Clark County Illinois
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Death Notices


Victoria Carlton
(Victoria (Carlton) Lauderbeck Middleton)
Victoria Carlton, daughter of Henry E. Carlton, was born in Macon County, Ky., Oct. 12, 1838. In 1854 she was married to Andrew Lauderbeck, who died nine years later leaving her with two small children. She was afterward married to Ignatius Middleton, who died in August, 1914. By her second marriage there were three children, one of whom died in infancy. She is survived by one brother, John Carlton, of Edna, Kan., and four children as follows: Mrs. Mary Orr, Vancouver, B. C.; Alonzo Lauderbeck, Cincinnati, Ohio; Henry Middleton and Mrs. B. F. Miller, Casey.
On coming to Illinois the family first resided in Edgar county. After a time they removed to Cumberland county, and for twenty-five years have been residents of Casey.
Mrs. Middleton was a devout Christian, having embraced Christ in childhood and having been baptized when four years old. She was a charter member of the Casey U. B. church, of which she was always a loyal supporter. She organized the first Sunday school at the Fairview appointment, and to this remote beginning United Brethrenism in that community may date its origin. Her Christian experience was remarkably positive, characterized by abiding assurance of acceptance with Christ. “For forty years I have not had a doubt.” What a monument to child conversion. She was one of the few who could not remember having spent one year in rejection of Jesus Christ. She vindicated her position by seventy years of faithful service. W. L. Perkins
From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (

Cora Viola Chambers
Cora Viola Chambers, daughter of John A. and Abagail Shomaker Parker, was born in Coles County, December 9, 1866, and departed this life, at Oilton, Oklahoma, May 5, 1949, at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 26 days. In Charleston, Illinois in 1884, she was united in marriage to Peter M. Chambers who preceded her in death January 25, 1917. To this union were born ten children, four of whom preceded the mother in death.
She is survived by the following children: Everett of Westfield, Leslie of Dupo, Agnes of Charleston, Zella, Warren and Oscar all of Oilton, Oklahoma. Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Anna King of Oilton, Okla., one brother, J. A. L. Parker of Westfield, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and the life she lived bore witness to the fact she had passed from death unto life eternal. her gentle smile and sense of humor were a source of encouragement to multitudes on the highway of life.
[unknown newspaper, c. May 1949]

Funeral Services For Mrs. Cora Chambers
Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Chambers, who passed away at her home in Oilton, Okla., on May 5, were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock from the Westfield Baptist Church with Rev. L. D. Lang, officiating. Mrs. Clarence Kimball and J. C. Fender sang two hymns, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Aden Newlin. Interment was made in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Out of town relatives attending the funeral service were Hattie Shafer and Mrs. John Robison of Casey, Mrs. Norma Becket of Effingham, Duane Robison of E. Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Emery and family of Gays.

We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for the acts of kindness and sympathy shown us at the passing of our mother. Also those who remembered her with flowers and song, the Rev. L. D. Lang, and all who helped at the service
Everett Chambers and Family
Leslie Chambers
Warren Chambers
Agnes Robison
Zella Chambers
Oscar Chambers
[Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh, great granddaughter of Cora Viola Chambers]

Emaline Chambers
Emaline Chambers, daughter of Henderson and Mary Ann Chambers was born in Melrose Township, June 23rd, 1854 and died at the residence of her son , Lawrence Drummond on August 14th, 1932, aged 78 years, one month and twenty two days.
About the year 1871 she was united in marriage to Lewis Hedden and to this union was born one son and one daughter, Rosetta, dying in infancy, and Henderson Hedden died December 15th 1931.
On March 31st, 1878 she was again united in marriage to J. L. Drummond and to this union was born eight children, seven sons and one daughter . One boy died in infancy, and Arthur died December 10th, 1918. The hus band and five sons and one daughter surviving her are: John of Marshall , Ill., Roy of Lawrenceville, Ill., Howard of Sodus, Mich., Lawrence of West York, Ill., and Roy and Maggie, who reside with their parents.
Mrs. Drummond spent her entire life in Melrose township and some years ago she united with the United Brethren church at Potter's Hall and remained a member of that church until her death. She also has surviving eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Melrose church with Rev. Jesse Stout officiating. Burial was in the Medsker Cemetery.
[Clark County Democrat, Marshall, IL 24 Aug 1932]

Everett Chambers
Funeral Services were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at Swinford funeral chapel for Everett Chambers, 69, who passed away at his home in Westfield Saturday afternoon, following a lingering illness. Rev. Ping pastor of the E.U.B. church officiated. Interment was in Maple Hill cemetery. Everett Chambers was born in Westfield, Ill., the son of Peter and Cora Chambers, April 14, 1886, and died April 9, 1955. He was one of seven children. He was united in marriage to Margaret Vaultenburg August 6, 1910. To this union were born four children; Lloyd Chambers of Newton, Ill., Mary Emery of Humboldt, Ill, Maxine Decker, deceased, and Wilma Jean Tefft of Westfield. Those from out of town attending the funeral were Guy Estes, Dana, Ind., W. W. Swinford, Mrs. Clarice Swinford, and Mrs. Theodore Swinford of Urbana, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Elmer (name unreadable), Paxton, Ill., Mrs. Virgil Parker, Findlay, Ill., Leslie Chambers, Dupo, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Elston and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Pendergast, Charleston, Ill., Mrs. Joe Trout, Mrs. Don Maulding and Mrs. Dean Walters of Casey, Mr. Mrs. Leon Conley, Oilfield and Woodrow Decker and Bill Decker of Indiana Harbor, Ind. and Mrs. Raymond Blagg, Westfield.
[Unknown newspaper, April 1955, Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh, granddaughter of Everett Chambers]

Lloyd A. Chambers
Lloyd A. Chambers, 68, of 300 E. Morgan, Newton, died at 11:35 a.m. Monday, May 5, 1980 in St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Buchanan funeral home with Bro. Don Stirrup officiating. Burial was in Aten cemetery, Hidalgo.
Mr. Chambers was born Nov. 4, 1911, in Paris, Ill., a son of Everett and Margaret (Voltenburg) Chambers.
He married Marjorie Elston who survives. Also surviving are his mother of Oblong, sons, Lloyd Lynn of Rapid City, S.D., and James E. at home; daughters, Mrs. Evelyn M. Rennier and Mrs. Lucille J. Staugh, both of Chicora, PA.; sisters, Mrs. Mary Emery of Oblong and Mrs. Wilma Tefft of Westfield, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Chambers was a retired employee of Cummins Implement Sales, Rose Hill, and worked at Grandview Sales and Service, Newton. He was a member of the Lawrenceville Eagles club, and Flora Moose lodge.
He was preceded in death by his father and one sister.
[Newton Press-Mentor, Thursday, May 8, 1980 - Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh (also known as Jan), daughter of Lloyd Chambers]

Denzil Clapp
Miss Denzil Clapp, aged seventeen years died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Anna Clapp in this city Monday morning after an illness of five days with typhoid fever.
The funeral took place at the church in Clarksville Wednesday morning at 11:00 O'clock and was preached by Rev. T.T. Davis.
Burial in the Clarksville Cemetery.
[From the Marshall Republican, August 20, 1909 - Submitted by: Peggy Clark]

A little child of Robert Clark's, aged about three years, died Sunday morning.
[From the The Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday July 28, 1887 - Submitted by: K. Torp]

Cornelia Clark
Mrs. Cornelia Clark widow of the late George E. Clark who formerly conducted a grocery store in this city died at the home of her daughter Mrs. C. B. Greenough at Brazil Indiana Wednesday evening.
Mrs. Clark was past eighty years of age but was a remarkablely well preserved woman until within the past two weeks.
She is survived by one daughter Mrs. C. B. Greenough residing in Brazil Ind.
Funeral services were held at Brazil yesterday afternoon.
Her remains will be brought here on no. 35 this (Friday) morning and will be taken directly to the cemetery for burial.
[From the Marshall Republican, July 30, 1909 - Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]

J. Harry Clem
J. Harry Clem, 84, of Terre Haute, Indiana, formerly of Marshall and Casey, passed away at 2:40am Sunday, February 23 in Regional Hospital at Terre Haute.
Harry was born on December 18, 1918 at Casey, the son of Harry Leon Clem and Nellie Blanche Brandenburg Clem. He was first married to Louise Jackson on August 8, 1954 at Casey, and she preceded him in death on December 8, 1982. He later married Margaret Hollingsworth on February 18, 1984 at Terre Haute.
Mr. Clem was a member of the Terre Haute First Baptist Church, VFW Post #5762 of Casey, and the 88 Infantry Blue Devil Division. He served in the US Army during World War II, where he served as a sergeant with the 88th Infantry Division and the 752 Tank Battalion.
An avid softball player, he had been inducted into the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame. He was retired from the Men's Department of Meis of Illiana after 24 years of service.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10am Wednesday at Pearce Funeral Home, 314 South 6th Street in Marshall with Brother Gene Ellis officiating. Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery with military graveside rites.
Visitation will be from 3:30pm to 7:30pm today and 7am until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
[From the Marshall Advocate - February 25, 2003 - Submitted by Larry Wells]

Patricia Malloy Stover Clements
Patricia Malloy Stover Clements, 80, of Sullivan, IN and formerly of Marshall, passed away at 6:15pm Thursday, April 3, 1997 at the residence of her daughter at Princeton, IN.
Partricia was born Dec. 18, 1916 at Paris, IL, to Frank David Malloy Sr. and Sarah Ellen Drake Malloy. She married Elmer Harold Stover September 16, 1939 in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshall. She later married Howard Clements.
Mrs. Clements was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church at Sullivan, IN. She and her husband owned and operated Stover's Cleaners in Marshall for several years.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Richard Mahoney and Christina and Larry Matthews both of Princeton, IN and Paula and Joe Correal of Carlisle, PA; son and daughter-in-law, Michael "Manny" and Kay Stover of Springfield, MO; sister Frances Curl of Paris, IL; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by first husband Elmer Harold Stover and second husband Howard Clements; grandson, Vincent Correal; brothers, William B. Malloy, Charles Leo Malloy and Joseph E. Malloy.
[From the Marshall Advocate - 14 Apr 1997 - Submitted by: Larry Wells]

Mary Poorman Correll
Mary Poorman Correll, 87, of Robinson, Ill., died Saturday, July 12, 1997, at 11:58 a.m. at the Cotillion Ridge Nursing Home in Robinson, Ill.
She was born September 20, 1909 in Clark County, Ill, to Thomas A Poorman and Gertrude Cork Poorman. She married Mervyn K, Correll, and he preceded her in death in 1987.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Alyce C. and William Mullins, of Robinson, Ill.; one son and daughter-in-law, Mervyn K. and Karen Correll, of Monticello, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Methyl Correll Anderson, of Robinson, Ill.; four grandsons, John Correll, Jeff Correll, Brian Correll, and David Mullins; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mable Titsworth; and three brothers, Joe Poorman, John Poorman and Harold Poorman.
She was a homemaker. She had attended Indiana State Teachers College at Terre Haute, Ind., and was a former elementary school teacher.
She was a member of the Highland Avenue Baptist Church at Robinson, and a member of the James Halstead Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Memorial services are Saturday, July 19 at 10: a.m. at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union, Ill. with Father John Wall officiating.
Private burial will be in the Robinson New Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Mary Poorman Correll Memorial Fund.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 14 Jul 1997 - Submitted by: Larry Wells]

A. J. Cowden
A Pioneer Gone
A. J. Cowden was born in Licking county, Ohio June 8, 1834, died Jan. 28, 1909, aged 74 years, 7 months and 20 days.
He was married to Margaret Wells April 3, 1859. To this union was born 6 daughters all of whom survive him.
He was a kind husband and loving father. He was a good neighbor and highly respected by all who knew him. He was charitable in disposition and helpful to all. He was a tower of strength to the church both financially and otherwise. He always had a cheering and encouraging word for the minister. He was indeed a model christian and died triumphant in the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He leaves to mourn their loss a loving wife, 6 daughters, 7 grandchildren, one greatgrandchild and one sister with many relative and friends. Our loss is his eternal gain.
We take this means of extending our thanks to the many kind friends who assisted and sympathized with us in our great sorrow. Margaret Cowden and children.
[From the Marshall Republican, February 5, 1909 - Submitted by: Peggy Clark]

Denzle H. Cox
Calls Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. Cox Away.
Little Denzie, infant son of Irwin and Lula Cox, passed away January 5th, after four days of intense suffering. The manner of the babies death makes it all the harder for the grief-stricken parents, and especially for the mother, who is almost prostrated with grief. It being their only child.
Mr. Cox was in a field some distance from the house plowing, and the mother had tied the little one in a rocking chair and was doing some outside chores. In some manner the chair was turned over against the stove in such a way that the baby lay with its face against the stove until it cries attracted the attention of Mrs. Cox, who came to its relief-but alas too late, the fatal work was done and little Denzie, after almost five days of intense suffering, passed to Him who said “Suffer the little children to come to me.”
The sorrowing and grief stricken parents have the sympathy of all their neighbors in this, the saddest hour of their lives.

Denzil Herbert Cox was born March 22, 1908, died January 5, 1909, aged 9 months and 14 days.
The funeral services were held at the Restitution church, Rev. Andrew McCash of Hazel Dell, officiating. Interment in the cemetery near by. The pall bearers were Misses Blanch Shadley, Nellie Congleton, Lela Slusser and Mrs. Edna Weaver.
Our little Denzil now has gone to dwell with Christ on high,
Has gone to join that happy throng where pleasures never die.
G. W. O.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (]

James Crawley
Meets Death on the Rail
James Crawley, one of the oldest engineers in point of service and age on the Cairo division of the Big Four was run over and killed near the round house at Lycom about 1 o'clock Friday morning.
Mr. Crawley has been with what is now the Cairo division of the Big Four, 25 years and was popularly known as Dad Crawley.
He was struck by a switch engine which was going tender first to the coal dock and thrown under it. The hostler knew nothing of the accident till sometime afterward when his remains were discovered by another employee of the company.
He resided at Mt. Carmel where he had a family.
[From the Marshall Republican, October 8, 1909 - Submitted by: Peggy Clark]

Edgar Croft
Marshall, IL - EDGAR CROFT, 84, of Route 4, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in Burnsides Nursing Home.
He was former manager of Prince and Wadsworth Stables at Chicago.
He was born November 16, 1901, in England to Thomas Croft and Mary Ellen (Therlfall) Croft.
Survivors include three sisters, Jennie Embree and Mary Croft of Laguna Hills, CA, and Doris Sims of England.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today in Shaw Chapel at Burnsides Nursing Home, with the Rev. Walter Volkers officiating.
Burial is Saturday in Pacific View Memorial Park at Newport Beach, CA.
Visitation is after 10 a.m. in the chapel. Pearce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
[Terre Haute Tribune Star - May 22, 1986 Submitted by: Larry Wells]

M.G. Cochenour died at 11 o'clock Monday after a long illness of heart trouble and complications, at his home, 1004 West Oregon Street. The decedent was born at Casey, Cumberland county, Illinois, March 25(?) 1843, being the son of David and Rebecca Cochenour.  15 years ago he left the place of his birth and went to California, remaining there about a year.  He returned to Charleston, this state, and after a short residence there, went to Terre Haute, Ind., where he remained until coming to Urbana six years ago. Mr Cochenour was married at Casey in 1870 to Miss Lizzie Galbreath, who died two years later, leaving a daughter, now Mrs. Elizabeth Rhue of Mattoon.  A few years later he was united with Lydia Geddes, and a daughter was also born to this union.  She is Mrs. Ida Long, wife of Rev. Edward Long of Decatur. there are two surviving sisters, Mesdames Mary Kilgore of Jasper county and Rebecca Emrich of Casey, and three brothers Perry L. of Chicago and Clark H. and
F.B., both of Casey.  Lewis, another brother, died 42 days ago at Vevay Park, Ill.  The deceased was a member of the Odd Fellows and of the United Brethren church.  Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. [Urbana Daily Courier, 17 March 1914]


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