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Thomas Addison, son of John H. and Alice Neff was born six miles southeast of Flora, Ill. Sept. 29, 1887, died at his home April 2, 1926 after a lingering illness of several months.
He was united in marriage to Miss Lula Padgett of Lee County, Iowa July 31, 1909, at Fairfield, Ill. To this union five children were born, namely Walter, Howard, Marvin, Ruth and Charles, who with the mother, are left to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father. He leaves besides these a father, mother, two sisters, Mrs. Glen Hurd and Mrs. Icibinda Bloomfield, all of Canon City, Colo., and a devoted brother, Byron Neff, who has been a constant attendant at his bedside for the past four months, ministering to his every need and helping in every way possible to ease his suffering.
He was converted and united with the Harmony U.B. church about twelve years ago, during the pastorate of Rev. Reece and lived a faithful Christian life until called to be with his Saviour in that Heavenly home where sorrows never come.
He was a true and devoted husband, a loving father, and a good neighbor, always ready with a willing hand to assist those in need, and his death comes as a severe blow to the entire community, but is most keenly felt in his home by the wife and children who are left at an early age to assume the burdens and heavy responsibilities of life without a father’s care and advice.
Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too still for sound and foam
When that which came from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell
And after that the dark,
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. C. Fowler from the family residence on Sunday afternoon, burial was made in the Neff cemetery. (Source: Flora Journal Record--Thursday April 8, 1926)

Palm Beach Post, The (FL) - October 26, 1997
Age 78, of Lake Placid, FL died Friday, October 24, 1997 at Florida Hospital Orlando. Born in Xenia, Illinois he had been a resident of Lake Placid for the past 15 years moving from Delray Beach, Florida. He was the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Florida Hospital Lake Placid, Medical Director of the Highlands County Emergency Services, U.S. Army WW II Veteran, Licensed Methodist Episcopal Church Minister, member of the V.F.W. Post #3880 in Lake Placid, American Legion Placid Post #25, in Lake Placid, and his favorite charities were Nu-Hope of Highlands County and the Y.M.C.A.
He is survived by his wife, Angela P.; four sons, Charles D., Jr. of Lakeland, Andrew of Ft. Payne, AL, Steven C. and Gregory S., both of Lake Placid; three daughters, Linda Farnes of Lake Placid, Teresa Deen of Brattleboro VT, and Barbara Nichola of Cheney, WA; two brothers, Gene of Lake Placid and Burl of Zenia, IL; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 30, 7 pm, at the Memorial United Methodist Church, Lake Placid with Rev. W. Ernest Dorrell and Chaplain Brian Pleasants officiating. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Highlands County Emergency Medical Services Support Squad, 4500 George Blvd., Sebring FL 33872.
Arrangements under the direction of the SCOTT FUNERAL HOME in Lake Placid, Florida.

The one case of diphtheria at Xenia resulted seriously. Evelyn Akes daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Akes, died on Thursday, nine days after the first attack. The heart became weak and the relapse was too great. Funeral service was indeed a sad one, owing to conditions which must be imposed in such cases. No one was permitted to enter the home. Mother and father and one aunt were the only grown people in the home except Dr. Bryan who attended the case. A public funeral was impossible, but Rev. Foutz made a short talk at the gate after the casket had been removed to the yard, where a few friends had gathered, which was very impressive and consoling. This and two songs by the male quartett, served as a funeral service under such quarantined conditions. The family feels very thankful to the friends and neighbors for their many tokens of sympathy in so sad a time. The child was 12 years of age.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (17 February 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Gene H. Akes, 75, Lake Placid and Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Xenia, auto mechanic, died Friday (March 24, 2000). Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia, with military rites. [Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - March 28, 2000]

Age 75 of Lake Placid & Boynton Beach, FL formerly of Xenia, IL, passed away Friday, March 24, 2000 in Lake Placid, FL. Born July 17, 1924 in Xenia, IL, son of Bert Akes and Clela Westcott. He was a WWII Army veteran. He married Nova Powless on October 14, 1946 in Morganfield, Kentucky.
Survived by wife, Nova, Lake Placid, FL; a son & daughter-in-law, Robert Akes and wife Pat, Friendswood, TX; a daughter & son-in-law, Sharon Caves and husband, Gene, Lake Placid, FL, several nieces & nephews also survive, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.
Services will be Thursday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora, IL, with Pastor Bruce Horsely, officiating. Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia, IL with military rites. Visitation 6-8 pm Wednesday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home. Memorials to Life Path Hospice, Lake Placid, FL. [Palm Beach Post, The (FL) - March 28, 2000]

Hazel E. Akes, 82, of Xenia, died at 6:40 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, at St. John"s Hospital, Springfield. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Frank and Bright Funeral Home, Flora. Pastor Bruce Horsley will officiate at the services. Burial will be at the Oddfellows Cemetery, Xenia. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Xenia Community Church or Clay County Cancer Fund. Mrs. Akes was born on July 22, 1919 in Clay County. The daughter of Charles E. and Viola Fern (Baker) Frye. She married Burl Akes on April 7, 1950 in Piggot Ar. He died Sept. 28, 1998. She was a member of the Xenia Community Church and Ladies Auxillary of the Church. Survivors include two sons, Keith Colclasure of Taylorville, John Akes and wife Tammy of Xenia; and one stepdaughter, Betty Jean of Amarillo TX; two brothers Bob Frye and wife Evelyn of Newark, DE; Gerald "Jud" Frye and wife Betty of Lady Lake, FL; and one sister, Maxine Wieldt of Flora. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sons, two brothers and one grandson. (Submitted by

Louisville - Itha ALLEN, 90, of Louisville, died at 9:10 a.m. Saturday in Clay County Hospital, Flora.Mrs. Allen was born on Sept. 1, 1889, in Clay County, the daughter of David and America Rinehart Fitzgerald. She was a member of the Wabash Baptist Church.She is survived by sons, Ianthus and Varlin of Louisville; Lloyd of Champaign; Leonard and Lindell of Xenia; Robert of Iola; daughters, Roberta of Louisville; Dantzell Foster, Cleora Dawkins and Delores Greenwood, all of Flora; and Clotilla Rodgers of Rinard; sister, Inez Cruse of Mansfield; 23 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Neal Funeral Home, Louisville, with Bro. William Dickmann officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be in Christian Home Cemetery.

John P. Alexander was born near Bellaire, Ohio December 1, 1944, and died March 1, 1922, at the age of 77 years and 3 months.
He was married January 9, 1882, to Hattie M. Hart of Flora, Ill. He moved with his family from Illinois to Moscow, Idaho, in 1886, later locating on Cedar Creek Ridge, where he has lived for 36 years, being one of the pioneers of the ridge. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and was highly respected by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, three sons--Clyde of Winchester, Idaho, Addison and Louis of Linden, one daughter, Mertie Stone of Lewiston, one sister, Mrs. Rena Neff of Flora, Ill., one nephew, Clement Israel of Linden, also seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 o’clock at the Gold Hill church by Rev.Pressnell. Kendrick Gazette, Kendrick Idaho, Mar. 10, 1922.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (13 April 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Jasper R. Anderson, son of Joseph and Eliza Anderson was born October 18, 1858, in Songer township, and died May 21, 1930, age 71 years, 7 months and 3 days. He spent his entire life with the exception of school days, in Songer township. He was a graduate of Valparaiso University, graduating in Teachers, Scientific and Engineering courses.
On March 14, 1888, he was united in marriage to Laura Anderson to which union two children were born Olis Clare and Elsie Fay. He is survived by his wife, bothe children, one brother, David, and a sister, Mrs. Welcome Anderson, besides innumerable friends. One brother and three sisters have preceded him in death. Thirty-seven years ago he united with the United Presbyterian church of Xenia Prairie and remained a faithful member until it was disorganized a short time ago. He was interested in the raising and improving of ???? stock. He was a successful teacher having taught about fifteen years. He held the office of county surveyor for several years.
His fairness, honesty and desire to always do what was right was recognized by all. He was untiring in his energy and successful in his undertakings. He was devoted to his home and friends and showed this by his unselfishness and thought for the happiness of others.
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me;
And may there be no moaning at the bar,
When I put out to sea.
Far tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face,
When I have crossed the bar.
[Source: Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

XENIA -Paul F. Anderson, 87, Xenia, retired school teacher, died Wednesday (Feb. 8, 1995). Member: First United Presbyterian Church, Flora. Survivors: daughters, Phyllis Shidaker, Champaign; Doris Songer, Sterling; Carol Newton, Xenia; Judy Mearns, Flora; Alice Williams, Newton; Marsha Taylor, Flora; brother, Charles, Flora; sister, Irma Ruckman, Xenia; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents, wife, Mildred, one brother; one grandson. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday, First United Presbyterian Church, Flora. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora. Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia. Memorials: First United Presbyterian Church or Flora Academic Foundation.
[Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - February 10, 1995]

Emiline, daughter of Gabriel and Sarah Kneff, was born in the state of Ohio, November 12, 1846; departed this life June 27, 1924, age 77 years, seven months and 15 days.
In early childhood she emigrated to Clay county, Illinois, where she spent the rest of her life.
She was united in marriage to B. T. Atherton July 24, 1870. This union was fruitful of two daughters, who are living, and who cared for their aged mother, since the death of their father September 18, 1908.
In her young girlhood she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the United Brethren church at Halterman school house 1868 or 1869, later transferred to Harmony, where she was a consistent member until death; though in later years she was not permitted to attend services on account of her afflictions, yet her faith and hope was anchored in Jesus.
She leaves to mourn her death two daughters, Mrs. Ella A. Dobbs, and Mrs. Carrie Robertson, both of Flora; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; two brothers, T. R. Kneff of Flora, Rev. J. H. Kneff of Canon City, Colo., one sister, Mrs. A. L. Finch of McNeil, Ark., and a number of other relatives and friends.
Aunt Emiline was a loving mother, a good neighbor and kind friend. She will be sadly missed, yet we feel that our loss is her eternal gain.
Funeral services were held from Harmony church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. G. L. Good officiating. Burial at Kneff cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (3 July 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Death of Dorothy Pauline Atkinson, daughter of Mrs. Jewel Atkinson. Mrs. Jewel Atkinson was formerly Miss Jewel Bradley of Flora, Ill. Dorothy Pauline was born in Detroit, Mich., Sept 18, 1925, and answered the early call to the Lord May 30, 1926, being 8 months and 12 days old.
“If thou shalt be in heart a child,
Forgiving, tender, meek and mild,
Though with little strains of earth defile,
Oh Soul, it shall be well.”
Interment in Elmwood cemetery Wednesday, June 2. Rev. Hayward had charge of the services.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (10 June 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Robert S. Ayers, one of the oldest citizens of Fairfield, passed away Wednesday morning about two o’clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John A. McLin, on west Delaware street. He had suffered a stroke of paralysis last Thursday, but was conscious to the last day of his life. He was 87 years of age last November. For the past sixteen years of his life he had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. McLin. He leaves four daughters and one son: Mrs. Stella, wife of John A. McLin; Mrs. Wilmoth, widow of the late Solon P. Hill of Guymon, Okla.; Mrs. Orilla, wife of J. H. Lewis, of Bridgeport, Ill.; Mrs. Jessie, wife of J. H. Monroe, of Bowie, Texas, and Prof. Granville T. Ayers, of Guymon, Okla.
Mr. Ayers frequently visited at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. P. Hill, during her residence in Flora.
Mrs. Hill and Prof. G. T. Hill of Guymon, Okla., and Mrs. J. H. Lewis of Bridgeport, were present at the funeral, which was held at the McLin home in Fairfield last Friday.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (6 May 1920). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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