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John Christian Weiler
John Christian Weiler, son of Henry and Kathryn Weiler, was born in Wurttenberg, Germany, November 11, 1862, and departed this life at Springfield, Massachusetts, June 7, 1930, age 67 years, 6 months and 26 days.
He came to this country when he was sixteen years of age, coming to the home of his uncle, John Weiler, at Clay City, Illinois, with whom he made his home for one and a half years. After leaving Clay City he spent several years in the western states, finally making his way back to New York. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he gave his services for this country, serving until the end of the war.
For the last twenty-five years he has lived at Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was engaged in the bakery business until his health began failing him about six months ago.
He made one trip to his old home in Germany about nineteen years ago, the following year he spent two weeks here with his brother and family.
He became a charter member of the Odd Fellows lodge while in New York, later moving his membership to Springfield, Massachusetts, and has been a loyal member for the last thirty-five years.
He leaves to mourn their loss, two brothers, Fred Weiler, of Clay City, Illinois, and Jacob Weiler, of Germany; also a number of nieces and nephews and two cousins, Sophia W. Boyles, of Flora, Illinois, and Louisa Ohnsorg, of St. Louis, Missouri. A father, mother, one brother and two sisters preceded him into the great beyond.
His body was laid to rest in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, Clay City, Illinois.
[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]

R.E. Weller

Death Claims R.E. Weller
A Civil War and Railroad Veteran Had Reached the Age of Eighty
The death of R. E. Weller, which occurred at his home on East Second street, this Thursday morning at 8:10 oclock, brought deep feeling of sorrow and regret to the people of this city. Mr. Weller and his excellent wife have resided in Flora some twenty years. moving here from Pana when the B. & O. terminal was transferred to Flora. He being ln the service of the O.& M. and the B.& 0. as locomotive engineer. He was a Civil Var veteran, having served his country throughout the war.
The Journal-Record joins a host of friends in extending sincere sympathy to his loving companlon and daughter at this time of their great loss and sorrow. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Mrs Weller is awaiting word from her daughter, Mrs. Thad Wilkerson, who resides in New York City.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Dec. 7, 1922]

Helen White
Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Helen White, wife of the late Samuel White of this city, who died at the home of her daughter in Los Angeles, Cal., Monday, Aug. 11.
Although the immediate cause of her death is not known but it is thought to have been caused from senility. She passed away without pain and without warning. Funeral services were held Tuesday.
The Samuel White family lived for many years at their fine country home north of Flora. Mr. White was one of the oldest settlers in this vicinity and acquired a great deal of property in Flora. Several of the city additions are known as the Samuel White additions.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (14 August 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

John White
Mr. John White, an aged and highly respected resident of Stanford township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Utterback, last Thursday, January 29, 1920.
Grandpa White had been ill for many months with complication of diseases and advanced years were the cause of his demise. His wife preceded him to the great beyond less than a year ago.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Rowe at the home of Mrs. Utterback, Saturday afternoon, after which the remains were laid to rest in Elmwood cemetery at Flora.
[Source: The Flora Record Feb. 5, 1920 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Amy Coulson Wilcox
Mrs. J. F. Wilcox Claimed by Death Wednesday Morning, Jan. 26,
The Grim Reaper Comes Suddenly To Take Beloved Woman
Mrs. Amy Coulson Wilcox, wife of the late ‘Squire J. F. Wilcox, died suddenly at her home on West Maple street early Wednesday morning. Mrs. Wilcox had ben indisposed for several days. Her son, George W. Wilcox, and family, were at the family home Wednesday night and remained until bed time. Her illness was not thought to be serious. Miss Mary Downard a grand-daughter, who lived with the aged lady on getting up Wednesday morning prepared breakfast and then went to the bed to speak to her grand-mother and found life extinct. The doctor was summoned and after examination pronounced her death due to heart trouble.
Mrs. Wilcox was born, in Ohio, August 2, 1838, and at the time of her death was 82 years of age, coning to this community when a young girl. She was married in this city to J. F. Wilcox Feb. 24, 1859, who preceded her to life beyond Feb. 4, 1915. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, uniting with the church many years ago.
Until the time of her death she was active for a person of her age, but was ready and waiting for the time to come when she would exchange this earthly tent for an heavenly house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.
The deceased is survived by three children, George W. Wilcox and Mrs. Minnie Downard, of Flora, Mrs. Josie Bayles, of Mitchell, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be held from the Flora M. E. church Friday, Jan. 28th at 2:00 o’clock p.m.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (27 Jan 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Chester Harvey Wilfong
Chester Harvey Wilfong was born in Wayne county, Ill., Jan. 20, 1892, and passed from this life at his home in Flora, Ill., Jan. 31, 1920, at the age of 28 years, 11 days. His death was caused by pneumonia, following an attack of the flu.
Mr. Wilfong grew up in Wayne and Clay counties and was well known in Flora, where he was highly respected. On Jan. 29, 1911, he was united in marriage to Miss Laura P. Freese, who survives him. Four children are left in her care: Herman H., Herschel E., Audry F., and Chester E. His father died when he was two years of age, while his mother still lives. One brother and one sister and three half brothers and one half sister also survive.
Mr. Wilfong was a locomotive carpenter and is highly spoken of by his fellow workmen. He was a quiet, kind man, devoted to his family, especially anxious that his children should profit by a father’s care, which he himself had missed. The children were all sick while the father was making the losing fight for his life. Mrs. Wilfong also suffered from the flu and overwork and worry.
Funeral services were conducted at the home on Third street Monday at 2:30 p. m., by W. C. Macurdy, who was assisted at the grave by the Modern Woodman with their impressive ceremony. The interment was at Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: The Flora Record Feb. 5, 1920 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Byrle Dean Wilkins
Byrle Dean Wilkins, son of Truman and Bernice Wilkins, was born April 28th, 1928; departed this life September 5th, 1929, aged 1 year, 4 months and 8 days.
Little Byrle was an unusually bright and cheerful child and his loving disposition and childish smile and sweet baby acts endeared him to all who knew him. His brief illness and early death reminds us that he was but a bud that was planted on earth to blossom in Heaven.
[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]

Melissa Winchester
Mrs. Melissa Winchester, wife of Robt. Winchester, died Saturday morning, May 8, 1926, at the family home in West Flora. Mrs. Winchester was highly esteemed and a faithful member of the United Brethren church. She had been in ill health for several months.
Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lester Eckel and Mrs. Robt. Berry of Flora. Miss Evelyn Winchester of Denver, Colo.; four sons, Luther, Otto, Lloyd and Clifford.
Funeral services were held from the United Brethren church Monday afternoon, Rev. Fowler, pastor, officiating. Burial occurred in Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (13 May 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Annie E. Shireman
Annie E. Shireman, daughter of Noah and Magdeline Shireman, was born in Harrison county, Indiana, Jan. 1, 1843, and departed this life Nov. 30, 1925, aged 82 years, 11 months. She was one of a family of six children. When she was only thirteen years old, her mother died, leaving her to keep house for her father until his second marriage.
She was united in marriage to William F. Windle on Nov. 16, 1865. To this union were born six children, namely, John, Charles, Augustine, Otto, Charity and Arley.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, John and Augustine. She leaves to mourn her loss three sons, one daughter, one sister, nine grandchildren, and a host of friends and neighbors.
The deceased united with the United Brethren church in young girldhood, later changing her membership to the M. E. church at Shiloh. She lived a faithful christian life until she gently fell asleep, after more than two weeks of suffering. She seemed to be waiting for the end, often saying “I am trusting in my Savior.”
The deceased moved to Clay county, Illinois with her husband in about the year 1879, where she has lived for nearly fifty years. For several years she has lived with her youngest son. Arley, at the home place near Xenia, Ill.
Funeral services were held at Shiloh church Wednesday afternoon, December 2, 1925, at 1:30 o’clock, Rev. I. B. Sipes. M. E. church South. pastor, conducting the services. Interment Camp Ground cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (10 December 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Herbert E. Wineland
Funeral Held Sunday From the First Christian Church. Many Attend Services
It was indeed sad to learn of the death of Herbert E. Wineland, Thursday evening, April 15, 1926, shortly after 4:00 o’clock, who was just entering into manhood. He lived a few days past his 22nd birthday anniversary. Herbert had been in Springfield. Illinois, for several years, after he was graduated from the H.S.T.H.S. with the class of 1921, where he was employed as book- keeper in the Springfield Security Savings Bank. Last December he was taken ill and it was deemed necessary for him to go to the hospital.
After being a patient at the hospital for several weeks he came to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Wineland, 320 East Second street, Flora, where he remained until the Angel of Death called him. He bore his intense suffering with a smile and all the time he patiently, and with never failing courage fought a losing fight for the life he wanted so much to live, that he might do some little part in the great tasks of the world. Herbert’s life and character were beyond criticism. He met death with courage, sure of eternal life in heaven, having been conscious until the last. His parents, his only sister, Florence and his only brother, Harold, were at his bedside when he passed away.
The funeral services were held from the First Christian church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. L. Doty, pastor. A quartette composed of Mrs. G. W. Campbell, Mrs. J. F. Rich, Messrs .Chas. Mann and C. E. Sternaman tendered several beautiful selections. Many friends gathered at the church and the floral tributes.
[Source: Flora Journal Record April 22, 1926]

Edna Marie Tackett
Edna Marie Tackett, daughter of Frank and Viola Tackett was born April 14, 1904; departed this life August 30, 1925, age 21 years 4 months, 16 days. She was united in marriage to Harry Wood Sept. 4, 1922. To this union was born one daughter. She made a confession of Christ about two years ago.
She leaves to mourn her departure her father, mother, 7 brothers, 2 sisters, besides a large host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the home, conducted by Jos Harmon. Interment was made in Johnsonville cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (24 September 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Amanda Johnson
Amanda Johnson was born near Quincy, Indiana, in 1834, and was married to A. J. Wooden in November, 1958. She died at Salem, Ill., March 14th, 1922,aged 88 years and fourteen days.
Her early life was spent in Indiana. She and her husband were converted shortly after their marriage at what is known as Little Mount church, located near their home. They united with the Missionary Baptist church at this place and continued membership there until in 1869, when they removed to Illinois, after which she united with the Xenia Baptist church where she remained a faithful member until death.
The hospitality of her home was known far and wide. After coming to Illinois she lived on a farm near Xenia for thirty-seven years. Since the death of her husband, fifteen years ago, she has made her home most of the time with her daughter, Mrs. F. S. Young, of Salem.
The funeral service was held at Baptist church in Xenia at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 16th, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Old Camp Ground cemetery beside her husband and her two sons, James and Jeremiah, and her daughter, Lola, who preceded her to that great beyond. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. F. S. Young of Salem Ill., Mrs. Minnie Brown of Paragon, Ind., and one son, H. H. Wooden of Stinesville, Ind., also fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (23 March 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Joe Woomer
Joe Woomer died Sat., July 30, 2005 at his home at the age of 63. He was born May 7, 1942 at Xenia, IL. to Vernon and Velma (Westcott) Woomer. He married Linda Sue Engelmeier in 1963 and she preceded him in death August 13, 1997. He was a graduate of the Flora High School and attended the Kansas City School of Auto Body. He was a past owner of Woomer Body Shop and also the owner and operator of Woomer Auction Service. He was the chairman of District #9 of the Illinois Auctioneers Association. He also was past owner and operator of Woomer Towing Service and recently he had obtained his real estate broker's license. He is survived by his long time companion Nancy Landers; a daughter Kristy Kramer and her husband Karl; five sisters Patsy Wulfeck and her husband Floyd; Nancy Case and her husband Jim; Melva Wilzbach and her husband Scott; Lynne Wesner and her husband DeWayne; and Lee Ann Julius. Also surviving are five grandchildren Jonah Woomer, Bodee Woomer, Kendrick Kramer, Kennedy Kramer, Kimbre Moore; in-laws Harvey and Jean Engelmeier and a daughter-in-law Gretchen Welty. Joe was preceded in death by one son Tony Lee, one brother Don, and his parents. Funeral services were held at Hosselton Funeral Home, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. with burial in the Campground Cemetery, Xenia, IL.
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