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Eugene England
Eugene "Gene" R. England, 86, of Flora, IL died at 3:55 PM Monday, January 30, 2012 in Flora, IL.  Gene was born March 27, 1925 in Ramsey, IL to Frank and Edna (Depew) England.  He  married Jerrie Pigg in Biloxi, MS and she preceded him in death on March 27, 2002.  He had worked for Sohio and BP Oil Companies, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, was a member of First Church of God of Flora, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Gene loved his family very much and cherished the times when he got to see his great-grandchildren.  He is survived by his son: Terry (Donna) England of Kalkaska, MI; daughter-in-law, Billie England of Flora; brother, Jackie (Janice) England of Decatur; sister, Hazel Farber of Minnesota; sister-in-law, Judy England of Decatur; 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a son (Larry England); 5 brothers, and 2 sisters.  The funeral service for Gene England will be held at 2 PM Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the First Church of God in  Flora with Pastor Richard Artis officiating.  Burial  will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora, with full military honors.  Visitation will be from 4-9 PM Friday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.
    [The Daily Clay County Advocate-Press; Flora, IL. note: his wife was Jerrie Pauline Pigg born 22 Sept 1919 in Jefferson County, IL and died 27 March 2002.  Her parents were Henry B. and Mary Estelle (White) Pigg of Jefferson County, IL.  She too is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Leroy Ivan Etchason

Leroy Ivan, youngest child of Maude and Walter Etchason, was born in Flora, Ill., Aug. 15, 1923, passed away at 8:00 o clock p.m., July 29, 1925, age 1 year, 11 months, 14 days after an illness of two weeks.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother. He leaves a mother, father, two sisters, Erma and Cletis, two brothers, Leland and Leslie, to mourn their loss, besides a host of relatives and friends. Little Leroy bore his suffering with great patience, never crying during his entire illness.
My Lord had need of these flowerets gay,
The Reaper said, and smiled;
Dear tokens of the earth are they
Where he was once a child.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Martin. Interment was made in Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (6 August 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Martha A. Evans

POCAHONTAS, AR--Mrs. Martha Ann Evans, 98, of Pocahontas, passed away last Thursday (Aug 26, 1982) in the Corning Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 29, 1883 in Clay County, Illinois, a daughter of the late Irvin and Rebecca Meeks Pond. Her husband, William Ryburn Evans preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Raymond Evans of Pocahontas; three daughters, Mrs. Lora Athy of Pocahontas, Mrs. Edna Brooks of Maynard and Mrs. Nadine Romack of St. Joseph, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Cecil Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Maynard Cemetery with McNabb's in charge. Pallbearers were Alvin Evans, Doyle Athy, Edsell Brooks, Leslie and Dale Brooks, and Pete Evans.
["Pocahontas Star-Herald", Sept 2, 1982; contributed by Freda Roberts]



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