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Ronald G. Landreth
Ronald G. LANDRETH was born June 14, 1949 in Fayette county, the son of Glen and Minnie Vernetta (Long) Landreth. On October 7, 1972 at Windsor, Illinois he married Connie Cook and to this union was born 2 daughters, Michelle and Marsha. Ron was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Before his illness he was a truck driver for Quality Pallets. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers in infancy and 2 sisters; Louise Jenkins and Wanda Adams. Ron entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 6, 2004 at 12:55 A.M. in his home. He was 54 years, 7 months and 22 days of age. He is survived by his wife Connie of Bible Grove, 2 daughters; Michelle (husband Kenneth) Fitzgerald of Effingham and Marsh (husband Michael) Muzzy of Bridgeport, 4 brothers; Joe (wife Barb) of LaClede, Garold (wife Cathy) of LaClede, Mike (wife Annette) of St. Peter, and Jim of Kankakee. 3 sisters MaryLou (husband Clyde) Murry of Flora, Irma (husband Jesse) Simmons of LaClede and Debbie (husband Mike) Smith of Farina and 6 grandchildren.

Cora F. Law
In memory of Cora F. Law, daughter of Matthew and Sarah Law, who died at her home seven miles south of Canton, McPherson county Kansas, April 16th, 1887.
Deceased was born in Flora, Clay Co., Ill., Feb. 19th, 1865, professed faith in Christ as a personal Savior under the labors of Rev. N. M. Powers in January or February 1881 and lived a devoted Christian life until her death. The good people of Flora knew the subject of this memoir too well to enter into the history of her life, but will mention a few things in regard to her sickness and death. She was sick nearly two years with consumption but was only bedfast a short time. She bore her affliction patiently, scarcely ever complaining but looking forward to the time when death would relieve her from her suffering. About an hour before she died she called her brother and sisters to her bedside, took each by the hand and bade them farewell and earnestly requested them to meet her in Heaven. She was conscious up to death and most certainly died the death of the righteous.
[The Weekly Journal Friday, April 29, 1887]

Samuel LaBlanc
Samuel LaBlanc was born in Montreal, Canada, March 15, 1874, and passed away at his home in Denver, Colo., Jan. 16, 1920. He had been in failing health since last November.
Mr. LaBlanc was united in marriage to Mrs. Rose Thrash-Rude August 12, 1919, in Denver, Colo. Mrs. LaBlanc lived in this city for a number of years, making her home with her aunt, Mrs. Retta Arbuthnet, on Second and Sycamore streets.
[Source: The Flora Record Feb. 5, 1920 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Adaline McNabb
Adaline McNabb, daughter of James H. and Phoebe McNabb, was born July 26, 1857; departed this life February 9, 1930, aged 72 years, 4 months and 13 days. She was united in marriage to John Alvoid, May 30, 1880, who preceded her in death September 12, 1913. To this union were born three children, Mrs. Cora Hance, of Lawrenceville, Illinois; B. M. Alvord, of Mouston, Texas, and Mrs. Phoebe Smith, of Sailor Springs, Illinois. She was married a second time to Richard Lee, November 25, 1915, and was a faithful companion until her death.
She united with the Methodist church at Rose Chapel in Indiana at the age of 16 years and changed her membership to Lathrop Chapel in 1894, and was always a faithful and devoted Christian.
She leaves her husband, three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Three brothers, Harvey, George and James, two sisters, Mrs. Eva Weisner and Mrs. Emma Ward; also a host of friends.
She has gone to be with God.
[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]

William Henry Levitt
William Henry Levitt, son of Michael and Mariah Nanning Levitt, was born in Posey county, Indiana, on October 3, 1844. At the age of 7 years, he came with his parents to Illinois and settled in Clay county on Levitt Prairie, near Sailor Springs.
On October 27, 1875, he was united in marriage to Drusilla Wammack, to which union came six children: Frank, of Clay City, Illinois; Cora, of Canton, Ohio; Alta, of Chicago, Illinois, and William, Delbert and Eldridge, of Sailor Springs, who with the faithful wife, 22 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, other relaives and a host of friends and neighbors, are left to mourn his going away, which occurred at the home of Eldridge, on the morning of February 6, 1930, aged 85 years, 4 months and 3 days.
In early manhood Brother Levitt began the Christian life and continued faithful to his belief of immortal life and a home prepared for all God’s children and with love could say:
So long thy power hat blest me, sure it still will lead me on; o’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone; and with the morn, those angel faces smile, while I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
[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]

Mrs. D. W. Lewis
Saturday morning about nine o’clock occurred the death of Mrs. D. W. Lewis, who had been sick for a long time. Her husband and all her children, excepting Mrs. Chas. Falley of San Antonio, Tex., were with her at the time of her death. Mrs. Lewis was a good woman and will be greatly missed, not only by her friends and loved ones here, but by traveling people from all over the country, who come here, as she has kept hotel here for many years and the respect of all by her hospitable and friendly manners. She leaves, besides her husband, six children: Clinton Lewis of Chicago; Grover Lewis of Elgin, Dr. S. A. Lewis of Lerna, Mrs. Fred Berthold of Hord, Mrs. Chas. Falley of San Antonio, Tex., and Miss Adaline, besides several grandchildren and other near relatives. The funeral was preached Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church, of which she was a member, by Rev. Brown of Louisville. A large crowd attended the funeral.:
[Source: Flora Journal Record (2 August 1923). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Luther Benjamin Lewis
Luther Benjamin Lewis was born in Lawrence county, Ind., April 11, 1842, departed this life Jan. 10, 1922 age 79 years, 9 months, 1 day. He came to Illinois in the year of 1875 and was married to Miss Ida M. McCullom Nov. 3 1878, to this union seven children were born; two, Leota and Harry preceded him to the better world in their youth. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and five children, namely Oscar, of Chicago; Laffeyette, of Flora; Mary Connerly, of Louisville; Frankie Shoot, of Dundas; and Lucille Ryan, of Mitchell, South Dakota, two grand childen, one half brother in West Virginia; three half sisters, two at Noblesville, Ind., and one in Ohio, besides a host of friends and neighbors.
Funeral services was conducted by Rev. Corwin of Flora, Jan. 13, after which the body was laid to rest in the Hoosier cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (2 February 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Olie Long
Olie Long, 96 of Edgewood, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Thursday August 31, 1995 at Lakeland Healthcare center, Effingham. She was born October 28, 1898 in Clay County, the daughter of Sherman and Minnie (Laye) Depoister. In 1916 she married Percy A. Long, he preceded her in death in 1980.Mrs. Long was a housewife and member of Edgewood Community Church. Survivors are two sons, Kenneth and his wife, Norma, of Effingham and Lawrence and his wife, Arlene of Tolono; two daughters, Ruby Sapp of Edgwood and Hazel Kreke of Effingham; brother, Clarence and his wife, Juanita, of Farina; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, a son (Percy Dwain), four brothers (Vernie, Roscoe, Roy and Oscar Depoister), two sisters (Annabell Depoister and Flossie Long), a grandson, and a great grandson. Services were held Monday at Pagel Funeral Home, Edgewood, with burial in Keens' Chapel Cemetery.

Flossie May Long
Mrs. Flossie May LONG, 73, formerly of Edgewood, passed away June 10 at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee. She was born in Clay County Sept 6, 1894 a daughter of Sherman and Minnie Lay DePoister and married George Long January 11, 1936 and had lived in Momence the past 23 years. She is survived by two daughters, Vernetta Landreth, Edgewood and Waunetta Long of Momence; five sons, Orville, Decatur; Arthur and Harold, Bradley; George and Dale of Momence; 30 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Olie Long; four brothers, Oscar, Roy, Clarence and Roscoe DePoister. Funeral services were held at 2 P.M. June 14 at Keens Chapel Church with burial in the church cemetery. Gerbel Funeral Home was in charge.



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