs on Dec 28, 1938, at Rockville, Ind. She survives. Also surviving are a son, John W Dallas of Arthur; two daughters, Nancy Hibbard of Penn Yan, NY., Pam Ernst of Sullivan; four sisters, Geneva Navel of Bourbon, Ruby Talley and Verona Dallas, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lena Henderson of Fairfield; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. Mr. Dallas was a retired grain farmer and farm machinery mechanic.
[The News Gazette, July 1, 1989 - Donated by Nancy Dallas Hibbard]
Orda Evert Dalton
5 Oct 1889 -- 4 Sep 1923
Ordie Dalton of Wayne City was instantly killed Tuesday afternoon at the steel plant of the Mt. Vernon car shop. A string of cars were backed in on him and another man, Walter Smith, crushing them between the cars. Dalton has a wife and four children. He was boarding at the home of I.J. Dalton, a relative [his father].
[Newspaper clipping, not dated - donated by FoFG]
Samuel Scott Davidson
S.S. Davidson, one of the early settlers of Macon County, died at his late home one and one-half miles south of Casner, at 8:15 o’clock Friday morning. Mr. Davidson’s death was caused by a complication of diseases. He had been in poor health for three or four years and had been critically ill for two or three weeks. Samuel Scott Davidson was born in Wayne County, Illinois, May 7, 1830. He moved to Macon County with his parents when he was quite young and had resided in the county ever since. The place on which he lived during the greater part of his life he entered from the government in 1852. Politically Mr. Davidson was a democrat. Over forty years ago he identified himself with the Cumberland Presbyterian church and has lived a consistent member of that denomination since. In the neighborhood of his home he was known as “Uncle Sam Davidson.” He had a genial, generous nature that made him a popular man. January 4, 1854, he was married to Mary A. Lindsay, who survives. They had eight children, the following named still living: Mrs. Ferdinand McDonald, Mrs. James King of Oakley, Mrs. Michael Siehr of Elwin, Mrs. Charles Myers of Long Creek, John E. Davidson of Freeland, Wyo., and M. L. Davidson of the 35th U. S. Infantry now serving in the Philippines. A brother, Alexander Davidson, and a sister, Mrs. Lucinda Perdue of Elwin, also survive. Funeral services will be held at the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Mt. Zion at 11 o’clock Sunday morning. A brief service will be held at the residence at 9 o’clock on the same morning. Burial will be at Mt. Zion cemetery. [Decatur Herald (Decatur, IL) 5 Aug 1902]
S.B. Davis lost his youngest child with capillary bronchitis [Wayne County Press, April 15, 1875]
Barbara Davis was born March 14, 1836 in Monroe County, Ohio. She came to Wayne County, Illinois and was married to Wm D. Ellzey November 9th, 1854. Eight children were born to this union, four boys and four girls. Six of these children, three boys and three girls preceded her in death. Her husband died January 11th, 1886, since which time she has lived with and raised her children.Two of her sons died after they had reached manhyood after which she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Emma Simpson. She was converted and together with her husband united with the Christian Church of Pleasant Grove, later placing her membership with the Free Will Baptist organization at the Ward school house and later with the other members she united with the Oak Valley Church where she has ever since held her membership. She was always faithful in her attendance at the church services and Sunday school until advanced age and feeble health caused her to stop her attendance. She was a good Christian woman and well beloved by all who knew her. She has gone to her reward and we who knew her believe she is now with Jesus. She died January 16, 1918 at the age of 81 years 10 months and 2 days. She leaves to mourn their loss one son John Ellzey of Kansas, one daughter, Mrs. Emma Simpson, one brother David Davis of Western Wayne county, also 14 grandchildren and 10 great grand children besides other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Oak Valley Church at which Rev. Samuel Hoekstra the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fairfield, officiated. Interment was at Oak Valley Cemetery near the Church. [Wayne County Press - Submitted By: Marylea Gazette]
Charles Grover Davis
b. 20 Feb 1888 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 11 March 1966 in Fairfield, Wayne Co,IL
Services held at : Nale Funeral Home on Sunday, 13 March 1966 at 2:00 p.m.
Conducted by: Rev. Edward J. Cockrel
Concluding Service: Victory Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]
Clarence F. Davis
b. 3 April 1911 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 29 Aug 1961 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
Services: Pin Oak Church at Friday, 1 Sept 1961 at 2 p.m.
officiating: Rev Lawrence Schott
Assisted by: Elder Dale Warren
Concluding Service: Pin Oak Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]
Died April 18th, infant son of Thomas Deem and wife. [Wayne County Press, May 7, 1874]
DIED - In Covington, April 18th, 1874, Lewis, son of Thomas L. and Clarsisa Deem, aged two years, five months and eighteen days. A fond father, mother, two brothers and three sisters mourn his loss. [Wayne County Press, April 23, 1874]
Elder J. DeGarmo
Elder J. DeGarmo, a prominent citizen and member of the Christian Church, died at his home near Blue Point on Wednesday, Sept. 29th, after an illness of one week. [Wayne County Press, October 7, 1875]
Mr. John H. Deitz
b.14 Nov 1903 in McLeansboro, IL
d. 25 Dec.1990 in Fairfield, IL
services held at: Nale's Funeral Home on Thursday, 27 Dec 1990 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev Ray Phillips
concluding services: Bethel Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]
Enterprise -- Wm. Dennis, one of Zif's best citizens, died Tuesday.
[Wayne County Record, Thursday, February 4, 1897, Submitted by Becca Hamblin]
Note: [*This would be February 2, 1897. William's memorial marker in Zif Cemetery reads 1897. Two news articles written in later years, a brief biography on William's wife and the obituary of William's wife, give February 1, 1896. Obviously 1897, is the correct year and February is the correct month; but was it actually the 1st or 2nd? I have not yet been able to research the county record*]
Mary "Mollie" Dickey
Mrs. Mary (Mollie) Dickey Dies; Was 96
Mrs. Mary Melinda "Mollie" Dickey, 96, of Rt 2, Bluford died at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Jan 13, 1992, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. A homemaker, Mrs. Dickey was the mother of Delmar J. Dickey of Fairfield and Leland Paul Dickey of Sims.
Funeral rites were conducted Thursday morning (today) from the Arrington Prairie Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Rudolph Schlag and Rev. Don Rector officiating. Burial was in Dickeyville Cemetery. The Hughey Funeral Home handled arrangements. She was born in Wayne County Oct 2, 1895, the daughter of Logan Paul and Laura (Mills) Jones.
On April 30, 1916, in Sims, she was married to Reed Dickey , who preceded her in death April 8, 1974. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, two infant daughters, two infant sons, four brothers and one sister. Mrs. Dickey was a member of the Keenes Missionary Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Verna R.) Catron, Mrs. Myra Ilene Catron and Mrs. Keith (Mary Helen) Ellis, all of Mt. Vernon; five sons, Delmar J. Dickey, Fairfield; Leland Paul Dickey, Sims; Donald West Dickey, Bluford; Logan Chester Dickey, Tremont; and Dale D. Dickey, Bluford; one sister, Beulah Drake, Odin; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. [Wayne County Press, Thursday, 16 Jan 1992 pg. two - Donated by Marlene Olson]
Notes: Laura (Mills)1st marr. ____ Jones and 2nd marr. Isaiah Jackson Dalton
Child from first marriage was Mollie (Jones) Reed.
Child from second marriage was Beulah (Dalton)
Drake, the postmaster of Orchardville, Wayne Co, IL.
Isaiah Jackson Dalton 1st marr. was to Almira/Elmira Ella (Miller) Dalton.
Child: Novella Jane Dalton b. 4 Dec 1897 in Wayne City, Wayne Co, IL / d. 1 April 1926 in Belvidere, Boone Co, IL; marr. 15 Dec 1912
Other children, also.
Reed Dickey, a retired farmer of rural Bluford died April 8, 1974, at Good Samaritan Hospital Mt. Vernon. Funeral services were held at Arrington Prairie Church April 10, 1974, with Brother Rudolph Schlagg and Brother Okley Miller officiating, with burial in the Dickeyville Cemetery, Richardson Funeral Home in charge.
Born July 11, 1895 in Wayne County, the son of Eld. Joshua T. and Mary Evaline (Reed) Dickey. He married to Mary M. Jones on April 30, 1916, she survives.
He was a faithful member and Deacon of the Baptist Church of Keenes, Illinois.
Besides his wife he is survived by five sons, Delmer J. of Fairfield, Leland P. of Sims, Donald W. of Bluford, Dale D. at home and Logan C. of Morton, Illinois. Three daughters, Mrs. Vernon (Verna) Catron of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Fay (Ilene) Catron, of Clinton, Mississippi and Mrs. Keith (Helen) Ellis of Mt. Vernon, also surviving are one brother John Dickey, of Hawthorn, California. Two sisters Mrs. Eva Weaver of Johnsville and Mrs. Agness Pittman, of Rinard.
Eighteen Grandchildren, and eight Great-Grandchildren. [Name/Date of Newspaper unknown -- Donated by Marlene Olson]
W. N. Dickey
Son of David and Nancy Page Dickey was born in Bledsoe County, Tenn. August 27th, 1837. When a small child his parents moved to Georgia where they remained until the year 1865 when they came to Wayne County, Illinois. In 1863 Mr. Dickey came north and joined the Union Army, and at once detailed to the secret service, for which he was especially qualified. He was discharged at Chattanooga, Tenn., in April, 1865. For ten years he followed farming in Arrington Township, but in 1875 having been appointed deputy sheriff he removed to Fairfield, which city continued to be his home until his death, which occurred at his home on Sunday, September 24th, 1916 at 12:30 p.m. Mr. Dickey served as sheriff four years 1894-1898. Mr. Dickey was married in Walker County, Georgia on March 10th 1859 to Miss Mary Phillips. To this union were born ten children, four of whom preceded the father to the heavenly home; those remaining are as follows: Thomas B. of Arrington township. Mrs. Annie Goodman, John d., and Harry Edward of Fairfield, Mrs. E. E. Allen of Flora, and Mrs. H. A. Valentine of Terre Haute, Indiana. Mr. Dickey was again married on January 24th 1897 to Mrs. Jennie Johnsten of Roodhouse, Illinois, who with the above mentioned children survive to mourn the death of their devoted husband and father; besides these Mr. Dickey has six living sisters, who are Mrs. H. B. Massey, of East St. Louis, Mrs. Elias Tucker and Mrs. Louis Tucker of Arrington Prairie, Mrs. J. M. Reynolds of Redfield, Arkansas and Mrs. John Haile of Toronto, Ill; the first five who were in attendance at the funeral services. Mr. Dickey was a charter member of the first lodge of I.O.O.F. in Fairfield and also a charter member of the present lodge of that order, being the last charter member to pass away. A brief funeral was held at the residence at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday September 26th, conducted by Rev. W. Crume, pastor of the Baptist Church. After the service the body was removed to the Dickeyville church where he was converted and baptized by the Rev. Calvin Allen Jan., 1867 where the funeral sermon was preached by Revs. W. R. Crume, L. Tucker, and Wm. Mayberry. A goodly number of Oddfellows attended in a body and the beautiful and impressive funeral service of that order was used. The interment was by the side of his wife in the ideal cemetery of Dickeyville church.
[Wayne County Record, October 5, 1916 - Transcribed by Michael J. Von Gebel]
A man who is a rather familiar figure on main street in Fairfield, Liberty Dixon, 79, was found dead at his home at 508 laurel Street at 10 o'clock Sunday morning. Rev. Berlin Scarbrough stopped by the Dixon home to take the elderly man to church, but he did not answer the door. Police were called and broke down the door, they found Mr. Dixon lying on the living room floor, dead.
Coroner Bob Johnson said examinations indicated death resulted from natural causes some hours earlier. Mr. Dixon lived alone. Rather late in life on June 4, 1966 he was married to Fern Close. She died in 1972. Mr. Dixon was born in Wayne County, March 30, 1902, the son of John and Mary DAVIS Dixon. He spent much of his life as a --------Laborer.
Funeral services will be held at Johnson's Funeral Home, at 2? p.m. Tuesday with rev. Berlin Scarbrough in charge. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation is after 6 p.m. Monday (tonight). The only known survivors are three cousins, Mrs. Mobart Gray. and Larry Davis, of Fairfield and Mrs. Russell Talbert of Wayne City." [Unknown paper - Donated by Sharon Pilkington]
Mrs. Cleota Douglas
b. 21 May 1911 in White Co, IL
d. 21 July 1983 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
services held at Nale's Funeral Home on Sunday, 24 July 1983 at 1:30 p.m.
officiating : Rev. John Reed
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]
William W. Douglas
Died at his residence in Mt. Erie, on Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 1869, William W. Douglas, in the 43rd year of his age. He was born in Barren County, Ky, March 23rd, 1827, and has resided in Mt. Erie for a number of years……. (Much more follows, including resolutions from the Masonic Lodge No. 331 of Mt. Erie.) Wayne County Press, December 23, 1869]
(From the Manchester, O. Gazette) Died at his residence in Manchester, on Wednesday Nov. 20, Mr. John Dougherty, aged 58 years. Mr. Dougherty was born in Adams County, and has, during nearly all his life, been a resident of our town. In the year 1842 he was married to Miss Lucy Tate, who still survives him ... member of Presbyterian Church ... leaves ... a wife and six children. [excerpted from WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, December 12, 1867]
George W. Douglas
George W. Douglas, Esq., the editor of this paper, died at his residence in this town, on Sunday night, October 9th, 1864, of Typhoid fever, after an illness of several weeks. -- Mt. Carmel Register. [WAR DEMOCRAT, October 20, 1864]
James T. Downen
Retired Carpenter was father of Mrs. Walter McKay Here; Rites Tuesday.
James Thomas Downen, 82, retired Wayne City carpenter and farmer, died at memorial hospital here at 7:30 Sunday morning, following a long period of declining health. He had been hospitalized about a week. Mr. Downen was the father of Mrs. Walter McKay of Fairfield.
Funeral services will be from the Wayne City Baptist Church at 2 p m Tuesday with Rev Everett LeMay officiating. Interment in Thomason cemetery. The body will be at the Richardson Chapel until the funeral hour. Mr. Downen was born near Sims, October 7, 1876, the son of Virgil and Agnes Whitson Downen. He was a member of the Wayne City Baptist Church. On March 28, 1912, he was married to Anna Applegate, with three children born to this union.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Gerald of St Louis; a stepson, Paul Jones, of Denver, CO; two daughters, Maravine Leach of Wayne City; and Vernette, wife of Walter McKay of Fairfield; 7 grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Manion of Denver, CO. [Donated by Marylea Gazette]
Died of Flux, at the residence of her parents, near Cincinnati, Ills., Aug. 28th, A. D. 1875, at ten o'clock, p.m., in the fifth year of her age, Malinda, daughter of William R. and Margaret Downen ... [Wayne County Press, September 9, 1875]
Julia Chrisman Doyle
b. 2 June 1905 in Bone Gap, IL
d. 22 Sept 1991 in Flora, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Wed., 25 Sept 1991 at 2 p.m.
minister: Bro. Tom Rains
concluding services: Scott Cemetery at Mt. Erie, IL
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]
Beulah A. Drake, 87, of 300 Green St, Odin, and formerly of Orchardville and Centralia, died at 6:39 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 1993, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.
She was born June 2, 1906, in Wayne County, daughter of Issiah J and Laura A (Mills) Dalton. She married Russell B. Drake Nov. 13, 1933, in Benton and he preceded her in death in 1974.
She is survived by a daughter, Sue Geibe of Centralia: a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Mrs. Drake retired in 1971 after 36 years as postmaster of Orchardville. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Orchardville and Postal Employees Association.
Following cremation memorial graveside services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Orchardville, with the Rev. Oland Henson officiating.
There will be no visitation. Garnier & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. [Unknown newspaper - Donated by Nancy Hauracha]
Carroll C. Draper, 84, McLeansboro, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec.30, 2007, at White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care in Mt. Vernon. He was born in Fairfield on Feb. 21, 1923, the son of Curtis O. and Carolyn Ruth (Powell) Draper. He married Annabelle Abbott on March 21, 1947, in Morganfield, Ky., and she preceded him in death on June 29, 1994. He was a retired farmer and oilfield rough neck.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Revs. Robert Abbott and Robert Sefried officiating. Burial will follow at Brush Harbor Cemetery, McLeansboro. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Carroll is survived by three daughters, Ruth Ann Mayberry and husband Ronnie of West Columbia, S.C., Janet Herrin of Norris City and Tammy Chambliss and husband Tim of Wayne City; two sons, Curtis Draper and wife Nancy of Albrightsville, Penn. and Amos Draper and wife Carolyn of McLeansboro; 15 grandchildren, Julie Ingle, Jeff Mayberry, Craig Draper, Sarah Draper, Carrie McPeak, Crissy Draper, Vanessa Spain, Michael Draper, Levi Draper, Larry Wiggins III, James Wiggins, Kevin Herrin, Autumn Herrin, Clinton Chambliss and Jake Chambliss; 20 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Herb Draper of Ash Flat, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Sam Draper; and one sister.
Carroll was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, attended Hopewell Baptist Church in McLeansboro and Opdyke Baptist Church in Opdyke.
[31 December 2007, Mt. Vernon Register-News - Donated by Jerry Lee Williams]
Morris Draper, Joseph D. Scott and Franklin Hardin
From the Brush Creek letter dated Sep. 20, 1869: "Three men have died since Friday last - Joseph D. Scott, Franklin Hardin and Morris Draper. The two former died of consumption. Draper died rather suddenly. He was a soldier during four years of the rebellion, and belonged to Co. F, of the 11th Missouri Regiment. In death a beloved wife mourns the loss of an affectionate husband, a beautiful boy mourns the loss of a kind and indulgent father." [Wayne County Press, September 30, 1869]
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Boze
After weeks of suffering Mrs. Burt Duckworth passed away at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Boze, at about 5 o'clock, A. M. on last Thursday morning. While the worst has been feared for some time, the eternal hope that springs up in human hearts kept alive the thought of the possibility of her recovery. Every thing that loving hearts and kindly ministering could do to relieve the suffering was done. With flickering hopes that came and went as the patient's condition changed, the physicians, the near ones and the friends kept up the fight against the dread monster, but all to no purpose, and the end finally came, relieving the dear one from the suffering and pain which has been her portion for such a long time. Mrs. Duckworth was born and reared in this city, and had friends by the score in every walk of life. Her bright, cheery and kindly manner had endeared her to all with whom she came in close contact, and the fact that Carrie Boze-Duckworth has gone, will leave this community a more dreary place in which to live. In every niche in life she played her part to the full, having been a dutiful and kindly daughter, an attentive and affectionate wife, a loving sister, a loyal friend and a devoted worker in the church of her choice, and the memory of her pleasing voice will long remain with those who were so long used to hearing it in the choir of her church. After a brave struggle for life, covering weeks, she went to join the little one for whom she gave her life in vain.
The funeral service was held at the Christian Church on Sunday afternoon, and, in spite of the inclemency of the weather, a vast throng was present to pay their last tribute of love and respect, for the deceased, and to show their sympathy for the bereaved ones. The services was in charge of the pastor. Rev. L. F. Sargent, assisted by Rev. C. E. Morgan, who read the lesson, and Rev. B. S. Kello, who made the opening prayer. Music was rendered by the choir, a duet by Miss Corine Jessop and Mrs. Nell Sprague and a solo by Miss Jessop. Rev. Sargent's remarks were devoted to pointing out the consolation which might come to the bereaved, and were very appropriate and consoling. The floral display was one of the largest ever seen in this city, showing the appreciation in which the deceased was held in the community, and displaying, at the same time, the appreciation of the public toward the members of the family for the many kindnesses shown by them in times of trouble. The members of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodges were present in a body, and after the services one of the largest funeral processions ever passing through the city, followed the remains to tlie last resting place in Slocumb cemetery. Among those present from a distance were, Mrs. David Tipton and daughter, Miss Letha, of La Porte, Ind, Mrs. D. C. Day, of Little York, IL, C. B. Rice and Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Rice, of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Emil Camp, of East St Louis, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Foster, Miss Luella Rice and Rev. and Mrs. B. S. Kello, of Enneld, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kello, and two sons of Cisne, Mr. and Mrs. J. D.. Reinhard, of Mt. Carmel, Mrs. F. A. Smith, of Howell, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Dalty Mason, of Albion. The following is the obituary read by Rev. I. F. Sargent, at the funeral services:
Carrie May Boze, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Roze, was born in Fairfied on the 6th day of March, 1893 and departed this life on the 14th day of April. 1921, at about the hour of 5 o'clock a.m., aged 28 years 1 month and 8 days. She was married on the 4th day of April, 1920, to Mr. Bart Duckworth, and during the short married life developed the characteristics indicating the true devoted wife. She united with the Christian Church of this city when a young girl and all through her lifetime lived faithfully and loyally for her Church and her God. For many years, ever since her girlhood, she filled her place in the choir of her church and the pleasing tones of her clear voice will be sadly missed there. Her long, lingering illness, with all of its accompanying pain and suffering, only the more clearly brought out the patience and gentleness of character with which she was endowed, and the brave struggle she made for life clearly demonstrated her great courage.
The deceased had lived all of her lifetime here, and is probably as well known as any person of her age in the city. She possessed the happy faculty of being able to remember everyone she met, and at no time would she fail to pleasantly speak to all with whom she came in contact. In her school life she formed friendships with all those associated with her, and she valued and retained those friends until the last. To meet her was a pleasure, for it was her way to greet her friends and acquaintances with a smile, and, if the opportunity offered, to say some pleasant word. A marked characteristic of her life was that she was not known to say an unkind thing of anyone, and while she never put it in words, yet her motto seemed to be to say nothing of anyone, unless it was something kind. She leaves behind her a devoted husband, a very tender and loving, father and mother, a loving brother and sister and an unnumbered host of friends. [Donated by Mary Jackson]
Wesley Durnall, an old and highly respected citizen of Arrington, died at his home, about three weeks since………. [Wayne County Press, October 14, 1875]
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