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Dr. A. P. Painter
Dr. A. P. Painter departed this life on the 5th inst. at the age of 35 years 9 mo. and 23 days.  He embraced religion and joined the M.E. Church five years ago last winter. . . . . In death our country has lost a patriotic citizen, the union party one of its best men, the church one of its brightest members, his aged parents, their last child, his children a kind father, and his wife an affectionate husband. . [War Democrat, April 14, 1864]



Memorial Card
John Dean Paul
b. 28 Dec 1960 in Fairfield, IL
d. 10 July 1990 in Gulf of Mexico
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Saturday, 14 July 1990 at 2 p.m.
ministers: Rev. Roger Ash -- Rev. Kim Musgrave
concluding services: Victory Cemetery
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home


John Dean Paul
Funeral services for John Dean Paul, 29 yr, a former Wayne County boy, were conducted from the Johnson Chapel Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Roger Ash and Rev. Kim Musgrave officiating. Interment was in Victory cemetery west of Fairfield.
He was the son of Carolyn Brown of Boyleston. John Dean Paul worked in the Gulf of Mexico aboard a shrimp boat and reportedly drowned Tuesday afternoon, July 10, 1990, while swimming from one boat to another. He was born in Fairfield Dec 28, 1960, the son of Charles and Carolyn Musgrave Paul. Surviving are his mother, Carolyn Brown of Boyleston; three brothers, Ron Paul of Florida; Frank Paul of Fairfield; and Walid Habbas of Morton; and one sister, Deonna Habbas of Morton.

[Donated by Marlene Olson]


Samuel C. Pendleton
Samuel C. Pendleton died at his home seven miles south of Fairfield on Thursday, November 11th, at the age of sixty-three years, eleven months and thirteen days………… [Wayne County Press, November 18, 1875]


Pirley Pennington
DIES IN OLNEY
Pirley Pennington, aged 38, well-known Fairfield resident passed away at a nurse’s home in Olney Saturday (May 29 1943). His death terminated a lingering illness of more than three years, during which time he has undergone a number of operations. He suffered from a cancer of the intestine, and his condition has grown more serious gradually. For the past several months he has suffered much with no hopes for recovery, just waiting for the end. During this period many Fairfield people have written him letters and visited him in an effort to give him a little sunshine. He has been at the home of his nurse in Olney for about three months. Pirley was a son of the late E_ec and Amanda Pennington, and was born August 22, 1904 in Berry township. He was a member of the General Baptist Church, from which funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at two o’clock, with Rev. Art McRill officiating, assisted by Rev. Guy Roney. Interment was in Maple Hill cemetery. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Chloe Smith of El Paso, Texas. His parents and one brother preceded him in death.
[Submitted by Peg Jones]


Fidelia Pettyjohn
DIED, June 24th, after a lingering and painful illness, Fidelia, wife of John Pettyjohn, of Bedford township, Wayne County. [Wayne County Press, June 29, 1871]


Stewart Phelps
Stewart Phelps, died last week, 35 hours after an accidental shooting. Fairfield Lodge No. 206, A. F. & A. M. had Resolutions of Respect published in the memory of Isaac Sailor. [Wayne County Press, November 19, 1874]


Laura Pierce
Miss Laura Pierce, sister of Mr. Thos. O. Pierce, of Xenia, died at her brother's residence on Saturday morning last, October 23rd, of typhoid fever, aged twenty-eight years… [Wayne County Press, October 28, 1875]


Pitcher (infant)
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Pitcher died on Tuesday last. [Wayne County Press, August 20, 1874]


Joseph P. Pittman
Joseph P. PITTMAN Dies AT DANVILLE:
Well known Wayne County Citizen Passes Away at the National Soldiers Home.
Joseph P. Pittman, one of Wayne county's oldest and best known men, died at the Soldiers' Home at Danville, last Wednesday, September 17th, 1919. He had gone to the Home a couple of weeks previous. He has been a sufferer from heart trouble and other afflictions incident to old age, and his death was not unexpected. His stepson, R. L. Filson, of Arthur, Ill. with whom Mrs. Pittman was visiting at the time, went to Danville, and brought the body to this city arriving Thursday morning. The remains were taken to the Haefele Undertaking Parlors where a short funeral service was conducted by Elder R. A. Thisbos pastor of the Christian church, after which the burial took place in the Maple Hill cemetery. The following sketch of the deceased was read at the funeral: Joseph Pinkney Pittman was born in Robinson county, Tenn., in 1844. His father, Martin Pittman, and his mother, Achsah Farmer, were from North Carolin, with some other families crossed into Tennessee about 1812. Martin Pittman was an unique character, having some reputation as a crack-shot with a rifle, and was generally chief cook at barbecues. He was a handy man, being proficient workman at tempering edged tools and doing all kinds of wood and iron work, mill-wright work, etc. Joseph Pittman was one of 14 children, 7 girls and 7 boys as follows: James, Ann, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Piety, Martin, Susan, Joseph, Nancy, Thomas, Axim, one infant. The deceased was the 10th child, having outlived all brothers and sisters some 10 years.
Joseph grew to manhood on the farm in Tennessee and in 1862 came north to Illinois. In 1863 he enlisted in the U. S. Army, serving until the close of the war. He was honorably discharged in April 1865. On Aug. 6th he married Mary Frances Jordan, to whom was born 10 Children as follows: Lelah P. Garrison, of Westlock, Canada: Victor C. Pittman, Rinard: Ralph C.Pittman, Flora: Almira E. Farris, Fairfield: Geneva Babcock, of Clay City, (now deceased); Vincent V. Pittman, Selma, Calif: Ivy Hanson, Sacramento, Calif., the remaining children having passed away in infancy. Joseph Pittman was a hard working, upright citizen who always tried to pay his obligations. He was a natural enemy to vice, and especially gambling and games of chance. He lost his mate, Mary Frances, February 7th, 1904, and again married in 1907 to Mrs. Nettie Filson of Xenia. He moved to Fairfield in 1908 where he resided until his passing away. Some time in February, he had a stroke of paralysis, and since that time had been unable to walk but still hoped for some improvement, and filially, thought that he could be benefited at the Soldiers' Sanitarium. About two weeks ago he was taken to Danville where he passed beyond, Wednesday, September 17th at 3:00 o'clock a.m. He leaves to mourn, a wife, five children, twenty-eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Card of Thanks- I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to the kind friends and good neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown me in my recent bereavement. MRS. NETTIE PITTMAN
[Donated by Roger Ball - Comments by Roger Ball- He was born in Robertson County, TN.]



Wayne Pittman
Wayne Pittman, 73, of Rt. 1 Rinard died at 7:48 a.m. Saturday 13, 1994 at his home. He had been in declining health. He retired as Region Clerk at Trunkline Gas in 1978. He also had served as a substitute mail carrier at Cisne and Rinard for 11 years.
Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, with burial in Bunker Cemetery at Rinard. Visitation will be 6 to 8 Monday (tonight). There will be full military rites at the cemetery. He was born Oct. 6 , 1920 at Rinard, the son of Lester and Agnes Pittman. On august 7th 1945 at clay City, he was married to Majorie Harrington. Mr. Pittman was a member of the Gunion Christian church near Cisne, the Cisne American Legion, and the Flora VFW. He was a world War II veteran. His parents preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Edwin, of Baltwin, Mo.; and Vernon of Rinard, one daughter, Mrs. Bob (Shirley) Purcell of Murphysboro; one brother, Carlyn Pittman of Rinard;four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
[Wayne County Press, 15 August 1994 - Submitted by Verla Morris. Note: Wayne Pittman, grandson of Joshua Taylor Dickey]

John Plumly
John Plumly, who was stabbed by Geo. Taylor, saloon keeper, died at Springerton, March 30th. [Wayne County Press, April 8, 1875]


Memorial Card
Mrs. Violet Lucille Porter
b.4 July 1924 in Indianapolis, IND.
d. 31 March 1971 in Fairfield, ILL.
services held at: Nale's Funeral Home on Saturday, 3 April 1971 at 2 p.m.
officiating: Rev Charles Cralley
assisted by: Rev Glen Thomason
Concluding Services: Richland Cemetery.

Mrs. Lucille Porter, 46 yr, of Fairfield, IL died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday in Fairfield Memorial Hospital. The housewife had been a patient since 24 March , but it is not known what caused her death. She was a resident of the High Rise Apartments, after living many years on South Sixth Street. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Nales Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Calley officiating , and assisted by Rev Glenn Thomason. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral home after 5 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Porter was born on 4 July 1924, in Indianapolis, IND, the daughter of Herbert and Nellie Bracken. She is survived by three sons, Clarence and James of Fairfield; and Butch, of Mt. Vernon; five grandchildren; two brothers, Claudie Ralston, of Geff, and Jake Ralston, of Fairfield.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]


George Posey
DIED, George Posey, of Jasper, died January 27th ... [Wayne County Press, February 4, 1875]


George W. and Jacob Powell
The funeral services of George W. and Jacob Powell, who fell at the siege of Ft. Donelson, will be held at Union school-house on the 1st Sunday in July next. [Prairie Pioneer, June 18, 1863]


Levi Powell
FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday the 24th, Mr. Levi Powell living near Pleasant Grove, was fatally injured by a fall from a tree ... He was so severely injured that he died the following Friday. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, October 3, 1867]


Sallie Powell
DIED, on the morning of April 2nd, Little Sallie, daughter of Andrew J. and Synthia Powell, aged 2 years, 8 months and 17 days. . . [Wayne County Press, April 9, 1874]


Willie Powell
DIED.- Little Willie, son of Andrew and Cynthia Powell, April 23rd, 1874, aged one year and five days. [Wayne County Press, May 7, 1874]


Ransom Powers
Ransom Powers, step-son of Johnson Young, living six miles west of Fairfield, was shot and killed on Sunday afternoon last. [Wayne County Press, July 27, 1871]


Sarah A. Pursell
DEATH OF MRS. PURSELL
(Died Nov. 26, 1949 Wayne 48024)
Mrs. Sarah A. Pursell, 87, widow of the late William J. Pursell, passed away Saturday at the home of her son, Ed Pursell at 906 West Center Street. She had been in failing health for some time.
Funeral services were held at Ellen Moore Methodist church Tuesday by her former pastor, Rev. W.E. Shaeffer, assisted by Rev. Ruth Martin. Burial was in Maple Hill cemetery. Sarah A. Shrum, daughter of John and Elizabeth Shrum, was born September 13th, 1862 near Belle Rive, the eldest of a large family. All preceded her in death. She was married to Douglas Burgin in early life and to this union, one son Ross, was born. He died in childhood. Mr. Burgin preceded him. In 1889 she was again united in marriage to Wm. J. Pursell and to this union three children were born, Edward, of Fairfield, who survives; Nellie, dying at the age of 12 years, also a baby girl, deceased. Sarah was converted in young womanhood and joined the Long Prairie church, later moving her membership to the Ellen Moore Methodist church where she attended regularly until her health failed. Mr. Pursell preceded her in death in 1923 and most of the time since, she made her home with her son, Ed. Besides her son, Ed and wife, she leaves four grand children, Freda Warren of Redding, Calif., Wilburn Pursell of Rockford, Ill., Reta Stahl, of Flora, Ill., and Alta Dulaney of Flora; 7 great grandchildren, also 2 step-sons, P.O. Pursell and W.C. Pursell both of Calif., and one step-daughter, Erlie Carothers, of Ohio, whom she cared for as her own.
CARD OF THANKS
The family wishes to express their thanks to their neighbors
and friends for their kindness in this hour of bereavement.
THE FAMILY
[William James Pursell died Sept. 21, 1923 Big Mound #960164 re: State data base - Submitted by Peg Jones]



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