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Almira W. Sabine
Mrs. Almira W. Sabine, wife of Rev. C.W. Sabine, who resides three miles north of Olney, died last Friday night, and her little infant daughter breathed its last on Saturday morning [Wayne County Press, August 26, 1875]

Memorial Card
Shirley Sager
b. 14 May 1886 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 5 Aug 1962 in Wayne Co, IL
Services held from: Nale's Funeral Home on Thursday, 9 August 1962 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev. J.W. Reed
concluding service: Richland Cemetery.

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Isaac C. Sailor
Died, at his residence in Fairfield, Sunday, November 15th, 1874, Isaac C. Sailor, aged 57 years, 9 months and 25 days. Mr. Sailor was one of our oldest citizens, having removed to Fairfield in 1844, and since resided here … [Wayne County Press, November 19, 1874]

Lucetta Sailor
DIED, at her residence in Fairfield, December 4th, 1874, Mrs. Lucetta Sailor, aged fifty-four years, nine months and nineteen days. But a few days previous to her last illness Mrs. Sailor was sadly bereaved by the loss of her loving husband ... [Wayne County Press, December 10, 1874]

John M. Schell
John Milton SCHELL, son of Henry and Mary Shell was born in Monroe County, Ohio, Nov. 9 1844. He moved to Illinois with his parents when six years of age. From that time until his death, which occurred Wednesday October 25, 1926 he has made his home on the old homestead in Berry Township. He was never married. Was the second child in a family of thirteen children and is survived by four brothers namely; Samuel, Jacob and Thomas of this community and George of Wausaugee, Wisconsin, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Vaughn with whom he had made his home for many years…….Internment was in the Cairens cemetery.”  
[Wayne County Record, November 4, 1926 - Donated by Peg Jones]

Robert Schell
Died at his Residence near Fairfield, on Wednesday, Nov. 24th 1869, Robert Schell, aged 58 years, 6 months, and 23 days. Mr. Schell was born in Fredrick County, Virginia on May 1st 1811. From the age of 21 years until his death he was an active member of the M. E. Church. During the late war he did good service as Captain of Company M, 5th Illinois Cavalry. The hardships incident to his army life so destroyed his health that since his discharge he was but a wreck of his former self. Mr. Schell had lived in our town and vicinity for the past 19 years, and was known and respected by the entire community…(Exc erpted from longer story) [Wayne County Press, December 2, 1869]

Mary Schumann

Mary, daughter of Franz and Mary Elizabeth (Barth) Schumann, was born in Marietta, O., August 5, 1876 In childhood, she, with her parents, moved to Illinois, living in Cisne where she resided until the time of her death October 3, 1949, at the age of 73 years, one month and 28 days. Mary was of a loving disposition. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, three brothers, and one sister. She leaves to mourn her departure two sisters, Emma Schumann and Louise Snow; two nieces, one nephew, and two sister-in-law.

Funeral services were conducted from the family residence on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, by the Rev. W.E. Courtright, assisted by the Rev. Edward Watson, with interment in the family lot of the Cisne cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank very kindly every one who assisted in any way during the illness and death of our sister
Emma Schumann --- Louise Snow
[Wayne County Press, October, 1949 - Donated by Peg Jones]

Jean Schwing
LODA - Jean Schwing, 63, of rural Loda died at 10:18 a.m. yesterday (March 3, 1990) at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ford_Baier Funeral home, Paxton, the Revs. Larry Manship and David Burnette officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. She was born July 1, 1926, in Wayne City, a daughter of Robert and Edna CLOSE Cork. She married Louis "Bud" Schwing, Sept. 25, 1943, in Elgin. He died June 21, 1983. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Pilkington, Paxton, and Jackie Howe, Watseka; two sons, Louis, Fisher and Larry, Paxton; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Burlan, Delmar, Verisal, Omer and Ray Cork, all of the Chicago areas; and two sisters, Karen Stephens, Campbell, Ala., and Diana Hamn, Kirkland. She was preceded in death by her parents. A housewife, Mrs. Schwing attended country schools.
(The Pantagraph Bloomington, Illinois March 4, 1990 - Donated by Sharon Pilkington).

Louis E. Schwing
PAXTON - Louis Edward "Bud" Schwing Jr. 60, a tool and Die maker for Switchcraft Inc. died at 7 p.m. Tuesday (June 21, 1983) at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, where he had been a patient for two days. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Larry Manship officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Schwing was born April 13, 1923, at lawrenceberg, Ind. a son of Louis Edward and Rosa Schwing. he married Jean M. Close in 1943 in Elgin. She survives. Also surviving are his mother in Lawrenceburg, two sons, Louis Edward "Bomber" Schwing III, Fisher, and Larry James Schwing rural Paxton; two daughters, Sharon Pilkington and Jackie Howe, both of Paxton, five sisters and 11 grandchildren.
(The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Il. June 23, 1983 donated by Sharon Pilkington).

[infant] Scott
On Wednesday evening, December 9th, an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Scott. [Wayne County Press, December 17, 1874]

John Scott
We regret to learn of the death of Mr. John Scott, of Scottsville, in this county. Mr. Scott died of consumption on Tuesday evening last. He was buried with Masonic honors yesterday at 4 o'clock, P. M. [Wayne County Press, June 11, 1869]

Joseph D. Scott, Franklin Hardin and Morris Draper
From the Brush Creek letter dated Sep. 20, 1869: "Three men have died since Friday last - Joseph D. Sc ott, 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]

Memorial Card
Randal G. Scott
b. 28 April 1891 in Fairfield, IL
d. 2 March 1930 in Wayne Co, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel Wednesday, 1 May 1991 at 1 p.m.
minister: Rev Allen Hurt
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery.
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

William Scott
Wm. Scott, a youth of about fifteen, son of Mrs. John Scott of Scottsville jumped into the river and drowned August 7th, 1875. [Wayne County Press, August 26, 1875]

Bluford Scrivner
DIED, near Middleton Bluford Scrivner, of cholera morbus, September 3rd, 1874, leaving a wife, one child. . . [Wayne County Press, September 10, 1874]

Seton Senter
Seton Senter's wife was buried on the 2nd - T. R. Senter's wife a few days before.  Joel Mabry's child died on the 3rd……… [Wayne County Press, October 21, 1875]

Ruth Shadwell
Mrs. Ruth (Shreve) Shadwell, 82 yr, of Anaheim, Calif., formerly of Wayne City, died Dec. 11, 2004 in California. Services were held Dec 15, in Cypress, Calif.  She was a homemaker. Ruth was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Lydia Shreve of Wayne City.  She married George Shadwell in Hamm ond, Indiana, in February of 1942.  He preceded her in death in 2000. Survivors include a son, Charles (Katie) Shadwell, California; a daughter, Ruth Ann McFadden, California; several grand- children and great-grandchildren, also from Calif.;  one sister, Doris King of Wayne City; and one brother, Ruben Shreve of Fairfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, one sister and one brother.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

[Infant] Shaeffer
The infant child of David T. and Ella Shaeffer died at 7 o'clock P. M. Monday last, and was buried at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon…… [Wayne County Press - October 30, 1874]

Roxa Shaffer
Mrs. Roxa Shaffer, wife of John Shaffer, was buried yesterday. She leaves a husband, four children ... [Wayne County Press, February 18, 1875]

John Duncan Shaw

John D. Shaw , son of William and Sarah Shaw was born December 9 th, 1868; departed this life March 28th, 1930, at 11:20 P.M. age 61 years, 3 months and 16 days.
He was united in marriage to Laura A. Smothers, October 25th, 1890.  To this union were born five children.  Three boys and two girls, Jesse L. of  Roscoe, Wisconsin, Ora M. Burkett, of Jefferson County, Lula E. Grubb, Orchardville, Roy W. of Fairfield and Burl G. at home. He also had 18 grandchild, one brother Charles W. Shaw of Keenes, one sister Sarah Westfall of Kansas City, to mourn his departure. Three grandchildren having preceded him in death.
He professed faith in Christ early in life and joined the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and remained a devoted member to the end. He bore his suffering patiently having been bed fast for the past 19 weeks.  For the last two weeks he often expressed his willingness and readiness to go to his home in the great beyond. He was a devoted husband and kind father.  He will be greatly missed in the home and community. Funeral services were held at Bailey Church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock by Rev. R. H. Henson.
Card of Thanks.
We wish to express our heart felt thanks for the kindness and sympathy shown by our friends and neighbors through the long illness and death of our beloved father and husband.
[Wayne Co. Press, March 1938 - Donated by Marlene Olson]

William W. Shaw
Wm. W. Shaw, one of the oldest citizens of our county, died at his home two miles south of Fairfield, on Saturday, Sept. 11th, at a ripe old age.  He was widely known and respected. [Wayne County Press, October 14, 1875]

Mary Shehorn
Passed Away At Daughter's Home in Berry Township Friday Morning
Mrs Mary Shehorn, 91, a lifetime Wayne county resident died about 8:30 Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Loa Finley in Berry township following an extended illness. She was the widow of Thomas J. Shehorn. Funeral services were conducted from Bailey church Sunday afternoon with Rev. R. O. Leach in charge. Interment was in Bailey cemetery.  The Crippin Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Mary Leota, daughter of John and Mary Jane Weaver was born in Wayne County August 14th, 1867. She grew to womanhood and spent her life in and near the vicinity of her birth. In her youth she was converted to Christ and united with the Arrington Prairie General Baptist church, where she retained her membership throughout her life. She was married to Thomas J. Shehorn August 14th, 1887 with six children born to this union.  One child died in infancy and a son, Fred died in March 1931.  Her husband passed away April 30th, 1939. Surviving are three sons Albert of Fairfield, Clarence of Cisne; and John of Orchard township; one daughter, Nora, wife of Loa Finley, of Berry township; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
 [W ayne County Press - May 18, 1959 - Donated by Peg Jones]

Thomas J. Shehorn

Well Known Fairfield Resident Had Been in Failing Health For Some
Thomas J. Shehorn well-known and respected Fairfield resident passed away about three o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Olney sanitarium, following an illness with Bright's disease and heart trouble. Mr. Shehorn had been in failing health for some time.  A week ago he was taken to the hospital but his condition failed to improve. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at the Bailey church, north of Wayne City, by Rev. R. O. Leach, of this city. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Shehorn for many years, was one of Wayne county's most successful farmers.  About sixteen years ago he retired from farm work and move d to Fairfield.  He has served as the president of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company here for many years. Thomas Jefferson, son of Benjamin F. and Angeline Shehorn, was born in Wayne County, May 26, 1866. His life has been spent in and near the vicinity of his birth, where he engaged in farming and stock raising. He was well and favorably known throughout the county and was one of Wayne County's substantial citizens.  For the past seven teen years he has lived in Fairfield.
In early manhood he was converted during a revival conducted by Rev. Thomas Farmer and united with the Arrington Prairie General Baptist church.  He has remained a faithful member of this congregation throughout his life.
August 14, 1887, he was united in marriage with Mary L. Weaver. Six children were born to this union, two of whom preceded their father in death one little son having died in infancy and another son, Fred, died March 15, 1931.
He recently went to the Olney Sanitarium for treatment.  He entered into rest Sunday afternoon, April 30, 1939, age 72 years, 11 months and 4 days. He is survived by his companion, three sons, Albert Clarence and John; one daughter, Mrs. Loa Finley, all of Wayne County; one brother, Arthur, three sisters, Lizzie Malone, Amanda Pennington and Matilda Weaver,  (couldn't make the number out) grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
[Wayne Co Press, May 4, 1939 - Donated by Peg Jones]

Bernie S. Shell
Bernie S. Shell, 84, of Mt. Vernon, died at 10:35 p.m. Friday at Jeffersonian Nursing Home. He was a retired farmer and a World War II army veteran. Mr. Shell was born in Wayne County January 7, 1896, the son of Mark and Ellen (Terry) Shell, who preceded him in death. On December 24, 1920, in Hamilton County he married Beatrice Shelton, who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ and of the Disabled Veterans Association. Funeral services will be Monday at the Hughey Funeral Home with J. Howard Kraps and Lester Shell officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Survivors include two sons; Lester Shell of Jackson Ga. and Bob Shell of Mt. Vernon; one daughter Beulah Sanders of Mt. Vernon; three brothers Floyd Shell of McLeansboro, and Roy and Raymond Shell, both of Muncie, Indiana; one sister Mrs. Esther Favors also of Muncie, Indiana; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
[Register News, September 27, 1980, Mt. Vernon, Illinois. - Unknown Contributor]

Etta Shell
Etta Shell, 93, of Wayne City and late of Mt. Vernon Care center died 11:25 a. m. April 14, 1989 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. Mrs. Shell was a housewife. She was born June 8, 1895, in Wayne County, a daughter of Cloyd and Lucy (Hansbrough) Lane. August 31, 1913 she married Guy Shell who died February 22, 1971. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with Rev. Rod Farthing officiating. Burial will be in Thomason Cemetery. Mrs. Shell is survived by one son Nolan Shell of Wayne City; one daughter, Mary Lavern Witter of Wayne City; one grandson Marshall Lynn Witter of Wyle Texas; and two great-grandsons. Mrs. Shell was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one infant son. [The Register News, Sunday April 15, 1989.]

Floyd M. Shell
Born January 23, 1898, Wayne County Illinois, died April 23 1984, in a hospital in McLeansboro; son of Marcus & Ellen Terry Shell. Married Vera Hood August 17, 1921 died; leaves Lowell Shell of Milwaukee WI. daughter Lois Morris of McLeansboro; 2 half-brothers Roy Shell & Raymond Shell both of Muncie, Ind. Half-sister Ester Favors of Muncie, Ind. 1 daughter died Vernadeen Johnson; interred Mt. Olive Cemetery.  [Times-Leader, April 26, 1984.... Legacy of Kin II p1200 1984-165 - Unknown Contributor]

Guy R. Shell

A 77-year old Wayne City man Guy Raymond Shell, died at 8 p.m. Monday at his home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Richardson's Funeral Chapel in Wayne City with Rev. Joe Bob Pierce officiating. Burial was in Thomason Cemetery. The Wayne County native was born on September 4, 1893, the son of Douglas and Sarah Shell. He married his wife Etta on August 31, 1913, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Norlan, of Wayne City; a daughter Mrs. Mary LaVerne Witter, of Wayne City; one grandchild; a brother Joe, of Eminence, Mo. and a sister Mrs. Gertie Ihmels of East St. Louis.
[Wayne County Press, February 25, 1971 p. 2 C1-2, Fairfield, Illinois. Unknown Contributor]

Mark L. Shell

Mark L. Shell, 83, Son of Civil War Captain is Dead
Mark L. Shell died at 4 a.m. today at the home of his son, Bernie Shell, 3 miles east of Mt. Vernon. His age was 83 years 7 months and 29 days. He had been failing in health for some time. He engaged in farming all his life, until the last few years when his age prevented him continuing in that occupation. He was born south of Keenes, Ill.
He was the son of Captain Calvin Shell a prominent man, who was a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars. While in the south Captain Shell was ordered to return north where he dispersed the Copperheads or disloyalists, located on the Skillet Fork at fort Shipley, better known in Wayne County as “R ebels Bend”
He (Marcus) was the last of several brothers and sisters. He leaves the following children: Bernie Shell, Mt. Vernon: Floyd Shell, McLeansboro; Perlie Shell, Keenes; Mrs. Roy Payne, Mendota, Il. ; Mrs. Nellie Smith, Wayne City; Mrs. Bert Layne (LANE) Wayne City; Mrs. Willard Favors, Muncie, Indiana; and a step-son A. F. Morgan, of Mt. Vernon. Also several grand and great grandchildren. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Lester Oathouse, will be held at the Mt. Zion Church, Friday, Burial will be in Farnsworth Cemetery.
[Feb. 13, 1941 - Unknown contributor]

Norlan B. Shell

75, of Wayne City, died in Wayne County IL. He was the son of Guy and Etta Lane Shell. Married Helen Smith, she survives; survived by 2 step daughters; Helen Abernathy of Kennewick, Wisconsin and Tammy Mitchell of Great Falls, Montana, 3 step-grandchildren; a nephew Lynn Witter of Dallas; preceded in death by parents and a sister Mary Laverne Witter; burial in Thomason Cemetery. [
The Register News, Thursday February 10, 2001, Mt. Vernon IL.]

Lowell Shell
Born November 21, 1926, Hamilton County; died June 14, 1984 resident of Milwaukee, WI.; son of Floyd M. and Verda E. Hood Shell. Leaves daughter Mrs. George Ashley of Scipio Center, N. Y.; sister Mrs. Lois Morris of McLeansboro; 3 grandchildren. Interred Mt. Olive Cemetery, near McLeansboro. [Times-Leader, June 21, 1984]

Perlie Shell
Perlie Shell, 77, of Keens, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:p.m. Friday at the Richardson Chapel in Wayne City with Rev. H. H. Mayberry officiating. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Richardson Chapel where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. Mr. Shell was born in Wayne County the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shell. He was first married to Jessie Blasby, who preceded him in death in 1917, he later married Alice Belangee, who preceded him in death in 1938. Surviving are two sons, Glen and Warren Shell of Keens; five daughters, Mrs. Lorena Richards of Wayne City, Mrs. Colena Mathews of Fairfield, Mrs. Maxine Cowan of Keens, Mrs. Leona Mills of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Geraldine Buchanan of Toluca, Ill.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Erna Zeigler of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Edna Lang of Sesser; two half brothers, Vernon and Floyd Shell of McLeansboro; a sister Mrs. Bertha Priest of Carmi; three half sisters, Mrs. Nellie Smith and Mrs. Junie Lane of Wayne City, and Mrs. Bessie Payne of Mendota, IL. 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
[Register News, December 20, 1961, Mt. Vernon Illinois - Unknown Contributor]

Richard Shoemake
We learn that Richard Shoemake, a veteran of the 5th Cav. died very suddenly a day or two since. [War Democrat, April 14, 1864]

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Frank J. Shorb
b. 8 July 1893 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 13 Jan 1985 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Tues, 15 Jan. 1985 at 2 p.m.
minister: Rev Kim Weaver
concluding services: Richland Cemetery.
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Memorial Card

Merle B. Shorb
b. 16 April 1900 in Geneva, IL
d. 4 Sept 1987 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
services conducted from : Johnson Chapel on Sunday, 6 September 1987 at 2 p.m.
minister: Kim Weaver
concluding services: Richland Cemetery
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Emma Geneva Tice Shoultz
Born Aug. 21 1902; Died Apr 1 1934, Age 31 years 7 months 10 days.
Funeral Service Held at the Elm River Missionary Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. G.W. Hall. The singing was done by Ms. Ruth Cunningham and friends of the deceased. Burial was at the Ebenezer Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were- Roy Behymer, Elmer Hotniger, Harry Brown, Kelley Brown, Dr. Lecroy, and George Smith. 
Hymns sung at the funeral were- "Praise Him", "I Shall Know Him ", and "Asleep in
She leaves to mourn- her husband, George Henry Shoultz 3 children- Bernard, age 11; George Jr., age 6; and Mary Emma Francis, age 2 wks. 
She was a member of the Elm River Baptist Church which her mother founded  
[April 1934, Donated By Kyle Shoultz]

Marjorie E. Shoultz
Marjorie E. "Frostie" Shoultz, 77 of Fairfield, died at 1:42 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8 2003 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. 
Services were Saturday Oct. 11 at the Johnson Chapel in Fairfield. Visitation was from 6-8 Oct. 10th at the Funeral Home. She was born May 11 1926 in Wayne Co. to Wayne and Iva (Farmer) Cox. She married George H. Shoultz JR. on Oct. 31 1950 who survives. 
She is survived by her husband; two sons; David of Fairfield and Steve of Benton; two Daughters, Sharon Hamilton of Fairfield and Lou Ann Shoultz of Mattoon. Two sisters; Shirley Crider of Cave-In-Rock and Midge Tice of Fairfield. 6 Grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters 
NOTE: Burial was at the Ebenezer Cemetery
[Wayne County Press, Donated by Kyle Shoultz]

Lydia C. Shreve
Mrs. Lydia C. Shreve, 89 yr, a longtime Wayne City resident, died at 12:19 a.m. Friday, May 17, 1985, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, from infirmities of age. Mrs. Shreve was a resident of the Cisne Manor for the past 18 months. She suffered a stroke and entered the hospital Monday. Mrs. Shreve was the mother of Ruben Shreve of Fairfield, and Clifford Shreve and Mrs. Doris King of Wayne City.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday (today) at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, with Rev Robert Shook officiating. Burial followed in Thomason Cemetery. Mrs. Shreve was born in Keenes in Wayne county 20 Oct. 1895, the daughter of Elisha and Ina (Sturns) Gregory. She attended North Lily School near Keenes. She was married to Gilbert Shreve, who died 5 Feb1946. Mrs. Shreve was a retired employee of Forest City Manufacturing Company, which made garments several years ago at Wayne City. She was a member of Wayne City United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Ruben Shreve of Fairfield; and Clifford Shreve of Wayne City; two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Doris) King of Wayne City; and Mrs. George (Ruth) Shadwell of Anaheim, Calif; one brother, Claudis Gregory of Orange County, Calif; one sister, Mrs. LuElla Swing of Monticello; 11grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren; and one step great- great grandchild.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Memorial Card
Elroy Shuffett
b. 29 Sept 1893 in Green County, KY
d. 5 April 1988 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Thursday, 7 April 1988 at 2 p.m.
minister: Rev. Ruby McDowell
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery.
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Edith May Sibley
DIED, Sunday morning, Aug. 29th, at 2 o'clock, Edith May, daughter of H. F. and Corella V. Sibley, aged nine months and two weeks... [excerpted from Wayne County Press, Aug/Sep? 1875]

Florence May Sibley
Died at the residence of her parents in Fairfield, on Friday, August 20th, at about 1 o'clock p.m., Florence May Sibley, aged fifteen years, six months and five days . . . May was the youngest daughter of Charles and Azaba L. Sibley . . .  [excerpt from Wayne County Press, August 26, 1875]

Gabriel Nathan Sidwell
Gabriel Nathan Sidwell, a former resident of Morgan County, Ohio, died in great peace, at the residence of his son, Nathan Sidwell, in this township. Father Sidwell, at the time of this death, was in the 72nd year of his age ... [Wayne County Press, February 4, 1875]

Memorial Card
Jack Simmons
b. 13 May 1931 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 6 Dec 1989 in Fairfield, IL
graveside services: Saturday, 9 December 1989 at 11 a.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery
minister: Rev. Glenn Snodgrass
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

Jack Simmons, 58 yr, of 604 College St, Fairfield, died at 4 p.m., Wednesday, 6 Dec at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He had been in failing health. There will be graveside services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maple Hill Cemetery. Rev. Glenn Snodgrass will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Johnson Funeral Home. He was born 13 May 1931 in Wayne County. His parents were Berlin and Hattie Mae (Jordon) Simmons. He married Frances Smith 12 July 1952 in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Simmons was an oilfield worker. He ran a spudder unit for Ram Oil Company at Browns. He also worked for Gene McCulley for sometime. Mr. Simmons attended school in the Fairfield area. He is survived by his wife; three sons, Jackie Simmons of Louisville, Bob Simmons of Winter Park, Fla. and Troy Simmons of Fairfield; two brothers, Ray Simmons of Anderson, Ind. and Gene Simmons of Camilla, GA; one sister, Lillian Gylling of Chicago; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim and David.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

W.B. Simmons

Resident of Wayne County for 70 Years Passes Away After Suffering Hemorrhage
W.B. Simmons, prominent Cisne merchant for the past 31 years passed away Friday morning. On Monday morning, May 24th, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and lapsed into a coma, from which he never rallied. William Boyd Simmons, son of Isham and Gilla Simmons, was born in Wayne County, Illinois, September 10, 1867, and passed away at his home in Cisne, Illinois, May 28, 1943, at the age of 75 years, eight months and 18 days. All of his life except about six years in Georgetown, Ky., was lived in Wayne County.
He was married on January 15, 1893, to Orletta Barrett. To this union four children were born, Roy Glen, Erma Lesta, Eva Pearl, and Ora Fay. Roy and Erma preceded him in death. Thirty-one years ago he and his wife bought the store in Cisne which they have operated since that time. About 45 years ago he was converted and joined the Indian Prairie Baptist Church under the ministry of Rev. Cal Richardson. In February, 1920, he and his wife transferred their membership to the Methodist Church in Cisne, which church he loved and supported until his passing on to his reward. He loved his home and family, and was never happier than when doing something for his loved ones. He leaves to mourn his departure, his devoted wife who had been his beloved companion for a little more than fifty years; two daughters, Mrs. Eva Sullivan, of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Fay Mann of Flora; four grandchildren, Roy Glen and Robert Glen Simmons, Mrs. Lorraine Vogel, and Mary Ann Mann; two brothers, Abe Simmons of Cisne and J.S. Simmons of Hardin, Montana, and one sister, Mrs. Della Munkres of Buffalo, Wyoming; besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted from the Cisne Methodist Church, Sunday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. Homer R. Herrin. Interment was in the Cisne cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We desire to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the friends, neighbors and acquaintances for their every expression of sympathy at the time of our great loss.
Mrs. Orietta Simmons And Family
[Donated by Peg Jones, May 1943]

Minnie B. Simms

Mrs. Minnie B. Simms (nee Minnie B. LeCroy), daughter of William and Pheraba Young Le Croy, was born March 5, 1873 near Cisne, Wayne County, Illinois and passed away in St. Louis, Mo., April 6, 1945. She attended school in her neighborhood and completed the eighth grade course. Early in life she gave her heart to God and united with the Victory General Baptist church near her home. On June 19, 1895 she married Wesley Simms and located in Fairfield, where her four children were born. About 1907 she with her family moved to St. Louis, Mo. where she lived until her demise. After locating in St. Louis, she united with the Methodist church there. She leaves to mourn her going, two daughters, Mrs. Glen Weigman, St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Mabel Mather, New York;  two sons, William and Carroll Simms, both of St. Louis; seven grandchildren, Mrs. Myra Lee Miller, David Weigman, Carol Jean Mather, William Mather, Gail Simms, Carroll Jr. Sims, and Sally Lou Sims. Two sisters, Mrs. Kate Heidinger of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Elma Sons Rinard, Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, Mr. Fred LeCroy of Cisne, and Dr. Wm. E. LeCroy, of this city; three aunts, Mrs. Etta McKitrick of Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. Amelia Withrow of Wayne City, and Mrs. Laura Withrow of Rolla, Kansas. One uncle, Sam Young of Fairfield; two daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law, and other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Dixon-Crippin Chapel, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. C.L. Peterson, pastor of the 1st Methodist church of this city, Interment was in Maple Hill cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends and relatives for their kindness and sympathy during our recent loss and to all who sent floral offerings.
Mr. and Mrs. Myron Weigman
[April 1945 - Donated by Peg Jones]

Emma F. Simpson

Mrs. J. M. Simpson, Died Last Friday
On last Friday Mrs. (Emma) Emily F. Simpson died at the family home west of Geff, and the funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 in the afternoon of Saturday, O. L. Spriggs having charge of same. The interment was in the Oak Valley cemetery, where she was laid to rest by the side of her life partner, who had preceded her in death. Mrs. Simpson was survived by  six children, two of whom, Mrs. W. H. Heckler, of this and Mrs. C. S. Hilliard, now of Vienna, but who formerly resided here, are well and favorably known here, and have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The following obituary was read at the funeral service:
(Emma) Emily F. ELLZEY, daughter of Wm. And Barbara Ellzey, was born Oct 25, 1856; died Jan 25, 1924, aged 67 years and 3 months. In Feb 14, 1882 she married to John M. Simpson, who preceded her in death on Feb 14, 1920. To this union were born seven children, all of whom are living except Arena Glen, who passed away Feb 5th 1920. Four of the children were present at the death of their mother and another Mrs. Ada Hilliard of Vienna, Ill. Arrived a few minutes after her mother died. Harvey Simpson who lives at Hazelton, Iowa, could not come. Besides her children she leaves to mourn their loss eleven grandchildren, also one brother John Ellzey, who lives in Kansas, and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. She was converted and joined the Baptist Church at about 13 years of age and has lived a consistent Christian life. She was always found in her place at church and Sunday School and each evening engaged in family prayer, praying for her family and friends. She expressed her thoughts up to the end as being ready to meet her Master knowing for a day at least that she could not recover. She told her children how she wanted the business of the estate settled. Also about the arrangement of her funeral.
[Donated by  Marylea Gazette] 

Harvey Simpson

 Harvey Simpson 84, a well known former Fairfield and Cisne resident, died Tuesday, November 6, 1968, at Baptist Hospital in Alexandria, LA. 
(Not the former White Kitchen operator.)
 A brother of Mrs. Mary Shepard here, Mr. Simpson and his wife had gone to Alexandria September 28th to reside close to a daughter.  he had been in poor health and underwent surger y in April.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from DeSelms Funeral Home in Cisne, with Rev. W.E. Courtright officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Valley Cemetery.  He was a resident in Iowa many years and was a farmer.  He lived in the Fairfield area the last 15 to 20 years.  The last two or three year s in the Cisne area.  Mr. Simpson was the son of the late J.M. and Emily Ellzey Simpson.  He was married to the former Ola Young.
[Wayne County Press -- Donated By Marylea Gazette] 

Ida M. Simpson
Mrs. Ida Mae Simpson of Oak Valley was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W.C. Davis, was born in Macon County, Illinois, October 15th, 1895; departed this life October 20th, 1917, age 22 years, 5 days.  She was converted the year of 1911 at Mt. Olivet church, in Wayne County, Illinois, and became a member of the same, to which she has been faithful.  She was baptized on her 16th birthday.  In the year of 1912, December 11th she was married to Mr. Olaf E. Simpson.  To this union was born two children, John Wil liam and Norma Eileen.  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two children, an aged grandmother, with a number of distant relatives, with a host of friends. 
Funeral was held at Oak Valley church, October 22nd at 2 O'clock, by W.A. Pittman.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kind assistance during the illness and death of our loved one. 
Olaf Simpson and Family.
[Wayne County Press - Donated by Marylea Gazette]

John M. Simpson
John M. Simpson, a prominent farmer of Lamard township, died last Saturday after a short illness with pneumonia.  Mr. Simpson has lived in Lamard for the past forty years and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
      He was born Nov 21, 1856, White County coming with his parents to Wayne County when a boy, and has been a resident ever since.  They moved to La mard township over 40 years ago.
     Feb 14th 1882 he was married to Emma Ellzey and to this union seven children were born, Mrs. Ada Hilliard and Mrs. Mary Heckler of Fairfield.  Mrs. Viola Hilliard of the Oak Valley neighborhood, Olaf and Warren at home and Harvey, who lived in Iowa.  The youngest daughter, Mrs. Glenn Hilliard passed on a week before her father.  He was converted in a series of meetings at Oak Valley about 31 years ago conducted by Rev. T.O. McMinn, joined the church and has been
a valued member ever since that time.  He passed away at his home February 14th 1920 on their 38th wedding anniversary at the age of 63 years 2 months and 23 days.  Besides the wife and six children he leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters and
seven grand children to mourn his departure.  Short services were conducted at the home by Eld Harshbarger talking from Job 19th chapter 25 and 26 verse.   He was laid to rest in Oak Valley cemetery, Sunday February 15 at 3 O'clock p.m.
With heartfelt appreciation we thank our neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy in our very deep sorrow.          MRS. J.M. SIM PSON AND FAMILY
[Wayne County Press -- Donated by Marylea Gazette]

Ola Mae Simpson

A former Cisne resident, Mrs. Ola Simpson died Saturday night, September 28, 1974, in Alexandria, LA.  Mrs. Simpson moved from Wayne County there to be close to her family.  Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at DeSelm's Funeral Home by Bro. John Bainum.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. Monday.  Mrs. Simpson was the former Ola Young and lived in the Covin gton Community in Wayne County.  She will be buried in the Oak Valley Cemetery.
[Wayne County Press -- Donated By Marylea Gazette]

Olaf Ellzey Simpson

A native of the Geff community, Olaf E. Simpson, 88, died Friday (July 21, 1978) at 12:45 p.m. at the Pleasant Acre Nursing Home in Altamont.  He suffered a massive stroke a year and a half ago after which he entered the home.  He was the father of Mrs. Hugh Cisne, of Geff.
The remains were moved to the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne where visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday evening.  Final rites will be held at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Tue sday with Bro Tom Rippy in charge.  Burial will follow in the Oak Valley Baptist cemetery.
Mr. Simpson was born on a farm west of Geff in the Oak Valley community on March 3, 1890, the son of John W. and Emily Simpson.  he lived in that area many years.  He was married to Ida Mae Davis at Geff in 1912 and to this union one daughter, Norma, wife of Hugh Cisne, of Geff, and one son John W. Simpson of St Louis, now deceased, were born.  She died in 1917.
He was married to Beulah Hilliard on January 10, 1919 and to this union were born two daughters, Emma, wife of Vernon Duncan of Jacksonville, Fla; and Mary, wife of Lewis Fowler, of Bloomington, IL;  four sons, Olaf, Jr. of Streator, IL; Roscoe of Rutland; James, near Collinsville and Ira of Decatur.
Years ago, the family moved to northern Illinois and settled in the Rutland-Wenona area where he farmed and worked for a grain elevator.  later he moved to Kinmundy and lived there until his health failed and he was moved to the nursing home.  He was a long time member of the Oak Valley Bap tist Church.
[Wayne County Press - Donated by Marylea Gazette]

Mahala Simpson
Mahala Simpson, wife of J. N. Simpson, died at Cisne, Nov. 29th. [Wayne County Press, December 9, 1875]

Walton Young Simpson
 Funeral services for Walton Young Simpson 46, former Wayne County resident were held Wednesday afternoon at the Oak Valley Church.  The Rev. H.G. Coventry officiated and burial was in the Oak Valley Cemetery.  Military rites were in charge of the American Legion Post at Cisne and the VFW of Flora. 
Mr. Simpson was drowned June 30th in a flash flood at Bonner Springs, KS.  The car in which he and another man were riding was on a bridge which collapsed into flood waters.  The other man was not killed. The body was returned to the DeSelms Funeral Home at Cisne.  He was a supervi sing foreman for the Fairbanks-Morse Co.  He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Simpson of the Covington neighborhood. Mr. Simpson was a veteran of World War II and had served with the 129th infantry regiment including 37 months of service in the Southwest Pacific.  Surviving are his wife. Pauline; his parents and two sisters.
[Wayne County Press - Donated by Marylea Gazette] 

Joseph Sinnett
Mr. Joseph Sinnett was killed by being thrown from his horse yesterday. [Prairie Pioneer, October 29, 1863]

Col. J. C. Sloo
Col. J. C. Sloo, for many years a resident of this city and county….. died at his residence at Cairo, on the night of the 31st inst. Shawnee-town Mercury. [Wayne County Press, August 25, 1870]

Andrew L. Smith
On Tuesday evening June 29th, Andrew L. Smith, and old and well-known citizen of our county, died at his residence seven miles east of town. Mr. Smith was about 38 years of age and highly and highly respected by all who knew him. But a week before his death he lost a child, and on the day previous to his interment his mother-in-law was carried to her grave from his house. [Wayne County Press, July 15, 1869]

Charlie Smith
Charlie Smith, son of Harrison and Lydia Bond Smith, was born in Wayne County, Illinois September 9, 1861. Departed this life December 27, 1932, age 71 years 3 months and 18 days. He was united in marriage to Alice Davis February 3, 1884. She preceded him in death in 1917. to this union were born seven children, Condy, of Stonington, Ralph of Rochelle, Ezra and John of Chicago, Hoit of Wayne City, Mrs. Ina Fields, of Aden and Mrs. Earna Jones, of Chicago. The deceased was converted in early life and lived a faithful Christian life, always doing deeds of kindness and ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. His friends were numbered by his acquantances. He has spent his entire life in Wayne County and was one of the successful farmers of the country. The community has suffered a loss in his death. He has been afflicted for several years, but his last illness was of only about two weeks duration. All was done for him that loving hands could do. But He who doeth all things well saw fit to remove him from this Earth to his reward. He leaves to mourn their loss, seven children, 20 grandchildren living, three having preceded him in death, one brother Calvin, three half brothers, Oliver, Walter and Rube, of Wayne City, and five sisters, Anna Kingston, of Aden, Erlie Close, Tamer Draper and Nellie Hall all of Paxton and Esty Myers, of Humboldt. Besides a host of friends.
[Uunknown newspaper, December 1932 - Donated by James T. Smith]

Memorial Card
Gladys C. Smith
b.1 May 1895
d. 17 Sept 1977
services held at: Hosselton Funeral Home on Tues, 20 Sept 1977 at 1:30 p.m.
conducted by: Bro. James Pennington
concluding services: Jacob's Chapel
arrangements by: Hosselton Funeral Home


Mrs. Gladys C. Smith, 82 yr, a Johnsonville woman who was the widow of John Smith, was found dead at her home at 9 a.m. Saturday. She was a farmwife.
Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne with Bro. James Pennington officiating. Burial will be in the Jacobs Chapel Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday (today). Mrs. Smith was born in Wayne County 1 May 1895, the daughter of Charles and Emma Jane (Porter) Schofield. She was married to John Smith 21 Nov 1913, who died in 1960. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Oak Grove General Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Burl Smith, of Hidalgo; and Earl Smith of Johnsonville; eight daughters, Mrs. Verneta Scott, of Wayne City; Mrs. Don (Maxine) Caudle of Lees Summit, MO; Mrs. Florence Talbert, of West Chicago; Mrs. Gale (Ruby) Cook, of Tuscola; Mrs. Amos (Ruth) Jones, of Sarasota, Calif; Mrs. Robert (Catherine) Lane, of Carmi: Mrs. Jack (Betty)Cameron, of Fairfield; 34 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren ; and one sister, Faye Truax, of Ravenna, O. Preceding her in death were one daughter, Glenda ; one son, Johnny; one grandchild, one great-grandchild; four sisters, Maye, Lela, Violet and Mildred; and two brothers, Omer and Otto.
 [W ayne County Press, Monday, 19 Sept 1977 -- Donated by Marlene Olson]

Glen E. Smith
Glen E. Smith, 88, of Route 1, Wayne City, died 3:03 a.m. January 4, 2004, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He was a retired farmer and carpenter. He was born May 21, 1915, in Hamilton County, he was a son of Ross and Nellie (Shell) Smith. He married Louise Jones on September 8, 1948 and she survives in Wayne City. Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with Rev. Leland Gaienany officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. Mr. Smith was a member of the Long Prairie Missionary Church, the Fairfield VFW and the Fairfield American Legion. He was a veteran of World War II. In addition to his wife, survivors include a brother Herman Smith and two sisters, Maxine Pelcher and Lucille Youngblood, all of Wayne City. [Register News Online, Monday January 5, 2004.]

Homer Smith

Herman E. Smith, 81, rural Wayne City, died at 6:36 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2008 in Blue Mound. Mr. Smith was a retired custodian and bus driver for Oak Grove Grade School.
Services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, Rev. Elton Storey will officiate. Visitation is Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Richardson’s. Burial will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born July 13, 1926 in Wayne County to Ross & Nellie SHELL Smith. He married Genevieve “Gen” KENNEDY on September 29, 1951. She preceded him in death on December 18, 2000. He was of Methodist faith. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII where he was a staff Sergeant in the 11th Airborne in Japan. He witnessed the signing of the Peace Treaty.
Survivors include a son Thomas E. (Lisa) Smith of Blue Mound; step-daughter, Sarah Whitfield, Belleville; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Maxine Pilcher and Lucille Youngblood of Wayne City.
He was preceded in death by his wife and sisters Golda  Robertson and Imo gene Mordic
[Wayne County Press, Feb 18, 2008  - Donated by Marylea Gazette]

Mary A. Smith

Mrs. Mary A. Smith, pioneer of Wayne County, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. A. Jones, of north of Sims last Thursday evening at 5 o’clock.  She had been in ill health for several months but was able to be up except for the last week.
Funeral services were held Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at the General Baptist church at Sims with Rev. L. E. Lousin gnont in charge.  Burial was at Dickeyville cemetery.
Mary A. Smith, daughter of Geffry and Martha Ann Marshall, was born near Johnsonville , Ill., Oct. 3, 1854, departed this life January 4, 1934, at the age of 79 years, three months and one day.  She was united in marriage to Wm. Smith in the year 1872, to this union eleven children were born.  The husband and three children have preceded her in death.        She leaves to mourn their loss eight children, namely:  James of Wilming ton, Ill.;  Mrs. Laura Walker of Peace Valley, Mo.;  Mrs. Ellen Burkett of Chicago, Ill.;  Mrs. Augusta Jones and Mrs. Grace Gregg of Sims, Ill.;  Mrs. Belle Edwards of Mill Shoals, Ill.;  Jacob O. of Davenport, Iowa; and Fred of Wayne City, Ill., all of whom were present except Laura.  She also leaves 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great great-great-grandchild.
She professed faith in Christ about the year of 1901 and lived a faithful Christian life until God said it is enough come up higher and be with loved ones gone on before.
Those attending the funeral from a distance were Mrs. Nell Houk and Seth Davis of Indianapolis, Ind.;  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burkett of Shawneetown, Ill.;  Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Burkett of Benton, Ill.;  Mrs. Ellen Burkett of Chic ago, Ill.;  J. O. Smith of Davenport, Ia.;  Mr. and Mrs. James Smith of Wilmington, Ill.;  Mr. and Mrs. Ben Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Williamson and Miss Golda Borah of Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Edwin Borah of Carbondale, Ill.
[Submitted by Bob Jones]

Mrs. Nellie Smith
Mrs. Nellie Smith, 80 of Keens, died at 12.55 p.m. Thursday at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2p.m. today at the Richardson Funeral Chapel in Wayne City. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born in Wayne County on March 3, 1894, the daughter of Marcus and Ellen (Terry? Cary) Shell. In 1911 she married Ross (Roscoe) Smith, who proceded her in death in 1954. Survivors include two sons Glen and Herman Smith both of Wayne city; four daughters Mrs. Golda Robertson, Mrs. Maxine Pilcher, Mrs. Lucille Youngblood, all of Wayne City and Mrs. Imogene (Jackie) Mordic, Fairfield; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two brothers, Bernie Shell Mt. Vernon. Floyd Shell, McLeansboro; one sister Junie Shell, Wayne City; two half brothers Raymond Shell and Roy Shell both of Muncie Indiana; and two half sisters, Mrs. Bertha Preist, Carmi and Mrs. Esther Favors, Muncie Indiana.
[Wayne County Press, 1974. Unknown Contributor]

Samuel Luther Smith
Samuel Luther Smith, 80 yr, a former Fairfield resident, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 9 Dec 1989 at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel. He had been staying in the Mt. Carmel General Baptist Nursing Home. Mr. Smith apparently suffered a stroke.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Union Cemetery. Rev Glenn Snodgrass will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday (today) at Nale's Funeral Home. Mr. Smith was born in Wayne County 31 Jan 1909. His parents were Samuel F. and Lylia Mae (Schaeffer) Smith. He was married to Lucille Stolz. They later divorced. Mr. Smith was a retired farmer south of Fairfield and was an Airtex worker for some time. He was also a member of the Union Church.
He is survived by four sons, Earl, Verl and Norval Smith all of Fairfield and Samuel Smith of California; two daughters, Frances Simmons and Lucretia Isle of Fairfield: two sisters, Dorothy Lowe of St. Louis, MO, and Edith Dye of Cisne; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild and two step-great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.
 [Don ated by Marlene Olson]

William Smith 
William Smith was born September 5th 1852 in Bellmont County, Ohio, near the town of Barnesville.  He was brought to Wayne County Illinois, by his parents, when an infant, settling on a farm in Arrington township, where he lived the remainder of his life.  He was married to Mary A. Marshall, November 3rd, 1872.  To this union were born eleven children.  Dora M:  James M:  Laura:  Martha:  Stella A:  Myrtle E (deceased);  Nora I:  Grace O:  Jacob O:  Harry (deceased):  Charles F:  Two brothers survive him, Malen who resided in Arrington Township, and James A. of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. 
William Smith departed this life, Monday morning, October 15th 1900, just as the alluminary of the day began to appear, sending her rays of light to kiss away the night.  The angel of death with soft tread, crossed the threshold of the Smith home, and carried away the life of husband, father, brother and my dear friend.  He died within fifteen feet of where his father died, thirty years before, leaving him and his two brothers wife and stepmother, with a small home, to battle the world. 
The deceased took the small legacy left him, and married a devoted wife.  Together through industry and economy, using his small portion as a nucleus, gathered a home for his wife and children in this life and a sufficiency for the wife to live on after he had gone. 
After coolly and deliberately arranging his affairs, he then turned to the writer and his brother and asked them to sing, "Unclouded Day", and then pray with him.  This was a week prior to his demise.  He expressed to his brother and family the morning before he died, his willingness to go.  His suffering was of long durat ion, and severe:  yet he bore it all with manly fortitude, never complaining, always submissive.  In his death, his family has lost a devoted father, the community an energetic and trustworthy citizen. 
Peace be to his ashes.   J.B.L.
[ W ayne County Record, October 1900 - Submitted by Bob Jones]

Notes from contributor, Bob Jones:

1.      J. B. L. was the Rev. J. B. Littell (Cincinnati cemetery)
2.      Children of William & Mary Smith were:
Dora May (Davis) – buried in Arrington Prairie cemetery
James Marion – buried in Pin Oak cemetery
Laura (Walker) – buried in Peace Valley, MO.
Martha Ellen (Burkett) – buried in Benton, IL.
Stella Augusta (Jones) – buried in Victory cemetery
Myrtle Elizabeth Smith – buried in Arrington Prairie cemetery
Nora Isabel (Edwards) – buried in Pin Oak cemetery
Grace Olive (Borah) – buried in Pin Oak cemetery
Jacob Oliver – buried in Davenport, IA
Harry – buried in Arrington Prairie cemetery
Charles Fred Carrol – buried in Pin Oak

Memorial Card
James Verdell Solomon
b. 21 Sept 1947 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
d. 18 April 1968 in South Vietnam
Services Conducted from: Wayne City High School Gym on Monday, 29 April 1968 at 3 p.m.
minister: Layton L. Hall
Concluding Service: Thomason Cemetery.
Services Conducted by: Dixon & Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Thomas E. Sons
Thomas E. Sons, 62, Fairfield, died at 6:26 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind.
He had worked as a painter for many years. Graveside services and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, at Maple
Hill Cemetery with full military rites provided by Anthony Wayne Post 176, American Legion and Wayne Memorial Post 4535 VFW. There will be no visitation. Bro. Carroll Kakac will officiate. Nale's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Tom was born Aug. 18, 1945 in Wood River to Ewing and Letty Thompson Sons. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a member of the American Legion and the VFW.  Survivors include one sister, Pam Jelley of Fairfield and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
[Wayne County Press Dec 20,2007 - Donated by Mike Clemmons]

Wm. Sons
Funeral Sermon. - Elder H. H. Brown will preach the funeral sermon of Wm. Sons at the school house near Mr. Wm. Sims on Sunday, Oct 2nd, at 11 o'clock A.M. [Wayne County Press, September 1, 1870]

H. K. Spicer
On Tuesday last Mr. H. K. Spicer, of Jeffersonville, in this county was fatally injured, by getting his leg caught in a circular saw.  The leg was amput ated above the knee joint. . . . . the unfortunate man expired on Wednesday night. [Prairie Pioneer,  September 23, 1860]

Catherina Sprague
Mrs. David Sprague Dies in Illinois
Her death follows a very long Illness
Word has been received in the city announcing the death of Mrs. Catherina Sprague which resulted at her home at Fairfield, Illinois, Friday evening. Mrs. Sprague was about seventy-five years of age and her death was due to paralysis, of which she has been suffering for a lengthy period. The deceased was born in Marion County and spent the greater part of her life on a farm north of LaRue. She was an aunt of Mrs. Verenis Colvin, Mrs. E. J. Howser and B. F. Waples, of this city. Her husband, David, four sons and two daughters survive her.
[The Marion Daily Star (Marion, Ohio) 26 Aug 1907, pg 4 - Tr. by K.T.]

James Stacy
Died. Of pneumonia, at his residence of Brush Creek, March 8th, 1870, James Stacy, Esqr., after an illness of eight or nine days….He leaves a wife and seven children to mou rn his loss….He was a member of the Episcopal Methodist Church….. [Wayne County Press, March 24, 1870]

Sylvester Staggs
DIED. - September 5th, 1870, Sylvester, infant son of Norris E. and Rachael Staggs, aged 11 months and 3 days. [Wayne County Press, September 15, 1870]

James Staton
A serious accident occurred last week near Arrington Prairie, in this county.  James Staton, aged 20 years was felling timber in company with his father, when a limb, falling from a tree, struck young Staton on the head, fracturing his skull in two places.   He lived four days. [The Fairfield Gazette, March 18, 1858]

Henry Silas Steele
Henry Silas Steele, son of James and Nancy M. Steele, was born in Carrolton, Kentucky, Nov. 22, 1872 and departed this life Oct. 12th, 1946. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and one sister, Ella. He never married and for many years resided with his parents, helping to care for them in their declining years. After their passing, he continued to reside in the old home at Cisne, until illness made it necessary for him to enter the St. John's Sanitarium at Springfield, where he passed peacefully away at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 20 days. He leaves to mourn his passing one brother, John Steele, of Lincoln; one sister, Mrs. F.M. Flick, of Pontiac, also six nephews and two nieces and many friends who will miss his friendly greeting and ready hand, as he was always ready to help anyone in need as long as he was able to do so, though his failing eyesight the past several years has made it impossible for him to undertake any active vocation. Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church in Cisne, Monday morning, Oct. 14th, at 10 o'clock. Burial was in the family lot in the Cisne cemetery.
[Wayne County Press, October  1946 - Donated by Peg Jones]

Duncan Stewart
Also, on one day last week Mr. Duncan Stewart, formerly of Burnt Prairie. [War Democrat, March 17, 1864]

Johnson Stinson
A Mr. Johnson Stinson lost his wife, aged fifty years, with bronco pneumonia.  [Wayne County Press, April 15, 1875]

Lucinda Stuart
DIED. On Saturday, Nov. 24th at her residence in Fairfield, Mrs. Lucinda Stuart, aged 74 years 1 month and 23 days. Mrs. Stuart has resided in our town for some thirty-three years. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, November 29, 1866]

Charles Sumner
Charles Sumner is dead. [Wayne County Press, March 19, 1874]

Memorial Card
Robert Sumner
b.3 Dec 1907 in Stuttgart, Ark.
d. 30 June 1974 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from: Dixon & Johnson Chapel on Tuesday, 2 July 1974 a t 2 p.m.
minister: Rev. Dannie F. Martin
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery
services conducted by: Dixon & Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Wesley Sutterfield
Wesley Sutterfield, an intelligent young man of about eighteen years of age, died at the county farm on Tuesday morning of typhoid fever…. [Wayne County Press, February 11, 1875]

Charles W. Squire
Charles Wesley, eldest son of Charles and Telia Squire, was born in Cisne, July 24, 1903. He grew to manhood in the community of his birth and has considered this his home at all times. His work has called him elsewhere at times and for some time he lived in Indiana, where he was engaged in the timber and milling business. He was united in marriage with Katie Austin, January 9, 1922. This union was blessed with two children, one daughter, Glenda Lee, and one son, Bobby Dean. For the past three years he has been continually under medical care. On Tuesday morning, September 20th, while working with a threshing crew on the farm of L.G. Brennan, he was overtaken by the Grim Reaper and the Spirit took its flight. At the time of his death he was twenty-four years one month and twenty-six days of age. “Happy” as he was familiarly known by his friends, was of a congenial disposition and was thoroughly reliable and trustworthy in his work. His greatest delight was in the operation of machinery and his life ended at his post of duty. He is survived by his companion, two children, father, mother, one brother and three sisters; who with a host of other relatives and friends mourn his passing. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, September 21, at 2:30 o’clock from the residence by W.D. Crippin. Interment was in the Cisne cemetery. Many beautiful flowers spoke eloquently of the esteem in which the family are held by the community.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to our dear friends and neighbors for their every kindness in this sad hour.
[September 1927 - Donated by Peg Jones]


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