Coles County Obituaries

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FRANK L. OSBORN
Contributed by source #22
Date of Death: July 19, 1925


Frank [Lilburn] Osborn - of Charleston House dies suddenly.
Frank L. Osborn, 52 years of age, for the past 5 years proprietor of the New Charleston Hotel, and for several years before a horse and mule buyer, which caused him to be well and highly known over the country, died at the Osborn flats in the hotel at 3:34 o'clock on Sunday morning after an illness which attacked him at 8:30 o'clock on Saturday while he was at the hotel office.
Hemorrhage of the brain was given out by the attending physicians as the cause of Mr. Osborn's death. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ollie Osborn, three children, Mrs. James (Hazel) McClelland of Miami, Fla, and Hugh and Paul Osborn at home, and a grandson, Jack McClelland. Mr. Osborn is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ida Towslee, of Cedro Woolley, Wash., and Mrs. J.W. Hardin, of Detroit, Mich.
The funeral services will be held a the First Christian church at 2:30 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. H.L. Hayes, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be made in Mound cemetery. The services will be under the direction of the Charleston Odd Fellows, of which organization he was a member. The body was removed to the Harper Funeral Home, 720 Monroe St., to be prepared for burial.

Mr. Osborn, it seems was stricken by a heat (sic) attack, but he apparently recovered. However, at several times since then he complained of having severe pains in his head, but after a short time they would leave, and he would feel as well as usual. On Saturday morning he was busy about the office, feeling about as well as he had been. A few minutes after he sat down in a chair to open the hotel safe, he suffered an attack, falling backward into the chair. He was carried to his room and 3 physicians were summoned. Not long after he was removed to the rooms, he became unconscious, and remained so until he passed away.

The shock to Mr. Osborn's many friends over the city on Sunday was tremendous, for he possessed friends in every walk of life. The shock was greater because he had been seen on the streets, joking and conversing with friends on Friday evening and early on Saturday morning. 5 years ago Mr. Osborn leased the Charleston hotel and, under his careful and efficient management, assisted by Mrs. Osborn, the hotel became known as one of the best in the country. Friends wishing to view the remains are asked by the family to call at the Harper Funeral Home any time between now and the time of the funeral on Tuesday, because the casket will not be opened at the church.

Last Rites held for Frank Osborn...... At 2:30 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon the funeral services for Frank L. Osborn, well known Charleston resident, and proprietor of the Charleston House, who died Sunday morning, were held at the First Christian church, before a crowd of relatives and friends that more than filled the church. [text omitted] Burial was made in Mound cemetery. The casket bearers were Claude M. Redman and Maje Rooks, both of Terre Haute, Ind., Walter E. Glassco, Cliff G. McNutt, Frank Popham and Robert R. Rosebraugh. [text omitted] Among the out of town relatives and friends present at the last rites were C.M. Redman and Maje Rooks of Terre Haute, Ind., C.E. McMorris and J.S. Mundy of Marshall, Ill, John Smith of Tuscola, Roy McCallister of Paris, Mrs. Maggie Somerville of Markleville, Ind., Ora McDaniel of Anderson, Ind., Mrs. Hettie Marine of Anderson, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Wallace McClelland of Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Maggie McCallister and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Briggs of Portage, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Aaron McCallister of Urbana, Mrs. Dessie Johnson of Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. Al C. Scott of Champaign.

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Mrs. OLLIE OSBORN
Contributed by source #22
Date of Death: Jun 11, 1945

Mrs. Ollie Osborn Dies Suddenly..... Mrs. Ollie Osborn, aged 72 years, widow of the late Frank Osborn, died at 4 o'clock this morning at her home, 620 Eighth street, following an illness of but a few hours. The news of her death was a genuine shock to her many friends. She had been in church services Sunday and had conversed with friends. The body was removed to the Harper-Swickard home to be prepared and to await the funeral arrangements.
Mrs. Osborn leaves two sons, Private Paul Osborn of Durham, N.C. and Hugh Osborn of St. Louis, a daughter, Mrs. James H. McClelland of Washington, D.C., a sister, Mrs. Della Robinson and a brother, Vint McAllister of Charleston.

Osborn Funeral Held at Christian Church.... A large number of friends attended the funeral services, held at the First Christian church at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Ollie L. Osborn. The church pastor, the Rev. Paul E. Hubele, officiated. [text omitted] The casket bearers were Ott Waltrip, Clayton Shriver, Cliff McNutt, Andrew Daily, Leo Callahan and Don Blair. The burial followed in the Roselawn cemetery, under the direction of Harper-Swickard, local funeral directors.
Mrs. Osborn died suddenly at 4 o'clock Monday morning at her home, 620 8th st.

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GEORGE WILLIAM TEMPLE
Grandson of Ellen Wright & George Temple
Contributed by source #23


CHARLESTON, IL - George William Temple, Sr., age 89, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2001 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, Illinois. Graveside services celebrating his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 15 at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. George’s children will receive friends and family prior to the service (from 10-11 a.m.) at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston.

George was born September 18, 1911 in Charleston, the son of Owen and Grace (Elder) Temple. He married Martha M. Reynolds on January 26, 1945 in Charleston. She preceded him in death on February 10, 1998.

Survivors include four children, [names omitted], all of Mattoon, [names omitted] Charleston, and [names omitted] of Shelbyville, Illinois; one brother, [names omitted] of Effingham, Illinois; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, a daughter, Norma Jean Gilmore; a grandson, Gregory J. Gilmore; a granddaughter, Jean Ann Bishop, three brothers, Harold Temple, Albert Temple, Frank Temple and two sisters, Freda Blackford and June Kryzonawicz.

George was a fifteen year employee of the Charleston Brown Shoe Company plant and later served for many years as a Conductor for the Nickel Plate Railroad. He loved to hunt, fish and talk on his CB radio. He received much pleasure when his beloved Chicago Cubs won - and a somewhat equal pleasure when the Cardinals lost. He was a member of Charleston Elks Lodge #623, Charleston Moose Lodge #1388 and the United Transportation Union.

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HAMILTON M. HITE
Contributed by source #24

The funeral of Hamilton M. Hite was held from the Fairview church, Tuesday morning, Rev. B.M. Webb of Windsor officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the church yard nearby to await the resurrection morn.

Hamilton M. Hite was born near Ashmore, Jan. 5, 1844 and he died at the home of a brother on Feb. 11, 1912 aged 68 years, 1 month and 6 days. He had lived with his brothers since the death of his parents some years ago. He was never married. He was converted to the Christian religion at the Christian church at Prairie Union when he was 10 years of age, and all his life he lived a faithful servant to the Master. He was preceded to the beyond by his parents and a brother and a sister. Three brothers, Thomas, Samuel and Hiram with a host of other relatives survive him.


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CLIFFORD SWINFORD
Contributed by source #24

Death has again visited the home of Mrs. E.N. Swinford, south of town on the Ashmore road. This time, the youngest son, Orvil Clifford was called into eternity. He had been a sufferer for some time from the ravages of consumption and on last Monday succombed to the attacks of the disease. The funeral was held from the Fairview M.E. Church, Wednesday at 11 o'clock, Rev. D.D. Canfield of this city officiating, a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives being present to show their sympathy for the bereaved and their respect for the deceased.

Orville Clifford Swinford, son of E.N. and M.J. Swinford was born on Jan. 16, 1893 and he died on the farm where he was born on April 15, 1912 aged 19 years, 2 months and 29 days. He is survived by his mother, three brothers, Walter, Shelton and Jesse and two sisters, Mrs. Lura Hopkins of Florida and Mrs. Mary Pearl Harvey of Indiana. His father, one brother and three sisters have preceeded him into the beyond, the hand of death having been laid with unusual heaviness upon the family within the last two years, for within that time four have been called to go. The sadness of the surviving members of the once united and happy family is inexpressibly heavy and the sympathy of their many neighbors and friends goes out to them. The Messenger joins hosts of friends in extending sympathy and the consolation that comes of a hope of meeting depared ones in the beyond, a consolation that is the beacon light of the believer.

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ELISHA NEWTON SWINFORD
Contributed by source #24

On Wednesday evening, June 14, after a short illness, E.N. Swinford, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this township died at his home, about four miles south of Oakland. Tho he had not been vigorous, it was not known that a serious malady was working on him, but when he was taken down, it seemed from the very start that he could not recover. His death was attributed to cancer of the stomach.

The funeral was held from Fairview Church, Friday afternoon, at 10 o'clock, a very large attendance of friends and relatives being present. Rev. Webb of Windsor preached the funeral sermon, selecting his text from John 14-28 which reads, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said I go unto the father; for my Father is greater than I." The particular words of the text were "If ye loved me ye would rejoice, because I go to my father." Rev. Webb preached a very fine funeral discourse, one being filled good will for all, and words of consolation and advice unexcelled. The music was furnished by the Fairview choir.

The Woodmen had charge of the exercises at the grave, Mr. Swinford being a member of Live Timber Camp 817 of Oakland, being of the very early members. About sixty of the Camp members were present to pay their last respects to their departed brother whom they loved and respected. The beautifully worded ritual was used at the grave and the remains of another Woodman were laid to rest to await the Judgement Day. Friends from all over the country came to pay their respects to the departed.

Elisha Newton Swinford was born near Hutton, Indiana, on Feb. 19, 1845 and he died at his home near Oakland, Illinois, June 14, 1911, aged 66 years, 3 months and 25 days. When he was five years old, in 1850, he removed with his parents to near Oakland and here he grew to manhood, married, raised his family, made his way in the world and established a reputation for truth and veracity among his neighbors and with those with whom he had dealings. In 1869 on January6, he was united in marriage to Miss Malinda Hanley and to this union ten children were given, four preceeding him to the Glory World beyond, the other six with the widowed wife surving him. The surviving children are the two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Harvey and Mrs. Lura Hopkins and the four sons, Walter, Shelton, Jesse, and Clifford. Five brothers of the deceased also survive all being residents of this county. They are W.C., John T., George H., A.L., and M.S.

Mr. Swinford was always an exceedingly hard working man and during his life he accummulated considerable of this world's goods, having some of the best land in the township at the time of death. He was a man of the strictest honesty, his word being as good as his bond, at any time, and many are the people whom he has aided in more ways than one.

Newton Swinford was an old soldier having enlisted in Company H, 59th Illinois Infantry Volunteers on March 1, 1865. He was discharged on December 8, 1865. He and Uncle Billy McAdams belonged to the same Company, tho Mr. McAdams had resigned a short time before Mr. Swinford enlisted. THE MESSENGER extends the sincerest sympathy to all the bereaved family.

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MOSES KAHN
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

The Mattoon Gazette of last week announces the death of Moses Kahn, one of the most influential citizens of that place. Mr. Kahn was one of the unfortunate passengers on board the fated steamer Schiller, that foundered off the coast of England, on the 7th inst. The Newton Press, Thursday, May 27, 1875

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AL. P. DUNBAR
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

Al. P. Dunbar, junior editor of the Plaindealer, died in Charleston on the 15th instant. The Newton Press, June 24, 1875

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BUCKLEY
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

On Sunday morning, the 14th inst., a Mrs. Buckley, an elderly lady, suddenly fell dead of heart disease, during the services of the Catholic Church, at Mattoon. She was supposed to have fainted away, and the fact of her death was not discovered until some little time after it had occurred. The Newton Press, Thursday, November 25, 1875

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CARTWRIGHT
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

"From the Mattoon Gazette: Last Sunday old mother Cartwright, the relict of the famous pioneer methodist preacher Peter Cartwright died very suddenly at a church meeting near Jacksonville." The Newton Press, Feb. 17, 1876

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HOWARD DRUMM
THE TOLEDO DEMOCRAT
TOLEDO, ILL.
NOV 3, 1977
Contributed by source #26


Friday, Oct. 28, 1977.....Howard Drumm, 67, of rural Lerna died at 3:50 p.m. Friday in Burnham City Hospital in Champaign. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday at Mitchell - Jerden Funeral Home, Mattoon, with Rev. Lyle Tippit officiating. Burial was in Janesville Cemetery.
Mr. Drumm was born July 24, 1910 near Trilla, a son of James Benjamin and Maggie Howard Drumm. He was first married to Maudeline Briggerman in Mattoon July 6, 1930. She died October 24, 1961 in Charleston. He was then married to Olive Baughman Young in Charleston in 1962. She died in Charleston in 1969. He was then married to Maxine Esther Drum Neal in Charleston July 12, 1970. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, [names omitted - email
Kubby75@aol.com for further info] a daughter, [name omitted] of rural Lerna; a stepdaughter [name omitted] of Greenup; a brother, [name omitted] of Neoga; two sisters, [names omitted], both of Charleston; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the East Harrison Street Church of God near Charleston, Lerna Lodge #788, AF & AM, and the past Worthy Patron of the Leah Chapter #389 Order of the Eastern Star.
He was a machine operator for the Coles County Masonry Products, Inc. in Mattoon and lived near Lerna all his life.

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LUCINDA CHURCH
The Charleston Daily Courier
Monday, July 14, 1913

Death Called Mrs. Lucinda Church on Sunday Morning

Mrs. Lucinda Church, age 77 years, and a resident of Coles county all of her life, passed away at 9 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mell Bennett, 950 Third street. Death was due to a complication of troubles, dating back ten weeks. The funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon, at the Bennett home, with Rev. S. T. VanMeter, pastor of the Holiness Chirstian (sic) church, officiating. Burial followed in the McKenzie cemetery, south of Charleston.

Lucinda Hall Church, daughter of the late Micheal Hall, a pioneer of Coles county, was born in Hutton township, April 8, 1836, and made that township her home all of her life with the exception of the ten weeks which she spent in her last illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bennett. She was married to A. F. Church, many years ago, and he was called to the Great Beyond four years ago.

Three daughters, Mrs. Emma Linnaberry, of Greenup; Mrs. Nettie Lawyer, and Mrs. Mel Bennett of Charleston, and a stepson, Algie Church, of Clay City, Ind., survive her. Thirteen grand children and thirteen great grand children also survive her. One sister, Mrs. Nancy Hall, the last of the children, survives her.

The deceased, who was stricken with the serious infirmities which follow old age, was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bennett, ten weeks ago. Here, surrounded by loving hands and watchful eyes, the spirit of the mother daily declined and she realized the end was near. Before she sank into unconsciousness, she expressed a desire to go to her reward, and she was ready to meet her God in peace. She was held in high esteem by the many friends as was shown in the wealth of floral offerings this morning, and the large cortege which followed the body to its last resting place in the McKenzie cemetery this afternoon.

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BARCLAY ALLEN HARDWICK
Mattoon Journal Gazette
Contributed by source #21

Pneumonia fatal to B.A. Hardwick......
Barclay Allen Hardwick died about 9 o'clock this morning at his home , 816 Marshall Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois, following a few days illness from pneumonia.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday from the family home, Arthur McCollough officiating. Burial will be in the Janesville Cemetery.
Mr. Hardwick was born in Moorseville, Indiana March 19, 1854 a son of Thomas Franklin Hardwick and Rebecca Ballard Hardwick. He came to Illinois as young man with his Father and step-mother Caroline Linthicum Hardwick. He married Sarah Catherine Coble, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Rodney Coble , near Janesville, July 4, 1876. They settled on a farm near Janesville and there they resided until 1924, when they moved to Mattoon taking up residence at 816 Marshall, where the family has resided since. Mrs. Hardwick died 22 years ago. Four sons and three daughters survive, they are William Perry Hardwick, John Leon Hardwick, and Thomas Otto (Allen) Hardwick.
[Note- Tom had his name officially changed from Allen his birth name to Otto] all of Mattoon and Barclay Raymond of Muncie, Indiana, Mrs. Flora May Mills of Toledo, and Miss Goldie Olive (Ollie) Hardwick at home and Mrs. William (Minnie Belle Hardwick) Cather of Mattoon.

[Note- Rebecca Ballard, the first wife of Thomas Franklin Hardwick, was a self-taught Doctor and she died in childbirth. He took his newborn child to his neighbor Caroline Linthicum to care for as there were other children also, and she became so attached to the baby that they married and she studied the medical books of Rebecca Ballard and also became a self taught Dr., making her own medicines and caring for those in need.]

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LEWIS E. LINTHICUM
Contributed by source #25

Retired Mattoon Man Dies in IC Hospital

Mattoon, Nov. 30 - Lewis E. Linthicum, 71, Mattoon, died this morning in the Illinois Central Hospital in Chicago. He was a retired IC freight conductor. Mr. Linthicum entered the hospital about two weeks ago following a heart attack.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
A native of Gila in Jasper county, Mr. Linthicum was married in June of 1897. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Methodist church. He leaves his wife, two daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. Charleston Daily Courier, 30 November 1949 [Kim's researching this family line.
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DOVIE LINTHICUM
Contributed by source #25

MRS LINTHICUM DIES TUESDAY

Mrs. L.E. (Dovie) Linthicum, a 48-year resident of Mattoon, was found dead in her home at 3216 Champaign about 8 p.m. Tuesday. The death of the 79 year old woman was discovered by neighbors.
Funeral Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Mitchell-Jerdan funeral home with Rev. Dr. George V. Herrick officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Thursday.
Mrs. Linthicum was born Dec. 10, 1877 in Jasper County, a daughter of William and Anna Wilson Fuqua. On June 2, 1897 in Newton she married Lewis E. Linthicum. He died Nov. 30, 1949.
Mrs. Linthicum is survived by two sons, Cecil of Dallas, Texas; and Fred of Sperry, Okla; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Werner of Mattoon and Mrs. Walter Amstrong of Pana and 11 grandchildren.
She was member of the First Methodist church, the Elect Lady Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Mattoon; White Shrine of Jerusalem in Mattoon and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Mattoon Journal Gazettte and Commercial Star, July 3, 1957. [Kim's researching this family line.
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SYLVESTER L. RICHARDS
Contributed by source #25

S.L. Richards, aged 70 years, a resident of this city for about 50 years, for a number of which he was employed at the old tile factory, died at the family residence, 209 North 12 st, at 6:50 o'clock Monday evening, following an illness of some time. He had been in a serious condition for about 10 days. Cancer of the stomach is attributed as the cause of death.

The funeral services will be conducted at the First Pilgrim Holiness church in Charleston at 2:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. C.C. Breen, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be made in Mound cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Richards, and six children, John C. Richards, Orby Richards, James Richards, Mrs. Mertied Veach, Mrs. Zoe Sanders, all of Charleston , and Mrs. Cladora Andres of Mattoon.
A half-brother, Enos Hatch, the only other relative known to his family, has not been heard from for more than 35 years. The Charleston Daily Courier, Tuesday, May 19, 1925 [Kim's researching this family line.
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MARY (aka AMERICA) JANE RICHARDS
Contributed by source #25

Mrs. Mary Jane Richards, aged 72 years, long time Charleston resident, died in her home, 203 North Twelfth street, this city, at 6 o'clock on Saturday evening. She had been ill for some time.
Funeral services were conducted in the Pilgrim Holiness Church, 4th and Monroe streets, at 3:30 o'clock on Monday afternoon by the pastor, the Reverend Charles Clarence Breen. Burial was in Mound cemetery.
Mrs. Richards leaves the following children: Orval Richards, Charleston, Mrs. Albert Veach, Charleston, John and James Richards, also of Charleston, Mrs. J.E. Throm, of Mattoon, and Mrs. Olan Sanders, also of Mattoon. There are also 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. "The Charleston Daily Courier" April 19, 1937 [Kim's researching this family line.
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BRADFORD BAYLES
Contributed by source #25

AUTO INJURIES PROVE FATAL TO BRADFORD BAYLES

B.E. Bayles, 54 years of age, for seventeen years a resident of Charleston, died at the Charleston hospital Monday shortly before midnight from injuries sustained last Wednesday evening when struck by an auto driven by Gerald Ryan of Mattoon. No date has been set for the coroner's inquest, but a jury was to have been empaneled on Tuesday by Deputy Coroner J.T. Lewis of this city. Funeral services will be held at the Harper Funeral Home, 720 Monroe Street, at 1:30 o'clock on Thursday afternoon. The Reverend W.O. Stonebraker of Paris, formerly of this city, will officiate. Burial will be made in the Kansas cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Easton Bayles, three children, Ross Bayles, Russell Bayles, and Mrs. Ella Huddleston, all of Charleston, three grandchildren, a brother, Charles Bayles of Paris, and two sisters, Mrs. Della Luther of Westfield and Mrs. Maude Lafferty of Charleston. Mr. Bayles was a member of the United Brethren church of Charleston and was also a member of the Charleston Odd Fellows. He was a home loving man, kind and considerate of others, and possessed a very pleasing disposition.

Bradford Edward Bayles was born in Youngstown, Indiana, on December 29, 1874, a son of John and Sarah Bayles. In 1900, he moved to Kansas, Ill., where he had secured a railroad position. Removing to Indiana some years later, he again returned to Illinois and settled in Charleston in 1912. Residing at 17 West Washington street in this city since that time, he became well known in Charleston. For a number of years, and at the time of his death, he held a position as section foreman on the Nickel Plate railroad, with headquarters in Charleston.

In 1894, at Kansas, he was married to Miss Belle Richey, of that village. Four children were born to them, three of whom survive. In 1917, when the tornado ripped its death dealing way through Charleston and vicinity, Mrs. Bayles and a son, Paul Bayles, aged 13 months, were taken away. On January 29, 1918, Mr. Bayles again married taking the vows with Mrs. Minnie Easton of Charleston. Besides the family there are many friends who mourn the loss of Mr. Bayles. Friends wishing to view the remains may do so by calling at the home on Wednesday or before the funeral hour on Thursday. "Charleston Courier, February 5, 1929, Pg. 1, col. 6" [Kim's researching this family line.
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ANNA ELIZABETH MYERS
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

Woman Called At Age Of 84....
Anna Elizabeth Myers, wife of Robert A. Myers, died yesterday afternoon at their home, Kern and Grove streets, following a long illness, at the age of 84 years. A native of Charleston, Ill., Mrs. Myers came to Ontario 22 years ago from Colorado. Surviving besides the widower are five sons, Henry E., Charles Arthur, William Douglas and Harry Myers, all of Ontario, and Jesse Theodore Myers, stationed with the army in Texas; one sister, Mrs. Laura Vance, Orrick, Mo., and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, 2:30 p.m. at the J. B. Draper company mortuary, 127 West C street. The Rev. Dallas Gladson of the First Christian church will officiate. Interment will be in Bellevue cemetery.
The Daily Report, Ontario, California Dec. 18, 1943

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Mary I. Richardson
Contributed by source #23

CHARLESTON
Mary I. (Ayers) Richardson, age 80, of Charleston, went to be with the Lord, on February 26, 2003 at the Hilltop Convalescent Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2003 at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Younts officiating. Her niece, Rebecca Carter, will give a reading. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Mary was born September 1, 1922, in Charleston, daughter of Howard and Naomi Easton Ayers. Survivors include two sisters: Genevieve Moye and Beverly Buell, both of Charleston; one brother: Henry Ayers of Charleston. Several nieces and nephews, and a very special friend: Ralph Richardson of Springfield, OH, also survive. She followed her mother, father, one sister: Wanda, and one brother: Earl, into Heaven.
She was a member of the Montgomery Street Church of God, and the Charleston V.F.W. Auxiliary. She retired from Moore Business Froms. Mary was a wonderful, giving person, always willing to help someone in need. She was very involved in many Church of God organizations and the Salvation Army. She was also on a winning bowling league. She will be remembered for all the love and smiles she always gave so freely. The ones who were lucky enough to know her will always carry that with them. She always put the Lord and family first. She will be missed deeply by her family.


GEORGE C. BRACKIN
1970

MATTOON - George Clifford Brackin, 96, of 3812 Western Av., died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the Mattoon Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 9, 1874, near Strasburg, the son of John H. and Sophia Sharren Brackin. He married Miriam Hart on March 26, 1893, near Windsor. She preceded him in death. Survivors include; one daughter, Mrs. Dow (Opal) Bland of Mattoon; three Grandchildren and three Great-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One son, Fred, died in December of 1969.

Mr. Brackin was assessor in Ash Grove Township in Shelby County; a school trustee; and was active in civic, Red Cross and government in his younger years. H e lived in a house built by his grandfather in 1869 on the farm on which he was born until the death of his wife in 1951, when he moved to Mattoon to make his home with his children.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Lovings Funeral Home in Windsor with Dr. Paul M. Curry officiating. Burial will be in Ash Grove Cemetery near Windsor.


Louisa Shaffer

November 11, 1916......Called By Death
Mrs. Louisa Shaffer died Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of her son, Charles Shaffer, four and a half miles south of Westfield. Death is attributed to a complication of diseases.

The funeral services were held at Liberty church at 11 o'clock Wednesday forenoon, Rev. Curtis Williams officiating. Burial was made in Whetstone cemetery.
The deceased, who was born in Hutton township, Oct. 8, 1849 spent most of her life there. She is survived by two sons, Charles Shaffer, and Martin Elsworth Shaffer; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild; four brothers, Frank Walker of Decatur, Andrew Walker of Charleston, John Walker of Ashmore and Allen Walker of Minnesota; and one sister, Mrs. Lidig Boatman of Chicago.


Steva O. Nees
June 16, 1971

CHARLESTON - Steva O. Nees, 78, of 393 Cooper St., died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday in the Charleston Community Memorial Hospital. He was born April 27, 1893 in Coles County, the son of George and Ica Brewer Nees.

Survivors include his widow, the former Grace Corbin; one daughter, Mrs. Lois Burris of rural Casey; two sons, Carl of Vero Beach, Fla., and Bob of Milton, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Lulu Bland of Charleston; thirteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Eight sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral services are attentively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Harper-Swickard Chapel. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.


Pearl May Wright
Contributed by source #25

January 1967

Mrs. Pearl Wright Dies in Hospital

Mrs. Pearl May Wright, 75, of Charleston, Died at 6:50 p.m. Monday [January 16, 1967] at the Charleston Community Hospital where she had been a patient three days.

Services for Mrs. Wright, widow of Louis Wright, who preceded her in death in 1960, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harper - Swickard Funeral Chapel with burial in Roselawn Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Survivors are two sons, James L. of Charleston and Lawrence Eugene of Santa Anna, Calif., three daughters, Mrs. Horace (Eula) Scribner of Paris, Mrs. Ronald (Margaret) Tyler of Homer and Mrs. Bill (Madaline) Boyd of Brazil, Ind.; two brothers, Robert Craig and Charlie Craig of Charleston; one sister, Mrs. Juanetia White of Charleston; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wright was born June 9, 1891, in Cumberland County, the daughter of Obadiah and Betsy Ann Barger Craig. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Charleston. [
Kim is researching this Wright Family]


Maxine Wright
Contributed by source #25

Miss Maxine Wright Dies In Hospital......
Miss Maxine Wright, 55, of Kansas, a partner in the Wright Insurance Agency there, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Paris Hospital. Miss Wright, who had been ill three days, was the daughter of T. S. and Nelle Comstock Wright and was born June 27, 1911, in Vermillion. She is survived by her mother and a brother, Dale C. Wright, both of Kansas.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Kansas Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member. Burial will be in Ashmore Cemetery. Visitation is after 2 p.m. Thursday at Sadler Funeral Home, Kansas. Miss Wright was treasurer of the Presbyterian Church, Kansas Business and Professional Women's Club, assistant secretary of the Kansas Building and Loan Association and secretary of the Edgar County Agents' Association.


Sylvia Jane Thomas

Funeral services for Mrs. Sylvia Jane Thomas, 73, who died late Sunday afternoon at the Hilltop Nursing Home, were conducted today at the Ashmore Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Thomas, widow of Jack Thomas, lived most of her life in Charleston area. She had been a patient at the nursing home for the past four months. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Jerome (Myra) Allen of Urbana; a son, Russell Thomas of Florida; three brothers, John and Dewey Wright of Ashmore and Clifford Wright of Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. Thelma McWilliams of Sullivan and Mrs. Olive Lockwood of Springfield.

The Rev. Robert Bonham officiated at the funeral services. Burial was in Ashmore Cemetery. Harper-Swickard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of George and Roberta Waters Wright and was born Aug. 2, 1893, in Ashmore Township. She was a member of the Ashmore Presbyterian Church.


William Evert Campbell

Mattoon Woman's Brother Dies
BROWNSTOWN - William Evert Campbell, 81 of rural Brownstown died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. He was the brother of Mrs. Nelle Gross of Mattoon.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today in the Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown, with burial in Griffith Cemetery near Brownstown. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.

He was born in Arcola, a son of William and Elizabeth Campbell. He married Rowena Werner in 1922 and she died in 1970. In 1972 he married Nellie Perkins, who survives. May 23, 1978


Edward H. Armstrong

CHARLESTON - Services for Edward H. Armstrong were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Busby Officiating. Mrs. Vern H. Barnes, organist, played selections including "O Lamb of God" and "How Great Thou Art." Casket bearers included George Benge, James Benge, John Benge, Chris Benge, William Boedecker and Richard Sampson.

Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery near Mattoon.

Mr. Armstrong died Friday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. [Charleston Daily Courier?] May 23, 1978


Bertha Hunt Garwood
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

MATTOON - Bertha A. Garwood, 96, of 1608 Moultrie St., Mattoon and formerly of Newton died at 7:55 p.m. Monday at the Mattoon Manor Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Schillings Funeral Home.

Mrs. Garwood was born Feb. 22, 1882 in Falmouth, a daughter of Marsh and Margaret Hunt. She was married to Tom Garwood, who preceded her in death. She is survived by two nieces, Clara Humbert of Modesto, Calif., and Mrs. Margaret Brooks of Mattoon.

Mrs. Garwood was a charter member of the Free Methodist Church in Newton. [Charleston Daily Courier?] June 27, 1978


Clarence Ford
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MACON - Clarence A. Ford, 73, of Macon, Ill., died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ater Funeral Home in Macon. There will be no visitation and the family asks that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Ford was born Sept. 11, 1904 in Oakland, the son of Levi and Virginia Kite Ford. He was married to Rita Galbreah on May 19, 1937 in Charleston. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Len R. Ford, of Assumption; a daughter, Phyllis A. Richardson of Decatur; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Ford was retired from the automotive department of York Division Borg Warner in Decatur. [Charleston Daily Courier?] May 23, 1978


Clinton Pierce Ashmore
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

CHARLESTON - Clinton Pierce Ashmore, 70, of Rural Route Charleston, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday in Cumberland County. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Harper-Swickard Chapel. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Mr. Ashmore was on Dec. 2, 1907 in Oakland, the son of Eldy and Louvisa Hunt Ashmore. On June 9, 1928, he married Alice Wilson in Brazil, Indiana, and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Max and Dick, of Charleston; a foster daughter, Mrs. Carol Morgan, of Westfield; one brother, Bill, of Oakland; three sisters, Fern Cooper, of Charleston; Esther Hall, of Oakland; Ruth Higgs, of Oakland; four grandchildren, four foster grandchildren and one foster great-grandchild.

Mr. Ashmore was a retired farmer of Hutton township. [Charleston Daily Courier?] May 24, 1978


Edna Bails
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)


CHARLESTOWN- Funeral services for Edna Bails were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Miley Palmer officiating. Organist was Ruth Pence and she played several organ selections. Casket bearers were Harold Prather, Lindo Smith, Charles Brooks, John Blagg, Fred Lading and George McKenzie.

Burial was at the Rest Haven Cemetery in Mattoon. Mrs. Bails died Friday at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital. [Charleston Daily Courier? - May 24, 1978]


Arthur C. Hill
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

LERNA - Arthur C. Hill, 82, of Route 1, Lerna, died at 3:40 a.m. Sunday at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Mr. Hill was a long time member of the Lerna School board.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be in Indian Cemetery near Lerna.

Mr. Hill was born June 9, 1896, in Lerna, the son of Nathan and Maude Page Hill. He was married to Era "Florence" Gammill on June 26, 1921, in Lerna. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Esther) Huggins of Mattoon, a sister; Mrs. Lois Knight of Lerna; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, a granddaughter, four brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Hill was a retired farmer who raised pure-bred Poland China hogs and who showed many champions at state and county fairs. He was a member of the Lerna School Board for 13 years, a member of the Lerna Methodist church, a rural mail carrier, a member of the Farm Bureau and a 50-year member of the Lerna Masonic Lodge. [Charleston Daily Courier? - June 12, 1978]


Cecil I. Linthicum
Contributed by source #25

MATTOON - Lt. Col. (Ret.) C. I. Linthicum, 83, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Mattoon, died Friday in a Dallas Hospital. The funeral and burial will be held today in Dallas.

Col. Linthicum attended the Mattoon schools and Eastern Illinois University and held degrees from the University of Illinois and a University in Texas. From 1949 to 1953 he was ROTC commandant and taught drafting at Dallas Technical High School. After retiring from the Army, Col. Linthicum was active in the VFW and served as Chaplain of his post. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Knights Templar.

Surviving are two daughters, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. W. F. Armstrong of Pana and Mrs. G. I. Werner of Mattoon [Charleston Daily Courier? - October 27, 1981] [
Kim is researching this line]


June M. Swan
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

Local Woman's Mother Dies....
CHARLESTON - Mrs. June M. Swan, 71, of Mt. Morris, Ill. Died Wednesday in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. She was the mother of Mrs. David (Joyce) Maurer of Charleston.

The funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Trinity Lutheran Church at Mt. Morris, with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon and evening at the funeral home.

She was born June 24, 1909 in Mt. Morris Township, Ogle County, Ill., the daughter of Edgar and Kathryn Thomas Mumma. She married Theodore R. Swan Sept. 5, 1931 in Grand Detour, Ill. He survives. Also surviving are another daughter, Mrs. Robert (Kathleen) Johnson of Oregon, Ill., and five grandchildren. [Charleston Daily Courier? April 2, 1981]


Mary Rogers
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)


CHARLESTON - Mary Rogers, 57, of Charleston, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian church in Charleston. The Body has been donated to research. Local arrangements were handled by the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home in Charleston.

Mrs. Rogers was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Darlington, Ind., a daughter of Henry and Meryl Hamilton Piper. Survivors include three children, Mrs. Peter (Lorlys) Feibelman of Albuquerque, N.M., Mrs. Fred (Charys) Saylor of Santa Paula, Calif., and Mrs. Howard (Melissa) Wilson of Knoxville, Ten., and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Rogers was a counselor and a former Dean of Women at Eastern Illinois University. Prior to 1966, she was a teacher and Dean of Girls at Mooresville High School in Indiana. She was a member of Delta Pi Epsilon, a graduate business education honorary and a member of the American Association of University Women. [Charleston Daily Courier? April 8, 1981


Floyd Davis
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MATTOON - Floyd J. Davis, 77, of 2224 ½ Charleston, Mattoon died at 8:05 a.m. Monday in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. He was a former resident of Bethany. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today in Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek. The McMullin Funeral Home of Sullivan is in charge. There will be no visitation.

Mr. Davis was born Oct. 18, 1903, in Shelby County, a son of William and Mary Davis. He married Belva Austin Feb. 1, 1932, in Altamont. She died in 1975. On Sept. 26, 1979, he married Juanita Hite. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth of Mattoon and Bobby of Bensonville, Fla., three daughters, Lois Brown of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sharon Gallagher and Mrs. Ruth Jackson, both of Decatur; three sisters, Addie Tull of Rankin, Fern Drake of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Lena Morgan of Findlay, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Four sons, two daughters and two brothers preceded him in death. [Charleston Daily Courier? April 8, 1981]


Everett T. Justice
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

Justice, Everett T. - 76, of rural Greenup died at 11:45 a.m. Monday in his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup.

He was born April 21, 1904, in Coles County, a son of William and Bessie Justice. He married Verdin Pearcey, who survives. Also surviving are five sons, William, Rick and Granville, all of Greenup, and Doyl and Curtis, both of Casey; one daughter, Judy Cassidy of Accokeek, Md. And 13 grandchildren. Mr. Justice was a retired farmer. [Charleston Courier? - April 8, 1981]


Robert Roy Romans
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MATTOON - The funeral for Robert Roy Romans will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. James H. Bunyard officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at graveside by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Mr. Romans, 56, of Zion, formerly of Fairgrange, was pronounced dead on arrival at Victory Hospital, Waukegan, at 6:30 p.m. Monday. He was taken to the hospital after falling from a catwalk at the Johnson Motor Plant in Waukegan, where he had been employed 14 years. [Charleston Courier? - April 2, 1981]


Thomas Wayne Woolever
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Ex-Mattoon Man Dies in Crash..........DRUMRIGHT, Okla. A 35 year old former Humboldt resident was killed Sunday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on a rural Oklahoma highway. Thomas Wayne Woolever of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Humboldt, was killed in the accident, which occurred 10 miles east of Drumright in Creek County. Woolever was reportedly eastbound on the highway and attempting to make a left turn when he collided with a car driven by Dannie Lewis Rader, 16, of Tulsa. Rader and a passenger in the car, 11-year old Judy Marie Rader, were unhurt in the mishap. A passenger on Woolever's motorcycle, Barbara Bullard, 25, of Bristow, Okla., was hospitalized in Tulsa, but apparently was not seriously injured.

Woolever was born Sept. 18, 1941 in Jasper County, Ill., the son of Kenneth and Kathleen Phillips Woolever. He was a tool and die maker and a former member of the Humboldt Christian Church. Surviving him, besides his parents of Humboldt, are two daughters, Michelle and Kelly, both of Boston, Mass.; two sons, Doyle and Jason of Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Andy of Mattoon; three sisters; Mrs. Patricia Gunther of Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs. Janice Calhoun of Mattoon, and Mrs. Diana Jones of Phoenix, Ariz. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Humboldt Cemetery.
[Charleston Courier? - September 28, 1976]


Irene C. Daniels
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

OAKLAND - Irene Clara Daniels, 74, of Oakland died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Carle Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Taber Funeral Home, Oakland. Visitation is to be from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Rebekah services are to be held at 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial is to be in the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute.

Mrs. Daniels was born Feb. 23, 1902 in Peoria, a daughter of Louis W. and Ida Mae Sweitzer Finkbiner. She married George Ray Daniels in 1920. He died in 1960. Survivors include daughters Mrs. June Booker of Oakland, Mrs. Virginia Benger of Terre Haute, Mrs. Janetta Richards of Terre Haute, Mrs. Katherine Griswold of Pine Grove, Calif. And Mrs. Genevieve Grant of Danville, sister Mrs. Esther Brooks of Mt. Vernon; brothers Lester of Oakland, Herman of Culver, Ind. And Bus of Kansas, Ill.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers preceded Mrs. Daniels in death.

Mrs. Daniels was a member of Oakland Rebekah Lodge #407.
[Charleston Courier? - September 28, 1976]


John Davis
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)


NEOGA - John Davis, 94, of Neoga died at 12:32 a.m. Sunday in St. Anthony Hospital, Effingham.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with burial in Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Mr. Davis was born Jan. 30, 1882, in Coles County, the sons of John and Margaret Williams Davis. He married Bertha Basham April 1, 1906, in Coles Station. She died Sept. 30, 1970. Surviving are two sons; Earl of Mission, Kan., and Marvin of Neoga; one daughter, Mrs. Daisy Cowana of Rising Sun, Md.; three brothers, Arthur of Bloomington, Ind., Tom of Champaign, and Bernard of Greenup; two sisters, Mrs. Lyda Jackson and Mrs. Bessie Casstevens, both of Neoga; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
[Charleston Courier? - September 28, 1976]


Madge D. Ravenscroft
Contributed by source #25


MATTOON - Mrs. Madge Deloris Ravenscroft, 68, of 605 N. 15th St. was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital at 8:43 a.m. Monday.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with burial in Zion Hill Cemetery, near Mattoon. Rev. Roger Compton will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Mrs. Ravenscroft was born in Bellair March 22, 1908, the daughter of Thomas Burns and Lucinda Livingston Perdieu. She married William Ray Ravenscroft in Henderson, Ky., June 30, 1947. He died in Mattoon Jan. 2, 1976. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Jean) House of Mattoon; and two grandchildren, Mrs. Don (Cindy) Faller of Butler and William L. House of Mattoon. One sister preceded her in death.
[Charleston Courier? - September 28, 1976]


Harry Martin
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

CHARLESTON - Funeral services for Harry Martin were held Monday at the Harper-Swickard Chapel with Rev. Eugene Sims officiating. Organist Mrs. Robert Juriga played, "Beyond the Sunset" and "Amazing Grace." Casket bearers were Jack Daily, Sam McNutt, Sprad Newell, Everett Lafferty, Jack Philpoti and A. C. Windsor. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery east of Kansas.

Mr. Martin died at 1:53 a.m. Friday in Charleston Community Memorial Hospital.
[Charleston Courier? - September 28, 1976]


Roy Creviston
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

MATTOON - Roy Creviston, 78, of Escondido, Calif., formerly of Mattoon, died about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Escondido. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Escondido, with burial near Burbank, Calif.

Mr. Creviston was born near Arthur, the son of Mr. And Mrs. William Creviston. He is survived by his widow, Elva; one son, Donald of San Francisco, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Rhodes and Emma Creviston, both of Mattoon; and twin brother, Ray of Compton, Calif. Five brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.
[Charleston Courier? - September 28, 1976]


Edward H. Miller
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

CHARLESTON - Edward H. Miller, 80, of route 1 died at 9:55 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Community Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with burial at Union (Craig) Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today.

Mr. Miller was born Dec. 5, 1895 at Salem, Ind., a son of Henry and Caroline Baumgartle Miller. He married Ethel Whitaker June 16, 1918 in Charleston. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Don (Erma) Bates of Charleston and one grandson. Two sisters preceded him in death.

Mr. Miller was a Veteran of World War I and a farmer in Coles County for many years. He was a member of the East Harrison St. church of God, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans of World War I, and the American Legion.
[Charleston Courier? - September 20, 1976]


H. Earl Brotherton
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

MATTOON - H. Earl Brotherton, 75, of 1305 Lafayette, Mattoon, died at 10 p.m. Saturday in Mattoon Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Schilling's Funeral Home, Mattoon, with Dr. Floyd Ekin officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Mr. Brotherton was born Aug. 1, 1901, in Mattoon, the son of Robert and Laura Mock Brotherton. He married Florence Hilton on July 16, 1922, in Mattoon. She survives. Other survivors includes a daughter, Mrs. John K. (Betty) Reed of Ashmore; two sisters; Mrs. Raymond (Helen) Carlyle of Mattoon and Mrs. Leeman (Thelma) Woodcock of Jensen Beach, Fla.; a stepbrother, Russell Rice of Mattoon; three grandchildren, Mrs. Paul (Sherry) Staley, Paris; Rick Reed, Charleston; Mrs. Jeff (Cathie) Reynolds, Claredon Hills and three great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Moose Lodge, both of Mattoon.
[Charleston Courier? - August 23, 1976]


Joseph F. Whitley
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

COOKS MILLS - Joseph Foster Whitley, 64, of Cooks Mills, was pronounced dead on arrival at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday at Mattoon Memorial Hospital, after suffering an apparent heart attack in his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola. Burial will be in Humboldt Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 - 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Whitley was born march 27, 1910, in Cooks Mills, the son of John and Jane Abston Whitley. He married Betty Grooms in Mattoon, Aug. 18, 1946. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Randall and Roland, both of Mattoon; five sisters, Mrs. Daisy Hance, Mrs. Lucille Wright, and Mrs. Ruth Beals, all of Humboldt, Mrs. Melinda Cobb Dorans, and Mrs. Mary Wilcox, Mattoon; and three brothers, George and Jesse, Both of Mattoon, and Ernst, Humboldt.

He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Cooks Mills and a World War II Veteran.
[Charleston Courier? - November 27, 1974]


Lela Wise
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

MATTOON - Funeral services for Mrs. Lela Wise will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Schilling's Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Wise died Monday at her home.
[Charleston Courier? - November 27, 1974]


Mildred L. Snyder
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

CHARLESTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred L. Snyder were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kenneth Licht officiating. Organist, Miss Kathy Hosto, played "Abide With Me," and "Nearer My God To Thee." Casket bearers were Raymond Morris, Homer Eyrse, Wilford Charleston, Doug Meyer, George Pierce, and Walt Lowell. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery under the Supervision of Harper-Swickard funeral directors.

Mrs. Snyder died Monday at the Charleston Community Hospital.
[Charleston Courier? - September 26, 1974]


Fernande Deligny
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

CHARLESTON - Fernande Deligny, 92, of route 3, Charleston, died about 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hilltop Nursing Home. She was the mother of Mrs. Fred (Jacqueline) Moler of Charleston. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Deligny was born June 9, 1882 in Paris, France, the daughter of Emile and Marie Robinot Carre. She was married to Leon Deligny, who preceded her in death in 1952. Survivors include two sons, Fred Deligny of Wurtsboro, N.Y. and Marcel Deligny of Congers, N.Y.; two daughters, Mrs. Moler, Charleston and Mrs. Drison (Jeanne) Stone, New Haven, Vt.; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

One daughter preceded her in death.
[Charleston Courier? - November 27, 1974]


Richard A. Keigley
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

MATTOON - Richard A. Keigley, 19, of 520 Charleston Ave., died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Mattoon Memorial Hospital. Keigley's death is being investigated by Coles County Coroner Richard Lynch. The youth became ill at his home Tuesday afternoon and was dead on arrival at the hospital at about 5:15 p.m., Lynch said. An autopsy and laboratory tests have been ordered, Lynch said. An inquest will be held into the cause of death at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Mattoon city hall. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Schilling's Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 22, 1955 in Mattoon, the son of John and Peggy Dee Keigley. His parents survive. Other survivors include four brothers, Gary Lynn, Ronald Lee, Terry Joe, and Jimmy Dean, all of Mattoon and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mabel Keigley, Mattoon.
[Charleston Courier? - November 27, 1974]


Freda O'Hair
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

MATTOON - Mrs. Freda O'Hair, 77, of 2904 Champaign Ave., was dead on arrival at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mattoon Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Schilling's Funeral Home.

Mrs. O'Hair was born July 22, 1896 in Mattoon, the daughter of Joseph and Ida High Mock. She was married to Ross O'Hair, who preceded her in death. She is survived by one niece, Mrs. John Vaught, Urbana.
[Charleston Courier? - December 2, 1974]


Everett Y. Duensing
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KANSAS - Everett Y. Duensing, 78, of Kansas, formerly of Charleston, died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Nursing Home, Charleston.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sutton and Son Funeral Home, Kansa. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Kansas. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Monday. The family will be present from 3-5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Duensing was born Sept 19, 1896 in Nebraska, the son of Louis and Clarissa Young Duensing. He was married to Mabel Perry June 30, 1918 in Charleston. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Francis of Tuscola; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Hibschman of Highland, Ind.; one brother, Robert of Culver, Ind.; one sister, Mrs. Odessa Hallock of Charleston; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister. He was a retired school custodian, having served in that position for 27 years. He was a member of the Kansas Presbyterian Church.
[Charleston Courier? - December 2, 1974]


Lula May Lacy
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

Lacy, Lula May, 91, died Saturday night. She is survived by children, Emerson, Glen Ellyn, Robert, Mary, May, Ellen and Edith.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today in Schilling's Funeral Home. Burial will be in Long Point Cemetery, southeast of Neoga.
[Charleston Courier? - February 27, 1974]


Stella 'Nora' Sparks
Contributed by source #25 (no relation)

MATTOON - Mrs. Stella Elinora "Nora" Sparks, 91, of 713 S. 24th St., died at 10:05 p.m. Saturday in Mattoon Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, Toledo. Friends may call at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home after 6 P.m. Monday. Burial will be in Toledo Cemetery.

Mrs. Sparks was born Feb. 19, 1883 near Toledo, the daughter of William and Permilla Landers Gentry. She was married to Lewis E. Sparks in Cumberland Co. in September, 1901. He died January 23, 1944 in Toledo. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Leona Webb of Mattoon and Mrs. Richard (Mary) Hilton, Indianapolis, Ind.; three sons, Wayne Sparks, Sullivan, Thomas Sparks, Milwaukee, Wis., and Geoffrey Sparks, Booneville, Ind.; three sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Ingram, Arcola; Mrs. Essie Sparks and Mrs. Susan Gillespie, both of Mattoon; 32 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sparks was a member of the First Christian Church of Toledo. She had lived in Mattoon for the past 13 years, after moving from Toledo.
[Charleston Courier? - December 2, 1974]


Madonna Miller
Contributed by source #25

MATTOON - Mrs. Madonna Miller died Friday night in a Nashville, Tenn. hospital following surgery. Mrs. Miller was the wife of John Miller, a former managing editor of the Journal Gazette. He survives.

Mrs. Miller was born in Mattoon, the daughter of Harry and Vella Linthicum. Besides her husband and mother, Mrs. Miller is survived by a son, John, of California, and a daughter, Susan, of Nashville. She is also survived by one grandchild.

Funeral services for Mrs. Miller will be held Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville.
[Charleston Courier? - December 2, 1974]


Lawrence Wright
Contributed by source #25

CHARLESTON - Lawrence E. Wright, 59, of 2 Harrison in Charleston died at 12:55 p.m. Thursday at the Sara Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harper-Swickard Chapel with burial in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Wright was born Sept. 27, 1919, in Charleston, the sons of Lewis and Pearl Mae Craig Wright. He married Mae Faria on May 7, 1945, in New York, N.Y. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Madeline Pearl at home; one brother, James L. Wright of Charleston; three sisters, Mrs. Eula L. Scribner of Charleston, Mrs. Madeline F. Boyd of Brazil, Ind., and Mrs. Margaret E. Tyler of Mahomet.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Charleston congregation of the Jehova Witnesses Church, and had been employed as a maintenance worker for the Tustin, Calif., School District. He was a Veteran of WWII.
[Charleston Courier? - June 15, 1979]


Charles Stites
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CHARLESTON - Charles D. Stites, 67, of 847 Division Street died at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Americana Health Care Center in Urbana.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Church, Charleston. Friends may call before the services. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery. A Masonic service was held Thursday night at 7:30 in the Harper-Swickard Chapel for Mr. Stites.

Mr. Stites was born November, 10, 1911, in Charleston, the son of Stanley D. and Pearl Snyder Stites. His mother survives. He married the former Edna Ingle on February 23, 1930 in Mattoon. She also survives. Also surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Elmer (Eleanor) Douglas of Miami, Florida and Mrs. James (Eloise) Newby of Charleston; four brothers, Thomas E. of Whittier, California; Stanley J. and Max D. of Clinton, and Donald W. of Hendersonville, Tennessee; six sisters, Mrs. Curtis (Lillian) Stone, Miami, Florida; Mrs. Joseph (Josephine) Grove of North Miami Beach, Florida; Mrs. Dorothy Wetzel, Miami; Mrs. Dola (Pauline) Miller, Mattoon; Mrs. Thomas (Dora) Gunnell of Lantana, Florida; Mrs. James (Pricilla) Way of Charleston; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Stites was a member of the Charleston Community church where he was also a moderator and deacon; and Eagle and Silver Beaver Scout, a Scoutmaster; a member of the Toastmasters Club; a certified lay speaker for the Methodist church, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge #35; a member of the Eastern Star and the A.F. and A. M. Until 1974 he owned and operated the Stites Grocery Store.
[Charleston Courier? - June 15, 1979]


Bob Daugherty
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ARCOLA - Charles Robert "Bob" Daugherty, 52, of 116 N. Walnut, Arcola died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Carie Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola. Visitation is to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Daugherty was born July 20, 1926, in Arcola, the son of Stewart S. and Bertha Mae Rogers Daugherty. He married Marietta Rich in Tuscola on Sept. 26, 1948. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, John of Danville, Rick and Joe, both at home; a daughter; Mrs. Dan (Cindy) Billingsley of St. Louis; two brothers, Dean of Mattoon and John of Gibson City; two grandsons. A brother preceded him in death.

A Veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict, he was a pipe fitter who retired from USI in Tuscola in 1974. He was a former president of his local union and a member of the United Methodist Church of Arcola.
[Charleston Courier? - January 22, 1979]


Vance E. Murphy
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Mattoon Native Dies in Texas........ AUSTIN, TEXAS - Colonel Vance E. Murphy, 73, of 2905 Stratford Drive, Austin, Texas - a Mattoon native - died Saturday in Austin. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Weed-Corley Funeral Home, with burial in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

He was born Aug. 8, 1905 in Mattoon, the son of Edward C. and Martha Davenport Murphy. His wife, Cora, survives and is living in Austin.
Also surviving are a daughter, Susan Murphy Edmonds of Houston.

Col. Murphy, a graduate of Mattoon High School, was a retired Air Force Officer and a Veteran of World War II. January 22, 1979


Mark D. Strong
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NEWTON - Services for Mark D. Strong of Ashmore will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Pulliam Funeral Home in Newton. Cremation will follow. Mr. Strong, 21, was killed Tuesday evening in a motorcycle accident on Illinois 16 east of Charleston.

He was born April 15, 1958, in Decatur, the son of John L. and Shirley F. Brown Strong. He was married to Susan L. Norris. Surviving are his wife; his parents; two brothers, Charles of Oblong and Alan of Willow Hill; and two sisters, Rebecca Metz of Riverton, Wyo., and Judith Andrews of Willow Hill.

Mr. Strong was a member of the Fairmouth Church of Christ. He worked for Trailmobile in Charleston.
[Charleston Courier? - June 14, 1979]


Forrest Greathouse
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Mr. And Mrs. W. C. Greathouse of Toledo, Ill. have received a message which stated that their son, Forrest Greathouse, was instantly killed Tuesday during a storm on Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, when he slipped and fell over 2,000 feet.

Mr. Greathouse was a former resident of Charleston during the time he attended the Teachers College here.

An INS story from Tacoma, Wash. said two men were killed and at least two more seriously injured when a party of six mountain climbers fell into a crevasse 13,000 feet up the slope of Mount Rainier, near here.
[Charleston Courier? - July 3, 1979]


Roy Checkley
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CHARLESTON - Funeral services for Roy J. Checkley were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. Loren D. Lang and the Rev. John Vavrock officiating. The organist, Mrs. Vern Barnes, played "Amazing Grace," "Oh, Gentle Presence" and "Haven of Rest." Casket bearers were John, James, Denny, and David Checkley, Rex Masterson and Steven Walton, nephews of Mr. Checkley. Burial was in the Resthaven Cemetery in Mattoon.

Mr. Checkley died Tuesday morning at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
[Charleston Courier? - May 4, 1979]


Lucille Weber
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KANSAS - Funeral services for Lucille Weber will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sutton and Sutton Funeral Home in Kansas. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Weber died Tuesday in Prescott, Ariz.
[Charleston Courier? - May 4, 1979]


Mary Smith
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BROCTON - Mrs. Mary E. Smith, 64, of rural Brocton died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Paris Community Hospital. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Sutton and Son Funeral Home, Paris. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery, Paris.

Mrs. Smith was born in Paris, a daughter of Lester and Oda Milburn. She married Floyd Smith in 1933. He survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Albert Milburn of Mattoon and James Milburn of Paris, and three sisters, Helen Freeman and Ethel Debue, both of Paris, and Goldie Lannon of Charleston.
[Charleston Courier? - May 4, 1979]


Harold Fryman, Sr.
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MATTOON - Harold Fryman, Sr., 70, of 1520 N. 10th, Mattoon died at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Schilling's Funeral Home.

Mr. Fryman was born Oct. 27, 1910 in Mattoon, a son of Ernest and Ada Irene Strader Fryman. He was married to Harriett Mardel Rardin who preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 1965. He is survived by 11 sons, Harold W., Jr., Lonnie, Clifford, Daniel Vern, Teddy, Eddy, Rick, Steve and Robert, all of Mattoon, Freddie of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ronnie Gene of Sullivan; eight daughters, Suzie Hetzel, Mrs. Charles (Bonnie) Toler, Mrs. Michael (Joyce) Wishart and Arlene Fryman, all of Mattoon, Mrs. Sam (Lulabell) Strader of Trilla, Mrs. Miles (Rita) Wright of Decatur, Mrs. Danny (Patsy) Holland of Effingham and Brenda Edwards of Neoga; a brother, Elmer Fryman of Mattoon; 36 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

One son, four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
[Charleston Courier? - August 19, 1981]


Glenn Wright
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BRINGHURST, IND. - Glenn R. Wright, 59, died at 10:43 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Kokomo, Ind. Mr. Wright was the husband of former Charleston resident Jenetta Carlisle Wright. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today the Neptune Funeral Home in Burlington, Ind. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery in Howard County, Ind.

He was born June 25, 1922 in Charleston, a son of James W. and Pearl McMahon Wright. He was married to Jenetta Carlisle in Charleston on F3b. 27, 1941. She survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Nellie Cook and Mrs. Barbara Murphy, both of Kokomo, and Kitty Wright and Pamela Wright, both of Bringhurst; two sons, James and Russel Wright of Walton, Ind.; a brother, Dan Wright of Stockton, Calif. and 12 grandchildren. One daughter and one brother preceded him in death.

He was a member of the Salvation Army Church and Eagles Lodge of Kokomo, and the local United Steel Workers. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. Wright lived in the Burlington and Kokomo area since 1949. He retired in 1977 after working 28 years for the Penn Dixi Steel Corp. in Kokomo.
[Charleston Courier? - August 17, 1981]


June Shoot
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CHARLESTON - June Maxine Shoot, 55, of 112 W. Pierce, Charleston died at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ashmore Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Shoot was born June 22, 1926 in Allenville, Ill., a daughter of Alva and Oakney Cotton Holsapple. She was married to Robert D. Shoot on Jan. 18, 1948 in Charleston. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Randy of Charleston and Chris of Warsaw, Ind.; two sisters, Mrs. Bryce (Faye) VanBellehem of Harding, Ark. And Mrs. Robert (Iva Jean) Samuel of Batavia and two grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Mrs. Shoot was a member of the East Harrison Street Church of God.
[Charleston Courier? - August 19, 1981]


Helen Newland
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MATTOON - Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Newland, 76, formerly of 106 N. 11th, Mattoon, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Dirksen House in Springfield. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Newland was born March 19, 1905 in Mattoon, a daughter of Silas and Etta Spaulding Pyle. She was married to Harold A. Newland in Mattoon in 1923. He died in June of 1974 in Mattoon. She is survived by two sons, Richard E. of Rochester, Ill. And Charles, formerly of Mattoon and now also of Rochester; a sister, Mrs. Loy (Edith) Goeler of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One sister preceded her in death.

Mrs. Newland was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church of Mattoon and the Royal Neighbors of America. She was formerly a member of the Church's Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella.
[Charleston Courier? - August 19, 1981]


Isabel Creath
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MATTOON - Graveside services for Mrs. Isabel Creath, 80, of Mabelvale, Ark,., will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Mt. Zion Cemetery north of Coles Station. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to the time of the services at Schilling's Funeral Home.

Mrs. Creath, a former Mattoon resident, died at 8 a.m. Monday in Little Rock Hospital at Little Rock, Ark.
[Charleston Courier? - August 19, 1981]


Gretta M. Brannah
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BELVIDERE, ILL. - Gretta M. Brannah, 88, of 929 W. Locust St., Belvidere, Ill., formerly of Mattoon, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Joseph Hospital in Belvidere. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Witbeck-Wheeler-Sabien and Sparks Funeral Home in Belvidere. Burial will be in the Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Belvidere.

Mrs. Brannah was born Feb 4, 1893, in New Canton, Ill., the daughter of John and May Brown Morey. She married Joseph N. Brannah on Oct. 21, 1914 in Quincy, Ill. He preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Joan Brannah, of Belvidere.

Mrs. Brannah was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston and a former member of the Charleston Woman' Club and the Eastern Star.
[Charleston Courier? - April 2, 1981]


Edith Pennington Brown
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SPRINGFIELD - - Mrs. Edith Pennington Brown, 100, of Springfield died Sunday at her home. She was a former resident of Mattoon. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today in the Hope Presbyterian Church, Springfield, with Rev. John Buzza officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon. Visitation was last night at the Bordman-Smith Funeral Home, Springfield. Memorials may be made to the Hope Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Brown was born Jan. 2, 1881, in Jerseyville, a daughter of Lott and Rebecca Rue Pennington. Her husband, Horace E. Brown, died in 1958. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. George (Hope) Nelson, and a son, George P. Brown, both of Springfield; one granddaughter and one grandson.

Mrs. Brown was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church; the Work Together Circle of King's Daughters and the Sgt. Caleb Hopkins chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
[Charleston Courier? - June 2, 1981]


Charles Neff
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MATTOON - Charles Neff, 92, formerly of 1216 DeWitt Ave. in Mattoon died at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Mattoon Health Care Center.
Funeral services for Mr. Neff were held Sunday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. John Houser officiating. Burial was in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Organist Mrs. Virginia Barrow played "How Great Thou Art", "Church in the Valley by the Wildwood", and "The Lord's Prayer". Casket bearers included Jerry and Jim Neff, Marty Rappe, Charles Rand, Paul Sidenstricker and Jack Harrell.

Mr. Neff was born Aug. 21, 1888 in the state of Kansas, a son of Wilson and Elizabeth Weaver Neff. He married Mary L. Gilbert in Charleston Jan. 18, 1911. She preceded him in death Sept. 25, 1980. He is survived by one son, Charles K. of Mattoon, two daughters, Mrs. Roy (Inez) Sidenstricker of RR 1 Charleston and Mrs. Frank (Mildred) Rand of Sullivan; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great- great-grand child. He was preceded in death by four sisters.

Mr. Neff was a retired grocer. He and his wife operated Neff's Grocery at 3120 Marshall in Mattoon for a number of years. He was a member of the Lodge No. 260 IOOF and a former member of the Modern Woodman. He lived in or near Mattoon all of his life.
[Charleston Courier? - March 2, 1981]


Golden Flake
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INDIANAPOLIS - Golden Alumbaugh Flake, 68, of Indianapolis, formerly of Toledo, died Wednesday in Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday in Indianapolis. Graveside services will be held at the Janesville Cemetery, south of Charleston, at 2 p.m.

He was born Nov. 16, 1912, a son of Joe and Pearl Alumbaugh Flake. Survivors include his wife, Rita Nay Flake; one son F. Edward Flake of Indianapolis; one brother, Berlen Flake of Decatur; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and Northwestern University. He was a professor of physics at Perdue University and Indiana University for 31 years, retiring Professor Emeritus in 1978. Mr. Flake was a Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Association of Physics Professors and the American Society of Engineering Education. He taught for the National Science Foundation. He was co-author of "Technical Institute of Physics".

He was a member of the Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
[Charleston Courier? - March 6, 1981]


Grace L. Kaiser
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CHARLESTON - Grace L. Kaiser, 61, of Route r, Charleston, died at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday at Carie Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harper-Swickard Chapel. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.

Mrs. Kaiser was born March 27, 1919 in Charleston, a daughter of Albert and Myrtle Veach. She was married to Donald Kaiser. He died Dec. 20, 1979. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Sharon) Ray of Trilla; three brothers, Glenn Veach and James Veach, both of Charleston, and Ralph Veach of Orlando, Fla., and two grandchildren.
[Charleston Courier? - January 21, 1981]


Ruth I. McKee
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CHARLESTON - Mrs. Ruth I. McKee, 74, of Charleston died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Caudill-King Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

She was born Jan. 20, 1907 in Seven Hickory Township, the daughter of Wilbur and Lillie Clayton. She was married to Albert McKee May 9, 1925. He died in 1968. Survivors include one son, Max of New Haven, Ind.; two brothers, Dee Clayton and Thomas Clayton, both of Charleston; one sister, Mrs. Raymond (Edna) McDaniel of Charleston and four grandchildren.
[Charleston Courier? - January 21, 1981]


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