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Obituaries and Death Notices

Lester Jones

Death has again been in our midst, and taken one we loved to his eternal home. Lester was the son of Si and Alice Jones, and we have always been such close friends, and loved each other so that Lester seemed almost like one of our boys. It was with a sad heart we bade him good-by, “but we sorrow not as those who have no hope,” for we know that death doesn’t end all; but is only the beginning of real life. True death is sad but to the Christian it as no terrors, for we are journeying to that city whose builder and maker is god. Just a short time before Lester’s spirit left us we had a little talk with him and we asked him if he was trusting in Jesus to forgive his sins, and to receive him unto Himself. He looked up into our face so earnestly, and he knew everything so well, and told us he was, suffering untold agony, and yet he had a look of peace on his face. We trust he is with his dear mother today, praising the Blessed Christ that suffered and died for us, and we believe they will be waiting for us “just inside the Eastern Gate.” And may his early death be a warning to all, old as well as young, and cause them to repent of sin, and accept Christ as theier personal Savior from sin. And may the Hold Spirit comfort his bereaved father, and may they at last be an unbroken family in our “Fathers House of many mansions” where we will never say good by.
No parting words shall e’re be spoken, in that bright land of flowers, but songs of joy and peace, and gladness, shall ever more be ours.
[Southern Illinois Journal Friday, May 10, 1907]

Nancy Jones
Nancy Jones was born in Rush county, Ind., March 4th, 1826, died February 27th, 1915, age 88 years, 11 months and 23 days.
She was united in marriage to Uriah J. Martin June 23rd, 1844. They moved the same year to Clay county, Illinois, locating on a farm west of Xenia. To this union were born seven children, four sons and three daughters. The husband and four children having preceded her to the better world, Martha J., Alexander M. and Lincoln, together with 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild survive her.
She was united with the Zion Cumberland Presbyterian church in the year 1862, being one of the charter members of this congregation.
She was married to George W. Coplin, June 24th, 1873, who died July 18, 1911.
Funeral services were conducted from Onstott church Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. by Rev. J. E. McCracken.
[Southern Illinois Record Thursday, March 11, 1915]



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