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Bernard H. Eckleberry
Young Man Meets Terrible Death 
Kick of Mule Proves Fatal After Several Days of Suffering 
On December 19th, Bernard Herchel Eckleberry, 13 year old boy, was kicked by a mule, which caused his death on December 25, 1922 .  Lockjaw resulted from the injuries received.  The deceased was a son of Charles Eckleberry, and was born January 18, 1909, making him at the time of death 13 years, 11 months and 7 days old. 
His mother and one baby brother have proceeded him in death.  A father, two brothers and one sister remain to mourn his regretted departure.  They have the sympathy of their many relatives and friends in this sad loss, but are borne up by the knowledge that their loss is Heaven’s gain, and that Bernard is at home in his mother’s arms, for he was a good boy, obedient and considerate at home and in school.  The funeral services were held at Geff Tuesday, December 26th, followed by burial in the Lappin cemetery near that place.
[Donated by Marylea Gazette]



Daisy V. Eckleberry
Daisy Viola Green, daughter of John and Emma Green, was born Jan 1, 1884, near Fairfield, Wayne County, IL.  She was married to Chas. Eckleberry on Oct 14, 1906; departed this life on Apr 16, 1920 at the age of 36 years, 3 months &  16 days.  She leaves to mourn their loss a loving husband, Charles Eckleberry, 6 children, one dying in infancy.  Those living are Bernard, Kelly, Carroll, Mildred and little Ross:  a mother Mrs. Emmer Schell, 2 sisters, Mrs. David Smith of St Louis, MO., Mrs. Roy Ellis of Forrest, IL, 5 brothers, Thomas R, Hygiene, CO, Olof, of St Louis, Frank and Elbie, both of Almyra, AR, and Ira of Fairfield, IL, also a host of other relatives and friends.  She was taken to St Louis on Feb 12th and placed in the city hospital.  Funeral was held at the L.D.S. Church on Tues morning at 11 a.m. services were in charge of Rev. Danniels.  Interment in the Lappin Cemetery, Wayne County, IL
[Donated by Marylea Gazette]

 
Memorial Card
Mrs. Ray Eckleberry
b. 21 April 1917 at Wayne Co, IL
d. 13 Dec 1984 in Fairfield, IL
services held at : Nale's Funeral Home Sunday, 16 Dec 1984 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev. Charles Dampeer
concluding services: Victory Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]


Minnie E. Edwards
In Loving Memory of MINNIE ETHEL EDWARDS
August 7, 1880 - September 26, 1980
Richardson Funeral Home; Wayne City Illinois;  September 30, 1980
Minnie Ethel Edwards, daughter of Malon Smith and Elizabeth (Whitson) Smith, was born in Sims, Illinois on August 27, 1880.  She was one of eleven children and the last one remaining of their family.  In March 1906 she was married to Elijah D. Edwards, who died in 1916.  They were bless with seven children and Elijah brought two young daughters into the family whom she raised as her own. The death of her husband left Ethel with a family to raise alone at the age of 36.
They moved from Sims to Centralia, Illinois, so that she might better provide for them and also give them broader opportunities.  After the children were grown she moved to Chicago to be near them and her grandchildren. Since 1977 she had lived in California and in August of 1980 had celebrated her 100th Birthday with 37 members of the family at the home of her daughter Mrs. Basil M. Gaynor, where she remained until the time of her death on September 26. “Mom” truly exemplified the description of a “Virtuous Woman” as outlined in Proverbs 31:10-31.  Her life was poured out in full measure for her family to whom she was always a tower of strength and wisdom.  Today, we, her children and grandchildren “rise up and call her blessed.”  She was truly a Great Lady we would be proud to emulate.
“Mom” leaves a deep void in the lives of those she touched.  She leaves 4 daughters and 1 step-daughter:  Mrs. Gladys Baurer, Mrs. Eloise Cunningham, Mrs. Wilena Gaynor, Mrs. Lorelei Eberhart and Mrs. Blanche Tabor;  her son Glen preceded her in death just 6  months ago and leaves daughter-in-law Mrs. Eula (Simmons) Edwards;  12 grandchildren:  Fred Baurer, Gretchen (Baurer) Cochran, Edwin A. Cunningham, Allan S. Cunningham, Basil Gaynor, Lee Gaynor, Wm. B. Phillips, Marcella (Tabor) Felton, Juanita (Tabor) Punchard, Harry Joe, Charles and Everett Tabor;  32 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  3 children (Carl, Ruth and Glen) and a step-daughter (Daisy) preceded her in death.
[Donated by Bob Jones]

 
Nora Belle Edwards
Nora Belle Edwards of Sims died at her home about 12:10 p.m. Sunday, November 7.  She had been in failing health for the past two years, but yet her death was unexpected and a shock to loved ones and many friends.
She was the daughter of William and Mary Smith and was born near Sims Feb. 15, 1886.  She departed this life at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 20 days.She was united in marriage to S.L. Edwards April 19, 1903, and to this union two children were born.
She leaves to mourn her departure her devoted husband;  the two children, Leo Edwards of Mill Shoals and Louise at home;  one loving daughter-in-law, Gussie and one grand-son, Kenneth.  She also leaves four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Laura Walker of Cureall, Mrs. Ellen Burkett of Benton, Mrs. Guss Jones and Mrs. Grace Gregg, of Sims, J. D. Smith of Davenport, Iowa, and Fred Smith of Pleasant Plains, and a host of other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior in early life and united with the Sims General Baptist church some forty years ago. Belle always had a good word and handshake for everyone and always enjoyed life wherever she was.  She will be sadly missed in her home, church and Sunday school, where she was a faithful teacher of the Young Ladies S. S. class for many years.  But to the bereaved ones we can say, weep not as those who have no hope.  She has gone to that home that Jesus said He had gone to prepare for those who love and serve Him and she left this world shouting His praises with her last breath.
            Gone, dear mother, gone forever,
            How we miss your smiling face,
            But you left us to remember
            None on earth can take your place.
            A happy home we once enjoyed,
            How sweet the memory still,
            But death has left a loneliness
            The world can never fill.
           
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. from the Sims General Baptist church with the Rev. Ora McRill in charge, assisted by the Rev. Arthur McRill.  Interment was in Pin Oak cemetery.
 
Card of Thanks -- To the friends and neighbors for the many kind expression of sympathy during our recent bereavement we extend our heartfelt thanks.     The Edwards Family
[Donated by Bob Jones] 

Charles G. Elliott
DIED. -In Leech township, Wayne County, at the residence of his parents, Thomas W. and Phoebe Elliott, after a severe illness, Charles G. Elliott, aged 24 years, 1 month and 6 days.  [Wayne County Press, April 29, 1875]

Charles Granville Elliott
Charles Granville Elliott, son of Thomas W. and Phoebe Elliott, was born in Kenton County, Kentucky, March 18th, 1851 and removed with his parents to Wayne County, Illinois, May 6th, 1862, where he made his home until the time of his death, April 24th, 1875. Charlie, as he was familiarly called, was the fourth child of his parents, having five brothers and three sisters, all of whom, together with his parents, survive him. Was buried in Albion Cemetery.  (lengthy article) [Wayne County Press, May 6, 1875]

James Elliot, Sr.
Mr. James Elliot, Sr., living, in the North East corner of our country was killed on the 22nd of January by the falling of a tree which he had been chopping down. [Wayne County Press, February 5, 1874]


Barbara Davis Ellzey

Barbara Ellzey

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 manhood 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]



Frank L. Ellzey
FRANK ELLZEY DIES AT JOHNSONVILLE
Frank L. Ellzey, 64, a Johnsonville farmer, died Wed morning, January 8, 1958, at his home in that community after an extended illness.  A native of the Johnsonville vicinity, Mr. Ellzey had returned to that community 16 years ago after residing in the northern part of the state for a number of years.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday from DeSelms Funeral Home in Cisne, with Bro. George McClaskey officiating.  Interment will be in Johnsonville cemetery.  The body will be at the funeral home until the funeral hour.
Mr. Ellzey was born April 27, 1893, at Johnsonville, the son of Milford Ellzey & Julia Etta Alvis Ellzey.  Surviving are his wife, the former Pearl Stine who he married Jan 5, 1915, and one daughter, Mrs. Roy (Vivian) Anderson of Cambridge; one grand child and one brother, Earl of Glencoe, MO
[Donated by Marylea Gazette] 

Memorial Card
John R. Ewing
b. 7 Feb 1919 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 25 Dec 1988 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Wednesday, 28 Dec 1988 at 1 p.m.
minister: Rev. Raymond Watson
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]


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