Clark County Illinois
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Obituaries and
Death Notices


Abigail Parker
Mrs. Abigail Parker, widow of the late J. A. Parker, a veteran of the Civil war, died Sunday at the home of her son, J. A. L. Parker, southeast of town, following an illness of several weeks, at the age of 82 years. Mrs. Parker was one of the older residents of the community, in point of age and of years spent in this vicinity,. She had been a continuous resident of this vicinity since she was seventeen years of age and has always had the esteem and respect of the people of the community.
Funeral services were held at the residence of her son, where she had made her home for a number of years, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Curtis Williams of Robinson, and interment was in the Parker cemetery, beside her husband and other relatives gone on before.
Abigail Shoemaker was born in Ohio March 24, 1837. At the age of seventeen she moved to Coles County, Illinois where she resided for about one year. On April 29, 1855 she was united in marriage to J. A. Parker, and to this union were born seven children, Mrs. Urana Gilbert, Sanford, Joseph, John, Mrs. Anna King of Oilton, Okla. Sanford, Joseph and an infant daughter have preceded her to the other world. She is also survived by one step-daughter, Mrs. Belle Sewell of Parkersburg, W. VA, 27 grand children, and one sister, Mrs. Emily Brooker of Topeka, Kansas.
The deceased, with her husband, spent their entire lives after their marriage in Westfield and vicinity. She was converted early in life and joined the Missionary Baptist church and remained faithful to her church and true to her Master until death, and we feel sure that our loss is her gain. She answered the Master's call of death April 27, being 82 years, 1 month and 3 days of age, and was buried on the 64th anniversary of her marriage to Mr. Parker.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to all the friends and neighbors for the many kindnesses and expressions of sympathy and the assistance given during the sickness and death of our mother, and we, with the minister, wish to especially thank those who furnished music and other assistance at the funeral.
The Children and Families
[The Westfield Review, Thursday Evening May 1, 1919 - Submitted by Lucille J. Staugh]

R. Pauline Parker
Shelbyville - R. Pauline Parker, 83, of Shelbyville, formerly of Findlay, died at 3:09 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 23, 1995) at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery near Findlay. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
She was born Feb. 14, 1912, in Westfield, the daughter of John and Zona Moore Rogers. She married Virgil (Red) Parker; he died in 1978.
Survivors include a daughter, Vivian Kelly of Shelbyville; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son and a daughter.
Mrs. Parker had worked at the Coast to Coast Store in Shelbyville for many years. She was a member of the Shelby County Home Extension, the United Methodist Church of Findlay and the Domino Club.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
[Mattoon Newspaper - Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh]

Virgil Parker
Virgil Parker dies, funeral held Sunday.
Funeral services for Virgil (Red) Parker, 86, of Findlay were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lockart-Rhea Funeral Home in Findlay. Burial was in Wright Cemetery near Findlay.
Mr. Parker died at 5:20 p.m. Thursday in the Shelby County Memorial Hospital.
Born May 5, 1892 in Westfield, he was the son of John and Margaret King Parker. He married Pauline Rogers April 23, 1930, and he was a member of the United Methodist Church in Findlay.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline; daughter, Mrs. Walter (Vivian) Kelly of Shelbyville; brother, Austin Parker of Westfield; sister, Mrs. Vivian Marrs of Westfield; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.
One son, one daughter, two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
From The Findlay Enterprise, Findlay, Illinois Friday, June 23, 1978 - Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh, 1st cousin twice removed of Virgil Parker

Margaret Evelyn Pemberton
Margaret Evelyn Pemberton, daughter of Gib and Mary Voltenburg, was born at Martinsville, Ill. March 17, 1894 and passed away in the Ridgeview Nursing Home at Oblong, Ill. January 25, 1982 at 87 years of age.
She was united in marriage to Everett (Slim) Chambers on August 5, 1910. Four children were born to this union. Mr. Chambers passed away April 9, 1955. One son, Lloyd, and one daughter, Mrs. Maxine Decker, also preceded her in death.
She lived many years in the Westfield vicinity. On October 3, 1956 she was married to Otis Pemberton and he passed away in 1972. The past 25 years of her life were spent in Oblong.
She is survived by: two daughters, Mrs. Mary V. Emery of Oblong, Ill. and Mrs. Wilma Jean Tefft of Westfield, Ill., 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Two grandchildren preceded her in death.
Mrs. Pemberton accepted Christ as her Savior at 13 years of age and became a member of the Christian Church in Kansas, Ill.
Submitted by: Lucille J. Staugh, granddaughter of Margaret Evelyn Pemberton, who adds: "the obituary does not mention her place of burial, but she is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Westfield, Illinois, beside her first husband, Everett Robert Chambers. "
[c. January 1982]

Clarence Arthur Pence
Clarence Arthur Pence, son of Albert and Alice Pence, was born near Tecamah, Nebraska, October 29, 1885.
He came to Illinois at the age of nine years and attended elementary school at Casey. The family moved to the Cleone community where he grew to manhood.
He married Sallie Best, daughter of Simon and Laura Best on February 2, 1907. To this union was born four children, three sons and one daughter: Don, of Rankin; Paul, who died in infancy; Olen, of Martinsville; and Laura Stricklett of Martinsville. He also leaves three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; also three sisters and one brother; Dema McNabb of Indianapolis; Juanita Inglert of Brasil, Ind; Veloia Hamond of Montebelia, Calif, and Fred of Whittier, California.
Mr. Pence was the old Clark Co. Fair Association President and Director, Director of present Martinsville Agriculture Fair, Director 30 years and treasurer 12 years of the Marshall Mutual Insurance Co., Director 12 years of Pana-Hillsboro Mutual Cyclone Insurance Co.
One of the orangizers and Directors for many years of the Clark County Farm Bureau, President from 1944-1947. Director of Producers Livestock Marketing Association of Indianapolis.
He departed this life on December 22, 1956, at the age of 73 years, one month, and 22 days. His demise was unexpected, as he had been active up to the time of his death.
His passing will be mourned by all who knew him and he will long be remembered for the qualities which made him honored.
[c. 1956 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Lucinda Frances (Watson) Pence
Lucinda Frances (Watson) Pence was born in Clark county, Indiana, August 17, 1851 and after nearly 71 years of life her weary body entered in rest at Tekamah, Nebraska, April 20, 1922. When a babe she moved with her parents to Clark county Illinois, and there grew to womanhood. At Martinsville, in that county, she was married to Joseph Pence October 7, 1875.
The new home was in Lincoln, Ill. until 1881, when they moved to Burt County Nebraska, which has since been their home, excepting two years in western Nebraska, in 1914 the residence was taken up in Tekamah. There came into the home three children, Edwin, who died in infancy, Mrs. Clarence Snyder who passed away recently and Mrs. Herman Lester of Tekamah who joins with the father in their bereavement. She was also a mother of two a nephew and a niece who came into the home on the death of a brother of Mr. Pence, they are Joseph Pence and Mrs. Eva Anderson. She joined the Christian church at Arizona about 20 years ago and has been a faithful follower of the Master.
She made a home for her granddaughters, Mrs. Helen Beaver and Mrs. Lois Schaefer while they were in the high school, and was a mother to them.
Besides these eight other grandchildren, William Lester, Annie Lester, George, Fred and Edwin Lester; also Vesta, Fred and Wilma Snyder; four sisters, Mrs. Sarah Wildy; Mrs. Alice Pence, Mrs. Mollie Sanderson and Mrs. Josephine Warkin all of Terre Haute, Indiana and three brothers John Watson of Terre Haute; Robert of Stoneford, Ill. and Jack of Martinsville, Ill. and other relatives, nieces and nephews join with the immediate family in morning the death of one who in spite of being a shut in brought sunshine and cheer.
Funeral services at the home on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Jackson in charge. Interment was had in the Tekamah cemetery.
Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mrs. Joseph Markin and son, Terre Haute, Ind; Mr. Jack Watson, Martinsville, Ill; Mr. Commodore Beaver, York Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pence and son, Mo. Valley, Iowa; Mrs. Etta Wolfe, Wilma Snyder, Omaha and Mrs. C. E. Bean, Lyons.
[c. 1922 - Submitted by: H. Lee Watson]

Sallie Best Pence
Sallie Best Pence, 87, of rural Martinsville, passed away Saturday night, August 11, at the Casey Nursing Home, where she had been taken after having a stroke Friday night at the home of her son, Olen.
She was a daughter of Simon and Laura Tarble Best and was born February 28, 1887 at Cleone where she spent her entire life. She married Clarence Pence February 2, 1907.
To this union was born three sons, and one daughter: Don of Rankin, Ill, Paul, who died in infancy, Olen of Martinsville, Ill. and Laura Stricklett of Jacksonville, Ill. She also leaves three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Clarence preceded her in death in 1956.
She was a member of the Pentecost Church of Cleone and the Ever Ready Club. She was known at Aunt Sallie to a great many people who knew and loved her.
She will be greatly missed by all and remembered for her love for everyone.
[DATE UNKNOWN - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider ]

Berdena Phillips
Berdena Phillips, infant daughter of Otto H. and Elva Phillips, born Jan. 18,1908, died Aug. 2,1908 aged 6 months and 5 days. She leaves a father, mother and two little brothers, Virgil and Harry. Everything that the loving hearts of father and mother could do was done for the relief of their loved child. The little one had been quite a delicate child all her life until the past month when she began to improve so rapidly that her parents had great hopes of her little life being spared to them until Saturday noon she was taken sick quite suddenly and at 7 o’clock Sunday morning God called his flower home. The treasure of that home passed beyond to meet him without a struggle of resistance. Although the home is dark and lonely in this sad hour the loved ones have a hope of meeting little Berdena in that bright home above.
The funeral services were held at the family residence Monday morning, Aug. 3, at 9:30 a.m., Rev. W. L. ??rkins officiating. Interment in Casey cemetery. Text, 1st Chron., 29:15.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (]

Charles Wayne Phillips
Died --- Charles Wayne Phillips, infant son of Otto H. and Elva Phillips was born September 19,1916 and died September 15,1917, age 11 months and 27 days. He leaves a father, mother and 4 brothers Virgil, Harry, Raymond and Buras; two sisters and brother wait for him in the great beyond. Little Wayne had been sick only a week and at 7:00 o’clock Saturday morning God called his flower band. Altho the home is dark and lonely in this sad hour the loved ones have a hope of meeting Wayne in that bright home above. The funeral services were held at the Southern M.E. church Sunday afternoon. Rev. Mathias officiating.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (]

Benjamin F. Piersall
Benjamin Piersall Succumbs Tuesday....
Benjamin F. Piersall passed away in the Paris hospital at 9:30 Tuesday morning following several weeks illness. He was 72 years of age. (1962)
Mr. Piersall was born southeast of Casey, the son of John and Emily Miller Piersall. He was a retired telegraph operator and lived in Banning California until last August when he returned to Casey.
Surviving are one son, Boyd C. (Jack) Piersall of Logansport, Indiana; two brothers Dick Piersall of Martinsville, and Dave Piersall, east of Casey, three sisters, Mrs. John Y. Smith, and Mrs. Lula Andrews, both of the Casey vicinity, and Mrs. Albert Smith of Robinson, and five grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Lindsey Funeral Home, where funeral services will be conducted Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, with Rev. Hugh Smith officiating. Internment will be in the Casey Washington street cemetery.
[ca. 1962 - Submitted by: Janice Louie]

Emma Piersall
Services Sunday for Mrs. Emma Piersall....
Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Piersall were held at the home west of Martinsville, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. J.A. Stout of this city officiating. Burial was in the Casey Cemetery. Mrs. Piersall died Thursday at the age of 80 years.

[Submitted by: Janice Louie ]

Erma Elnora Baird Piersall
Martinsville- Mrs. Harold (Erma Baird) Piersall, 66, of Indianapolis, Indiana formerly of Martinsville died 5:12 p.m. Thursday (November 18, 1982) in Golden Rule Nursing Home, Danville, Indiana.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, with visitation after 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville.
Mrs. Piersall was born in Martinsville, daughter of Everett and Clara Baird. She married Harlold D. Piersall in 1935.
Surviving are her husband, son Boyd Lee of Brownsburg, Indiana; daughter, Karen Pickens of North Salem, Indiana, brother J.I. Baird of Martinsville; sisters, Madge Arney, Beaulah Millis, and Letha Zellers, all of Martinsville; Kay Wood of West Terre Haute, Indiana, and Elaine Clark of Findlay, Ohio. And Five Grandchildren.
[From the Decatur Daily Review, ca. 1982 - Submitted by: Janice Louie]

John Piersall
Funeral services for John Piersall, age 92, who passed away at 5:30 o'clock Friday morning at the Fox Home in Casey, were held at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville, with the Rev. Hugh Smith officiating.
Mrs. Kelley Spittler and Mrs Hurbert Deahl sang, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Lowell Bennett. Pallbearers were grandsons, and those assisting with flowers were granddaughters. Mr. Piersall had been in poor health for the past several months.
Surviving are: three sons, Dick of Martinsville, Dave of Casey, and B. F. Piersall of California, and three daughters, Mrs. Lula Andrews, Mrs. Kate Smith and Mrs. Mary Smith all of Casey.
[Submitted by: Janice Louie ]

Lizzie Blanche Hicks Piersall
Lizzie Blanche Piersall, daughter of Allen and Mossy (Weir) Hicks, was born August 20, 1889 in Clark county, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Dick Piersall on January 18, 1908.
She is survived by her husband; one son Harold Piersall, of Clermont, Indiana. Two grandchildren, Boyd Piersall and Mrs. Karen Pickens, both of Brownsburg, Indiana. Four Great grandchildren, Susan and Sandra Piersall, and Lorne and Wayne Pickens, all of Brownsburg, Indiana. Four sisters, Mrs. Nora Dick, Mrs. Maude Medsker, and Mrs. Ola Hagar all of West York, Illinois. Mrs. Ruby Edington, Oblong, Illinois, one brother Roy Hicks, West York, Illinois. One brother Jesse Hicks and sister, Mrs. Leona Prust, preceded her in death.
She passed away at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Indiana on December 15, 1969 at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 25 days.
Funeral services were held at the Greenwell Funeral Home with Reverend Gale Barkalow officiating. Burial was in Ridgelawn Cemetery.
[Submitted by: Janice Louie ]

Katherine Bowman Pringle
Katherine Bowman Pringle dies at 101
Chandler, Ariz- Memorial services for longtime Casper resident Katherine Bowman Pringle, 101, will be held in Casper at a later date. Cremation has taken place.
Mrs. Pringle died Jan. 15, 1997, at Chandler Health Care Center in Chandler, Ariz., with her son and daughter at her bedside.
She was born April 13, 1895, in Martinsville, Ill., to David and Alice Boone Fasig. She attended school in Martinsville and graduated from Illinois State Normal School for teachers.
In June, 1917, she moved to Casper with her husband and baby daughter.
In April, 1925, she was married to Stephen G. Pringle.
Preceding her in death were her son, Lt. Richard "Dick" Bowman in 1946; husband Stephen in 1963 and a grandson in 1981.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Lytle of Casper and Eileen Juster, with whom she moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1982; two sons, George Bowman of Visalia, Calif., and Harry Pringle of Casper; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
[c. Jan 1997 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider ]

Grant Pritchard
Grant Pritchard , jeweler and lifelong resident of Marshall, died Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute.
He is survived by the widow, Lola; one daughter, Mrs. Faith Somerville, Marshall, and two grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Moore Funeral Home.
[Terre Haute Tribune Star - September 7, 1946]

Lola A. Pritchard
Mrs. Lola A. Pritchard, widow of Grant Pritchard, died Tuesday evening at her home here.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. George Somerville of Marshall; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Moore Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Dr. Guy Cox and Rev. Paul Francis will officiate, and burial will be in Marshall cemetery.
[Terre Haute Tribune - July 14, 1948]

Mrs. J. I. Purcell
Died – Mrs. J. I. Purcell of Westfield, Illinois, died at her home in that city yesterday.  She was the mother of Mrs. S. E. Brown of Eugene, who received the sad news yesterday afternoon.  Mrs. Brown started East on today’s 10:50 local to attend the funeral.
Daily Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) Monday, February 13, 1899
Jim Dezote


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