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Obituaries and Death Notices

Sarah C. Naney
Death Due to Meningitis, Hastened On By Injuries Received From Fall
    On New Year s day at 8:40 p. m. occurred the death of Sarah C. Naney at her home at the corner of Locust and Sixth St. Her immediate death was caused by a fall which she sustained thirteen days previous, and which resulted in cerebral meningitis.    The funeral services were held at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o clock, conducted by her pastor, Elder Mr. Lindenmeyer. Interment in the Elmwood cemetery.
Sarah C. Slade was born in Elizabethtown, Ind., Jan. 16, 1854. She had thus reached the age of 62 years, 11 month and 15 days at the time of her demise.    She was the third child of a family of eleven children born to David Slade and his wife, Treasey Draper Slade. She came to Clay county with her parents in childhood and has resided here continuously, with the exception of a few years spent in Rinard, Cisne and Tower Hill.    She was united in marriage to D. Naney, March 21, 1878, in Cisne, Ill. To this union three children were born. viz: Edna May, died in infancy; the living are Elmer E. Naney of Mansfield, Ohio; and Nellie Alyne, wife of Jack Hodges. She also leaves five grand children, Margaret and Dorothy Naney and Nolon, Norval, and Alyne Hodges. She also leaves three brothers, Aaron B., David M. and Sammy H. Slade, who mourn with her husband the sad taking away of their loved one.
    Mrs. Nancy united with the Christian church in this place at the age of 12 years under the ministry of Elder R. B. Henry. Her life was ???? of constant devotion to the church and loyal service to Jesus Christ. For a half century it has been her joy to render a faithful service to her Lord. At the time of her death she was president of the Christian Woman s Missionary Society, taught the Junior girls in the Bible school and was a very active member of the Ladies Aid. She was naturally of a happy, cheerful disposition, strong in faith, gentle and thoughtful in life, patient in suffering, serving the Lord constantly, regular in her attendance at all the services of the church; she was lenient and charitable in her thought towards others; she had a generous heart and nothing gave her more pleasure than to minister to some one in need. She was a good neighbor, a kind and loving mother, a true, faithful and affectionate wife; one of God s saints.    Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Naney of Springfield, Ohio. C. Naney and wife of Grayville, Ill. Mrs. Ida Slade of Grayville, Ill. Parish and wife of Xenia C. E. Hendricks, Springfield, Ill. [
Source: Southern Illinois Record (4 January 1916). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Martha Florene Neff
    Martha Florene, daughter of Andrew and Martha Alexander, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, August 3rd, 1858, died at her home near Flora, Ill., April 8th, 1926. She was united in marriage with Thomas R. Neff November 9th, 1881, and the husband survives her. She was the youngest of her family, having had six brothers and two sisters, all of whom preceded her to the Great Beyond.
    Martha Florene came to Illinois when about nine years of age with her parents, who located on a farm about four miles southeast of Flora where she grew to womanhood, and spent her entire life in the same community. She was converted at an early age and became a member of the Harmony United Brethren church, and has always lived a faithful and consistent Christian life, and was a great influence for good.
    Aunt Rena, as she was called by many, always loved young people and for many years taught a class in the Sunday school, to whom she was an inspiration and a fine example of a Christian life for all to follow. She was ever ready to do her part in all departments of the church and served in many offices of trust in both the church and community. She leaves besides her husband a number of nieces and nephews who deeply mourn her loss. She will be sadly missed in her home, in the church, and in the community, for she was loved and highly respected by every one who knew her.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (15 April 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Herman Noll
Herman Noll, son of Adam and Matilda Noll, was born in Madison County, Illinois, August 11, 1877, and departed this life at his home near Sailor Springs on August 23, 1930, at  the age of 53 years and 12 days. He was confirmed in the German Evangelical church at Marme at the age of 14 and came with his parents to Sailor Springs when 19 years of age. He was united in marriage to Clara M. Payne on January 28, 1908. To this union was born four children, one daughter, Velma Kuentzler, and three sons, Harold A., Lowell H. and Lorraine. He was a kind and loving husband and father, devoted to his home and family, kind to his neighbors and liked to attend church when able. For several years he suffered greatly, but patiently awaited God's will to release his soul.  He leaves to mourn their loss, his faithful companion, four children, his father and mother, two brothers, Leo, of Clay City, Albert, of Decatur, and four sisters, Minnie Faitz, of Trenton, Illinois, Ella Carder, Josephine Franklin and Viola Koyner, all of Sailor Springs; also many neighbors and friends sorrow at his going.  One sister, Mrs. Robert Anderson, and one brother, Edgar, preceded him in death.
[Excerpted from"' Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City 1930 Obituaries" by the Clay County Advocate Press]



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