Clark County Illinois
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Isaac Daniels was born in Knox County, Ohio, September 6, 1836 and died at his home west of Marshall September 9, 1901. In October 1856, he married Margaret Johnson. Four children, one girl was born to them. The wife and children all survive.
The funeral services were held on Tuesday the 10th at the Clarksville Baptist Church, Rev. H.W. Huston officiating and the remains were interred in the cemetery nearby.
Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry

Karl I. Davee
Karl I Davee, 75, of Charleston, formerly of Mattoon, died at 9:35 a.m. Sunday in Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Schilling's Funeral Home with burial in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Rev. Oren Dees will officiate Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 3 p.m. today.
Mr Davee was born Sept 4, 1899. in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of John B. and Nellie Strader Davee. He married Grace Peterson, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by two sons, Karl Davee Jr and Jim Davee. both of Mattoon; three daughters, Mrs. Don (Kathlyn) Burge of Mattoon, Mrs. John (Louise) Winnett of Charleston and Mrs. Howard (Helen) Block of Sidney: and 15 grandchildren.
Mr. Davee was a retired farmer.
Monday, Oct. 28, 1971 Mattoon Journal Gazette

Dennie J. Davidson
Dennie J. Davidson, 61, of R.R. 2, Martinsville, IL passed away 6:09 pm Friday, April 4, 1997 at his home following an extended illness.
Mr. Davidson was born Dec. 17, 1935 at Paris, Il, to Dennis & Alice Scroggs Davidson.
He married Vineta Randolph on Dec. 26,1954.
Mr. Davidson was retired from the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Marshall Church of Christ and had driven a bus for the Marshall school district.
Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Gayle Davidson of Milboum, Fl, Kevin and Sheila Davidson of Marshall, Kent and Susan Davidson of Centerville, Ml, and Kirk and Melissa Davidson of Smyrna TN; brothers and sisters-in- law, Richard and Elvena Davidson of West Union and Donald and Pat Davidson of Charleston, Ill; ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert Lee Davidson.
Funeral Services were held tuesday, April 8, 1997 at 10:00 am at Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall with Rev. Carl Moran officiating. Burial was at the Franklin Cemetery at Chrisman, IL with military Graveside rites conducted by the Clark Co. Post # 90 of the American Legion and VFW Post #5975.
[From the Marshall Advocate - 14 Apr 1997 - Submitted by: Larry Wells]

Margaret Davis
MATTOON - The funeral for Mrs. Margaret Opal Davis will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Stark officiating. Burial will be in Branchside Cemetery , Gays. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.
Mrs. Davis, 70, of Gays was pronounced dead at the scene of a car-truck accident at 4:20 p.m. Monday (May 14, 1984). Mrs. Davis was eastbound on Western Avenue Road when her car and a pickup truck driven by Corkie A. Muller of Mode collided at an intersection.
Mrs. Davis was pronounced dead by Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed. No further details of the accident were released.
She was born Nov. 22, 1913, in Westfield , a daughter of Date Lee and Emma Jennie Johnson Arbogast. She married Lloyd Davis July 5, 1935, in Charleston . He survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Esther) White of Gays; her stepmother, Mrs. Lolita Arbogast of Charleston ; two sisters, Mrs. Ordano (Maxine) Wright of Neoga and Mrs. Gerald (Virenda) Spencer of Watsonville Calif; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son and two brothers.
Mrs. Davis was a member of Broadway Christian Church, Elect Lady Chapter No. 40 Order of Eastern Star and American War Mothers of Mattoon and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Sullivan. She formerly worked as a clerk at Lampert's Jewelry Store in Mattoon .
[Mattoon Journal-Gazette, May 18, 1984 - Submitted by: Tammy Elzy White,]

Sarah C. Davis
Mrs. Sarah C. Davis, the daughter of David and Lucy Baughman, was born at Oak Point, Clark County, Illinois, March 27, 1848, and embarked to the shores of the life beyond the grave on the morning of February 20, 1920. The duration of her earthly career being 71 years, 10 months, and 23 days.
On the 22nd of August 1867, she was married to James Davis. Unto them were born eleven children, four sons and seven daughters. Five, only of her children survive her. They are as follows: Rolla F. Davis, Mrs. Mary O. Shadley, wife of B. F. Shadley, J. Arthur Davis, Mrs. Lucy Detro, wife of Ferb Detro, and Mrs. Ella Roberts, wife of Amos Roberts.
When she was converted, she became a member of the Southern Methodist church on March 1, 1885; and 17 years ago this spring she became a member of the church of the United Brethren in Christ at Olive chapel, six miles south of Casey, where she retained her church membership until the time of her death.
She was stricken with paralysis just two years to the day prior to the day of her demise. While she made some improvement after paraletic stroke, she never fully recovered; but the immediate cause of her death was heart trouble.
For some time previous to her death, she has had premonitions of her going away, and lived in a way, some of her earlier years over again. She showed signs of distress by wondering what her little children would do without her.
She has gone to the House of Many Mansion, where there is no more pain, sorrow, nor distress, but where she may enjoy the blessings of eternity with her Redeemer.
Among many friends left behind her are an only brother, Jesse Baughman, her five children and a number of grandchildren to mourn.
Funeral services were conducted at the Olive chapel, U. B. church, on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 1920, by Rev. Myers and Sitzinger. Interment in the Baughman cemetery.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (]

Vernon Davis
Mattoon -- Vernon Lloyd Davis, 88, of Mattoon died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 28, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center .
The funeral will be held at 1:30 pm Monday at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with the Rev. William E Stark officiating. Burial will be in Branchside Cemetery, Gays. Visitation will be 5 to 7pm Sunday at the funeral home.
He was born Jan 23, 1912, in Clark County , the son of Frank and Isie Lahman Davis. He married Margaret Opal Arbogast in 1935. She died in 1984.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Esther) White of Winter Garden, Fla ; one sister, Edna Perisho of Westfield , and six grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son.
Mr. Davis retired as a shipper/tester from Young Radiator and had formerly worked at Hayes Freightlines. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and Moultrie County RSVP.
[Mattoon Journal Gazette, April, 1, 2000 - Submitted by: Tammy Elzy White,]

Nora Ethel Davison
Nora Ethel Davison, 90; of Danville, passed away at 9:34 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 7, 1989) at USMC, Logan Campus.
Born April 17, 1899, near Martinsville, Ill., the daughter of Geroge W. and Eva Reed Reedy.
She married Charles T. Watson and later married Edward D. Davison Dec. 15, 1969. He died on Feb 1, 1983.
Survivors: two daughters, Mary Evelyn Mockbee and Ethel Maureen Davis, both of Danville; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and five sisters.
Nora moved to Danville in the spring of 1928. She cared for children, elderly, and a friend for several years. She was converted at an early age and had remained a firm believer all her life. She was very much interested in missionary work to help the poor and needy.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday at Sunset Funeral Home, with Roger James officiating;
Burial: Ridgelawn Cemetery in Martinsville, Ill.
Visitation: one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. 1989, Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Iris Maxine Decker
Iris Maxine Decker was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Chambers of Westfield, Ill.
Maxine was born in Casey, Ill. July 5, 1918. Later the family moved to Westfield, Ill., where she attended the public school.
Maxine confessed Jesus Christ as her savior at the age of 14 and united with the Westfield United Brethern Church of which she was still a member. Maxine was a tireless worker in the church and will be missed by the church and many friends.
Maxine had a most lovable disposition and was loved by all who knew her.
She was united in marriage to Woodrow Decker of Casey, Ill., February 14, 1937. To this union was born a son, William Boyd.
Mrs. Decker had made her home in Casey, Ill., for more than a year until she passed away in the Effingham hospital Saturday, July 12, 1941. Maxine was 23 yrs. and 7 days of age.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Woodrow Decker and a small son, William Boyd, of Casey, Ill. Also her father and mother of Westfield, one brother Lloyd of Mt. Carmel and two sisters, Mary Emery of Albion, Ill. Wilma Jean at home. Besides these, Mrs. Decker leaves to mourn her passing, her many other relatives and a host of friends.
[July - 1941, Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh, niece of Iris Maxine Decker]

William T. Decker
November, 1979
William T. Decker, 41, 705 Southwest 2nd, Casey died Saturday, November 17, 1979 at 10:30 a.m. in Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind.
He attended grade school in Casey.
He was born April 19, 1938 the son of Woodrow and Iris Maxine (Chambers) Decker.
Surviving besides the father is: step-mother, Inez Decker, rural Casey; grandmother, Mrs. Maggie Pemberton, Robinson; one step-sister, Mrs. Martha Brezanoczy, Los Angeles, Calif.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Markwell Funeral Home in Casey with Rev. Hugh Smith officiating.
Burial will be in the Hurricane Cemetery. Friends may call today, Monday at the funeral home.
Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh, cousin of William Decker.
Lucille adds: "I don't know where the "T" came from as his name was William Boyd Decker, but will send it as it appeared in print."

Woodrow Decker
Casey - Woodrow Decker, 74, of Casey died at 2:20 a.m. Friday at Heartland Manor in Casey.
The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Markwell Funeral Home in Casey with the Rev. Hugh Smith officiating. Burial will be at Hurricane Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the Casey Veterans of Foreign War members. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
He was born July 7, 1913, in Coles County, a son of Venton and Florella Decker. He first married Iris Maxine Chambers. She died in 1941. He later married Inez Courtney. She survives.
Also surviving are one step-daughter, Martha Brezanoczy of Canyon Country, Calif.; four sisters, Vienna Hampsten and Velma Bowles, both of Casey, Buleah Jones of Mattoon and Elnora Hock of Toledo; one stepgrandchild and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Mr. Decker was a retired foreman for Inland Steel. He was a member of the Casey Moose Lodge and Casey VFW. He was a veteran of World War II.
[29 Jan 1988, Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh, niece of Woodrow Decker]

Florence Fasig Dengler
Services for Mrs. Florence Fasig Dengler,73, 2200 Garfield Ave., who died Tuesday in Union Hospital, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Callahan Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Chironna Jr., officiating.
Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Friends may call.
She was a retired employee of Indiana State University.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Edna McCosh, Terre Haute; and two brothers, Harold Fasig, Venice, Fla., and Arnold Fasig, Terre Haute.
[Wednesday, June 13, 1975 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Fannie Dinsmore
Fannie Dinsmore born in Kentucky sometime in 1839 or 1840, in slavery was reared in the family of Isaac Middleton, and came to Illinois with them after the close of the war. After their death she made her home with their son, Ignatious, and wife, until their death; then kept house for Henry Middleton until she was stricken with paralysis the 5th of September, 1918, and the 6th day of March, 1919, she was removed to the residence of Mrs. J. W. Robinson, 310 S. 7th, where she died the evening of March 31st, at 6:15.
The funeral services were conducted from their residence by Rev. Mathis, and was laid to rest in Casey cemetery.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (]

Chester Ditzenberger
The remains of Chester Ditzenberger, who died of consumption at Hindsboro, were brought here Saturday night and taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ditzenberger near Hatton.
Mr. Ditzenberger was aged 26 years and is survived by his wife and two young children. The funeral was preached Monday forenoon by Rev. Ernest L. Pletcher, pastor of the First M.E. church of Marshall.
Burial in Ziegler cemetery.
[From the Marshall Republican, March 26, 1909 - Submitted by: Peggy Clark]

Eliza Ann Doran
Eliza Ann Doran, daughter of James and Jane Doran, was born July 3, 1849, in Orange Township, and died June 2, 1920, aged 70 years and 11 months.
She was united in marriage to William A. Simmons, November 1, 1874, who passed to the great beyond 21 years ago. To this union were born 5 children, one son and 4 daughters; Oscar Simmons of West Union, Mrs. Daisy Hilbert of Darwin, Mrs. Bertha Bush of Marshall, Mrs. Katie Thompson of Darwin and Cora who died in infancy.
She leaves to mourn their loss 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
A short funeral service was held at Island Grove Church and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
From the Clark County Democrat, July 7, 1920 - Submitted by K. Ortman]

Thomas C. Doughty
Thomas C. Doughty was born in Casey, Ill., Oct. 10,1885, and at the time of his death was 31 years, 8 months and 23 days old. He was united in marriage with Erma Cartwright Jan 1, 1907. To this union two children were born, one having died in infancy, and Carl M., aged 6 years.
He accepted Christ as his loving Savior and was baptized Feb. 4, 1908. The deceased leaves a wife and son, mother, father, two sisters, one brother and many loving relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp., Clark County, IL. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (

George Tillman Downey
George T. Downey, 79, of 203 Fifth St. [Lincoln, IL], well known retired farmer, died Tuesday, November 7,1944, at 11:15 p.m. in St. Clara's Hospital following an extended illness.
He was born August 22, 1865, in Clark County, IL, a son of the late Ezekiel Hinton and Mary Ann Jones Downey. His marriage to Minerva French occurred Feb. 25, 1891, in the home of her parents, Ezekiel and Caroline French. they farmed in Logan county for 29 years before retiring to their present home in Lincoln in 1920. He worked many jobs: at the pottery, for various farmers around Lincoln, at Malloy's Resturant as a dishwasher and janitor. With his son Paul he ran a gasoline service station. he owned a farm in North Dakota which son Paul operated 1921-24. About 1936 Mr. Downey started a potato chip business in Lincoln.
Surviving are his wife and following children: Mrs.Grace McKinley, Chestnut; Mrs. Mary Reeder, Maywood; Paul Downey, Creve Coeur; Mrs. Alma fortman, Lincoln; Darwin Downey, Chicago and Raymond Downey, Decatur. There are 16 a grandchildrennd 7 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister
[From the Lincoln Courier -Nov. 1994 - Submitted by K. Ortman]

Harry Drake, William Henson
Wabash Claims Two More
Harry Drake of Terre Haute, 23 years old and a junior at Rose Poly was drowned while swimming at Terre Haute Sunday. His body was not found until Tuesday about a quarter of a mile from the place of the drowning.
Wm. Henson about 17 years old who was fishing in the Wabash near Darwin was drowned Thursday evening. A rope by which he was working his boat was broken suddenly throwing him into the water and although said to be a good swimmer he was drowned before assistance could arrive.
[From the Marshall Republican, August 13, 1909 - Submitted by: Peggy Clark]

Lizzie Dutro
Lizzie Dutro, widow of Geo. Dutro, died at her home, two miles south of Westfield, April 16th. She was buried at the M. E. church, Westfield, on Monday the 18th inst. Mrs. Dutro was a sister of Mr. Isaac Flennor, of Kansas.
[From the Charleston Plaindealer... Thursday, April 21, 1887 - Submitted by: K. Torp]


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