Cumberland County, Illinois

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Callier, Charles
Charles Callier, once the principal merchant of Tuscola, died yesterday at Phillips boarding house, of delirium tremens.
[Effingham City Democrat, Thursday, 21 March 1872, p. 3, c. 1].

Cannon, Rev. William A,, son of Bert Cannon, was born near Morristown,Tenn,, October 17, 1841. He was reared on a farm then did railroading with the East Tennessee and Virginia Co. In April 1861, he joined the Civil War, in Co. C, of First Tennessee Cavalry. He was discharged June 18,1865, and came to Illinois in 1867, and settled near Fullers Point, Coles
County. April 22, 1869, he married Miss Mary Turner, she died August 17,1881, they had no children. September 8, 1883, he married Miss Lavina Titus. Their children were William Leroy, Nary Ann, John Francis, and Joseph Ross,
He was ordained to the ministry of the Baptist Church, and his first pastorate was at Mt. Zion church near Fullers Point, where he served for ten years. He served as an active pastor for more than 50 years. He died at the age of 85 years and was buried in Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon,Ill.

Carlen, Harold R., 83, Greenup, retired from Ettelbrick Shoe Co., died Friday (April 23, 2004). Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Greenup Cemetery. Memorials: Cumberland Nursing Center. Hazel Lucinda Carr, age 92 of Greenup, Illinois, passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at Mattoon Health Care Center in Mattoon, Illinois. Hazel was born February 25, 1911 in Findlay, Illinois, a daughter of Preston and Bessie (Maxey) Thompson. She married Paul Carr on November 22, 1930; he passed away November 14, 1985. Hazel is survived by two sons, Norman Carr of  Newbury Park, CA, and Gene Carr of Glenview, IL; a brother, Max Thompson of Edinburg, IL; four grandchildren, Mike, Lucy, Erin and Jessica; two great-grandchildren, Paul Michael and Keely and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul; two sisters, Elaine and Joyce; and a grandson, Charles. Hazel retired from the Ettelbrick Shoe Factory and was a long-time member of the Greenup United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2004 at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup, with Rev. Jean Webster officiating. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery, rural Greenup. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. In loving memory of Hazel memorials may be made to the Greenup United Methodist Church.

Carlen, Joe, 52, of Sandwich, Illinois, surrounded by his loved ones, was called upon by our Lord at his home on Tuesday, December 23, 2003, after a long battle with cancer. He was born January 1, 1951 in Greenup, Illinois. Joe chose to enjoy life up until the very end. Everyone that knew Joe loved him. He retired from AT&T after 30 years of service. He enjoyed working with his hands and did a lot of carpentry as a hobby. Joe was the type of person that enjoyed being surrounded by friends and family and having a good time. During his retirement, he spent many weekends with his brother, Jim and their friends fishing and hunting in Missouri. Joe enjoyed spending a few hours every Wednesday and Thursday with his friends at Ebby Georges in Morris, IL as well as keeping in touch with his many friends at Del Debios in Lisle, IL. Joe enjoyed these weekly endeavors with his good friend Randy Keeneth who has been a part of our family and a regular fixture at our home these past few years, always willing to help in any way that he could. Joe's brother Jim who has been a source of strength for all of us also spent almost all of his free time with us at our home.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 27 at Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL with the Pastor Lora Zink officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 26 at Turner Funeral Home (815) 498-2363. Visitation will also be held on Sunday, December 28 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup, IL with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 29, at Bishop Funeral Home (217) 923-3142. Burial will be in Jack Oak Cemetery in Greenup, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115. He is survived by his wife, Adele (Hunckler) of Sandwich; his son, Travis of Lake City, FL; his daughters by marriage, Becki (Robert) Peacock, Kathy Glover and her fiance, Tom Jebbins of Minooka, IL and Becky (Preston) Stephenson of Lake City, FL; seven grandchildren, Amber and  Dylan Peacock, Austin Glover, Andrew, Anthony, Cody and Summer Stephenson; his mother, Olive Carlen of Greenup, IL; two brothers, James and John (Janet) Carlen; and one sister, Lydia (Terry) Fritts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth L. Carlen; and his son, Kenneth J. Carlen.

Carr, Mrs. Temperance E. Woolever was the daughter of Lenard and Pamelia Black Woolever, was born October 23, 1866 in Union Twp., Cumberland Co. Ill. She married Perry Tillman Carr May 8, 1384. Their children  were Dessie (Enyart), Forrest, Stewart, Lettie, Eldon, Ruth, Clifford, Dwight and Paul. Perry died in 1909, She leaves three daughtes, two sons, 24 grand children and 67 great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Mrs. Effie Thornton of Mattoon, Mrs, Carr died Nov. 26, 1961, aged 95 years, one month and three days, at the home of Dessie Enyart, and is buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cumberland County, Ill.

Carrell, Mrs. Hepsy J. Starbuck, daughter of William and Mary Starbuck, was born in Stokes County, North Carolina, December 19, 1849, and died November 2, 1916, aged 66 years, 11 months and 17 days. She married James Alexander Carrell September 9, 1878. James died March 6, 1907. They had seven children: Seth, who died Oct. 16, 1879, Ross Harrah of Ryder, North Dakota, Charles; Mrs. Grace Jones of Ryder, N.D. Palmer, and a son who died in infancy
Survivors are five children and one brother Charles (Wesley) of Bloomington, Indiana. She was buried in Tippett Cemetery. (Cumberland Co.,Ill.)
(Hepsy was the second wife of James ).

Carroll, Mrs. Elizabeth E. ,Elizabeth Elton Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Johnson, was born at Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, October 6, 1850, and departed this life in Stoy, at the home of her son Lewis Matthews on February 4, 1934, aged 83 years, 3 months, and 29 days.  She emigrated to Decatur, Macon County, Illinois at the age of 6 years where she grew to womanhood.  She was married to William Matthews of Macon County on September 13, 1868.  He preceded her in death 35 years ago.  In 1905 she was married to Edward Carroll, who preceded her in death 21 years ago.  She is survived by 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls, namely: Mrs. Ida Madden of Terre Haute, Ind., Mrs. Stella MacFarland of Stoy, Thomas Matthews, Walter Matthews and Bert Matthews of Champaign, Connelly Matthews of Bridgeport and Lewis Matthews of Stoy; 26 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. T. M. Cameron of Brownstown.  She was alife long member of the Christian Church.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Hidalgo Christian Church by Rev. J. E. Spencer.  Interment was in the Aten Cemetery.
From the Greenup Press 1934:

Carson, Mrs. Elizabeth Sr.
Died at the residence of Mr. David Carson, senior, near Greenup, Illinois on the twenty-third of May, 1873, Mrs. Elizabeth Carson, Sr., and step-mother of Mr. Andrew Carson, Circuit Clerk of Cumberland County. She was fifty-two years and eleven days. She had been a resident of Cumberland County for a great number of years and was highly esteemed for her neighborly qualities and leaves a large circle of friends and relatives.
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 30 May 1873].

Carson, Mrs. Elizabeth Sr. died at the residence of Mr. David Carson, senior, near Greenup, Illinois on the twenty third of May, 1873, Mrs. Elizabeth Carson Sr., and step-mother of Mr. Andrew Carson, Circuit Clerk of Cumberland County. She was fifty-two years and eleven days. She had been a resident of cumberland County for a great number of years and was highly esteemed for her neighborly qualities and leaves a large circle of friends and relatives.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday May 30, 1873)

Carter, Mrs.
Mrs. Carter, ‘sister of Edmond Richardson, died on Saturday night at the age of eighty-five years. Mrs. Carter was an English lady. Her husband was a soldier under the Duke of Wellington and was engaged in the Battle of Wales.. The old lady had many old time mementos of Old England and the times that are past and gone.
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 28 August 1872, p. 3, c. 2.].

Cather, James - Death of James Cather.... 86, one of the oldest citizens of this vicinity died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Josie Jenkins, Tuesday perishing at 11:30 o'clock. Death was due to infirmities of age. Funeral services were held at 1:30 in the afternoon at the M.E. church Rev Carl H... officiating. The body was taken to the Drummond cemetery near Neal for burial.
Mr. Cather was born in Scott county, Indiana March 15, 1844. When a young man he moved to near Neal where he engaged in farming. He saw service in the Civil War and won several medals for bravery. He was the last surviving member of Company B Illinois Infantry. In 1873 he married Miss Eliza Hill, Johnstown. Mrs. Cather died several years ago. Until about five years ago Mr. Cather was actively engaged as a farmer on his farm near Neal. Since then he has been living here with his daughter. Mr. Cather is survived by 7 children, Mrs. Josie Jenkins and Mrs. Thomas Seeley, Lerna; Mrs. Effie Borror, Buffalo, New York; Melvin Caher and James Cather, Toledo; Thomas Cather, Lina, and William Cather, Mattoon. Besides the children there are 29 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. The Lerna Weekly Eagle October 3, 1930 (src:

Chaney, Pauline, 83, of Decatur, living in Jewett during the summer months, died 11:26 a.m. Friday (Aug. 20, 2004) in Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Barkley Funeral Chapel, Greenup, with visitation 12:30 p.m. until services. Burial will be in Jewett Cemetery. Memorials: Covenant Medical Center critical care unit. Mrs. Chaney was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Casey, the daughter of Ellis and Minnie Tague Ratts. She was a homemaker, She married Lester "Buss" Chaney on March 13, 1937. He preceded her in death in 1999. Surviving are her son, Ron Chaney and wife LaVonne of Shelbyville; daughters, Shirley Hart and husband Don of Mount Zion; Nancy Lotzgesell and husband Mike of Decatur; sisters, Sylvia White of Abingdon; Freda Yocum of Westervelt; Ruby Palmer of Cottonwood, Ariz.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, three sisters and one grandchild. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the nurses and staff of the critical care unit at Covenant Medical Center. 

Chaplin, Neva Mae
Neva Mae Chaplin, 85, died on Wednesday, June 16, 2004, after fighting a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born May 24, 1919, in Neoga, the daughter of Edmond and Gertrude Ellis Gordon. Neva was a longtime resident of Rockford. She married Earl D. Chaplin on May 5, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo. He died on June 28, 1989. Neva was an avid bingo player at UAW and had many friends there. She devoted her life to taking care of her family and many others. Neva took great pride in her family, and she will be loved and missed tremendously. She was a very special woman. Survivors include sisters, Donnabelle Werden and Betty Walters, both of Charleston; grandchildren, Candy Cofield, Robin (Rick) Williams, Kelly Cofield, Bryan (Francis) Hoffman and Vickie (Vince) Maurchie, all of Rockford; great-grandchildren, Chasity Utech, Joshua Cofield, Ricky Williams, Julia, Atam, Matthew, Brittany and Vince Maurchie, all of Rockford; four great-great- grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents; six brothers; two sisters; daughter, Ellen Russell; and grandchildren, Jimmy and Penny Cofield.  Service at 10 a.m. Monday, June 21, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., with the Rev. Dr. William R. Kerr Sr., officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Chapman, Eloise Lucy, 80, of Collierville, Tenn., formerly of Casey, TRW retiree, died at 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, at her sons residence in Collierville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hazel Dell Church of God, 124 W. Main St., Hazel Dell, with burial in Hazel Dell Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to Hazel Dell Church of God. Barkley Funeral Chapel, Greenup, is in charge of arrangements.

Chapman, Hazel M., 85, of Hidalgo died 10:45 p.m. Wednesday (July 7, 2004) in her home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Barkley Funeral Chapel, Greenup, with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Aten Cemetery, Hidalgo. Mrs. Chapman was born June 19, 1919, in Hidalgo, the daughter of Henry and Della Frazier Sowers. She was a homemaker. She married Russell Chapman on Feb. 24, 1940. He preceded her in death in 1995. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers, Bernard Sowers and Wayne Sowers.

Coble, Alson, son of Madison and Mary .Coble, was born in North Carolina, April 29, 1841, died at Toledo, Illinois, February 20, 1918, aged 76 years, 9 months and 21 days. He married, first, Martha J. Edwards, September 20,1863. They had eight children-5 deceased, wife also deceased. Living children- Maggie Snodgrass; William M.; and Horace G., all of Janesville,16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one half brother, U.N. Coble of Greenup. In 1900, he married Melcine McCandlish. She survives. He was in the Civil War, in the 33rd. Ind. Inf.

Coleman, Ruby D., 94, of Greenup died at 1 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2004, in Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon. She was a former employee of TRW in Casey and Casey Shoe Co. She was born Sept. 14, 1909, in Cumberland County to Alexander E. Shafer and Nora Emily Cooper Shafer. Her husband, John Harlen "Whitey" Coleman, whom she married Dec. 23, 1930, died May 25, 1996. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, James H. and Barbara Coleman of Casey, and George A. and Joyce Coleman of Maryland Heights, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Nora and Richard Redfern of Toledo; grandchildren, Angie Rao and her husband ViJay, Jeffrey Coleman, Karen Redfern, Kathy Gabel, Greg Coleman and Travis Coleman; and great-grandchildren, Krishna Rao, Nicole Wallace, Ashley Wallace, John Coleman, Tyler Coleman and Amelia Coleman. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Patricia Coleman; an infant brother; and two sisters, Pearl Cutright and Opal Graham. She was a member of Union Baptist Church, Union Center, and a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star in Casey. Services are 11 a.m. CST Wednesday in Markwell Funeral Home in Casey, with the Revs. Jim Watts
and Rick Emrich officiating. Burial is in Casey Cumberland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jeff Coleman, Greg Coleman, Travis Coleman, Vi Jay Rao, Larry Cutright and John Lee Cutright. Honorary pallbearers are Leslie "Buzz" Mullen and Charles Shafer. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today. Memorial contributions may be made to Simple Blessings in Casey, or Cumberland County Life Center in Toledo.

Connelley, Charles Norman, 76, of Decatur, IL, died at 9:31 P.M., Friday, August 6, 2004 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be 5 to 8 P.M.,Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home with burial following at 3:30 P.M. in Jack Oak Cemetery, Greenup, IL. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Greenup Military Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to LSA Scholarship Fund. Mr. Connelley was born October 14, 1927 in Westfield, IL. the son of Nelson and Esther (Kuhn) Connelley. He was a 1945 graduate of Greenup High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving from 1945 to 1947. He then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1947 to 1987. In 1949, he graduated from Indiana Institute of Mortuary Science and worked for Titus Funeral Homes in Oblong and Robinson, IL from 1949 until 1955. He became a Staff Engineer and Line Supervisor for Caterpillar Tractor Company retiring in 1985 after thirty years of service. After his retirement he worked for Decatur Memorial Hospital as a security guard. Mr. Connelley married Barbara Jane Walker on December 19, 1987 in Decatur, IL. He enjoyed collecting coins, treasurer hunting and antique cars. Mr. Connelley was a member of the Decatur Coin Club, Railsplitters Coin Club, Clinton Coin Club, Sage City Relic Hunters, Indiana Research and Recovery Society, Three Rivers Research and Recovery Association, Central Illinois Vintage Car Club, The Desoto Odometer, Kaiser-Frasier Owners Club, American Legion and Masonic Lodge in Greenup and Decatur, IL.  Surviving are his wife, Barabara; sons, Gary and wife Cheryl, Tom and wife Peggy, Bruce and wife Lynn, Mark and Rick and wife Annette;
daughter, Christina; step-sons, Fred and wife Dawn and Thomas and wife Michelle; step-daughter, Victoria; grandchildren, Andrea, Shannon, Phillip, Candice, Markie, Matt, Andy, Heather and Morgan; step-grandchildren, Crista, Courtney, Dakota, Garrett, Margaret, Ryan, Erin, Brendan, Geoffery, Richard, Shelby, Krystal and Cody; great-grandchildren, Reily, Kolby, Bryson, Gavon and Kaleb. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild. Obituary written by family members

Connor, Charles N., son of John Tipton and Jacy Connor, who came to Illinois Rome, Perry county, Indiana, was born April 13, 1372, on a farm five miles southwest of Neoga, in Spring Point, Cumberland County, Ill. He was graduated from the school of Law of Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill., in the class of 1895. June 3, 1903, he married Miss Clyta McNutt of Charleston, who died September 7, 1945. He died at the age of 90 years. (They had two daughters, Ruth and Katheryn). He belonged to the Masonic Lodge, No. 834, which held anurgent meeting to conduct the funeral rites July 22, 1962.

Cowger, Albert L., 52, of Lerna, Village of Lerna employee and veteran, died at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Barkley Funeral Chapel, Toledo, with burial in Drummond Cemetery, rural Neoga, Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Crews, Dorothes Kepp
Dorothea "Dot" Kepp Crews, 90, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, in Melbourne, Fla.
Born in Neoga, Ill., May 9, 1913. As a child she moved with her family to Florida in the 1920s. With her husband, "Jake," she moved from Wauchula to Ocala before leaving to enter the propane business in Seneca in 1955. Mrs. Crews moved to Melbourne in 1991. Dot was always involved in her community such as civic groups, fund raisers and church ministries. Her deep love of Jesus Christ, family and friends continued to draw her to church. She lovingly supported many with her presence and financial commitment. As a mother and grandmother, she listened, loved and provided guidance and walked with us as we made our own decisions. Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis (Robert) Long, and Diane Crews Cox, former owner of Mail and More; and a son, Michale "Mike" (Becky) Crews, owner of Four C's Nursery, all of Melbourne, Fla.; a brother, Robert Kepp, of Littleton, Colo.; and nine grandchildren, Dr. J. Blake (Jenny) Long, of Savannah, Ga., Brynn Diane Long, of Dallas, Dorothea Emily "Dorie" Cox, of Key Largo, Fla., Dina Marett Cox, of Atlanta, Brant W. Long, of London, England, Deborah "Deb" Cox, of Homer, Alaska, Michael "Mick" (Angela) Crews, of Melbourne, Fla., Joseph Calhoun (Pam) Cox, of Tacoma, Wash., and Joseph C. "Jake" (Maggie) Crews, of Melbourne, Fla.; plus seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. "Jake" Crews (former mayor of Ocala, Fla., and Seneca, S.C.); her parents, Letha Brant Kepp and Russell Blaine Kepp; her twin brother, Donald Kepp; and brother, William Kepp.

Cullors, Jacob
Jacob Cullors died Saturday, August 2’d, 1873 at three o’clock p.m. at his residence in Prairie City. Good old Uncle Jacob Cullors was nearly sixty years old. For the last thirty years, he had been a good consistent member of the Methodist Church. No man ever lived in this community whose sustained a better character, as an upright man, one of strict honesty and unblemished integrity... .Rev. J. C. McCann preached Jacob Cullors funeral service at the Methodist Chuich, Prairie City, last Sabbath The remains were followed by a large group of friends and acquaintances to the Salem burial ground.
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 8 August 1873].

Cummins, Mrs. Rebecca - widow of John Cummins, Sr died Thursday, aged 91 years, 6 mos, 8 days. Her husband had died 20 years earlier. Survivors include 4 sons: William, J. Frank and John of Rose Hill and Marion of Hornbrook, Calif.; two daughters Mrs. Rachel Roberts of Mahomet and Mrs. Addie Fitch of Cumberland county.

Cutright, Mary Eleanor

Mary Eleanor Cutright, 76, of Terre Haute died at 8:35 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. She was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Rosehill, Ill., to Charles Newlin and Velva Lambert Newlin. Her husband, William Howard Cutright, died in 1990. Survivors include two sons, Howard Cutright and his wife Linda, and Neal Cutright; one daughter, Brenda Howard and her husband Tom; two brothers, Ronald Newlin and Maurice Newlin; four sisters, Mildred Sidenbender, Tabitha Silvers, Imogene Huddlestun and Dorothy Wilson; three sisters-in-law, Nina Danforth, Norma Kember and Betty Higgs; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Sandra Cutright; one brother, Glenn Newlin; one sister-in-law, Edna McElravey; and one brother-in-law, Joe Cutright. She was a member of Union Baptist Church in Terre Haute and Plum Grove Church in Illinois. Services are 11 a.m. CST Tuesday in Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup, Ill., with Marvin Oakley officiating. Burial is in Harmony Cemetery in Greenup. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in Barkley Funeral Home. DeBaun Funeral Homes assisted with local arrangements.

Cutright, Robert V
County Name: CumberlandState: Il
Newspaper: Toledo Democrat/Mattoon Star
Obit: R.V. Cutright, Pioneer Settler of Cumberland County. A well known farmer resided in Cumberland County a few miles from Diona,since 1850,died at his homestead,aged 83 years and 14 days.
He was a lifelong democcrat,for twenty odd years coroner of Cumberland county and sonstable of Union Township for several terms.
Surviving him are his widow and the following children: Benton D., Mattoon,Thurman B:Jame J:Margaret Rhodbaugh: Mrs Mary Hosney,Mrs Almira Roberts,all of Cumberland County: Mrs Sciota Moore,Indiana Urcilla henderson,George D. Terre haute:Mrs Martha Newsom,Olney,
Funeral occurred Sunday morning from Hurricane Babtist Church,Rev. Murray Stone officating, followed by intermit in church yard
Date: Sept.20,1900
Submitters Name: Carole Neff Vietti

Darling, Mildred
Mildred Darling, 98, of Greenup, homemaker and former Brown Shoe Company employee, died at 3:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at Cumberland Nursing Center, Greenup. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Barkley Funeral Chapel, Greenup, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Jack Oak Cemetery, rural Greenup.

Davee, Zack
Mr. Zack Davee, an old citizen of Greenup, died at his residence in that city on last Saturday. Mr. Davee had many warm friends in this vicinity.
[Cum. Demo., 3 Oct.. ‘73].

Decker, Charles , 82, of Charleston, died at 1:16 p.m. Monday (Dec. 22, 2003) at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center. The funeral will be 1 p.m. today at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Pastor Don Wells and the Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Burial will be in Jack Oak Cemetery, rural Greenup. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. He was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Charleston, son of John and May Hughes Decker. He married Marian Decker in 1941; she survives.Other survivors include one son, Charles Richard "Rick" Decker of Westfield; five daughters, Judy Tatman of Winchester, Va., Sharon Button of Greenup, Donna Wells of Bernie, Mo., Patty Bushur of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Teri Clark of Charleston; one brother, Kenneth Decker of Charleston; 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. Mr. Decker was a trucker, farmer and later retired from Trailmobile in Charleston.

Decker, Everett, 82, of Greenup, died at 6:10 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 5, 2004) at Birchwood Care Center in Casey. The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Barkley Funeral Chapel, in Greenup. Burial will be in Jack Oak Cemetery in rural Greenup. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. He was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Greenup, son of William and Florence Roberts Decker. He married Maurine Darling in 1940; she died in 1994. Survivors include one son, Carroll Decker of Casey; two daughters, Linda Gardner of Casey and Glenda Sidwell of  Jacksonville; one brother, Gene Decker of Casey; three sisters, Rosebud McElravy of Jewett, Janet Cooper of Casey and Marian Decker of  Charleston; eight grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and one grandchild. Mr. Decker was a farmer. He was a member of the Jack Oak Church of God rural Greenup. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Wing Birchwood Care Center, Casey. 

Dodds, John (1844-1928)John Dodds, prominent and well known farmer living three miles northwest of town died quite suddenly from heart trouble at the family home about 3:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Until the previous evening he had been in his usual health. He attended the township election and voted in Trowbridge on Tuesday then drove to Neoga where he visited Tuesday afternoon. Friday evening while at his barn throwing hay to his horses he was taken ill with a severe pain in his chest. He managed to get to the house where everything possible was done to relieve his suffering and where he passed away just twenty-two hours after he was taken ill.
    The deceased was born in Belmont County, Ohio, near the West Virginia line, November 4, 1844, one of the nine children born to John and Charity Nichols Dodds. With the exception of one half-brother, David Blystone of Longmont, Colorado, Mr. Dodds was the member of that large and industrious pioneer family.
    John Dodds Sr., father of the deceased was an English sailor. He came from England as a young man to America settling first in Ohio and married there. When John Jr. the subject of this sketch was seven years old the family came to Illinois the father purchasing from the government a tract of land in Shelby county three miles northwest of Neoga.
    The place now known as the John Dodds farm is a 160 acre tract of the original Dodds holdings. Some earlier pioneer had built a mill on this land the building being there when Mr. Dodds Sr., acquired the land and he then conducted the mill for several years. The old Dodds home stood near the mill and south of the present residence. John Dodds Jr., the subject of this sketch was married to Miss Harriett Elizabeth Betts on November 16th, 1869. Soon after their marriage they built the home, where Mr. Dodds passed away-the home of his family for over half a century.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dodds were the parents of five children, one son and four daughters. One daughter passed away in infancy. Those left to mourn separation from husband and father are the wife, the son Fred Dodds of Valdosta, Ga., three daughters, Mrs. L.E. Tucker (Flossie) of Champaign, Mrs. Ernest Chamberlin (Anna) of Gays and Miss Belva Dodds at home. There are also twelve living grand-children and seven great-grand-children.
    In Mr. Dodds' boyhood days, the Dodds family was affiliated with the Old Missionary Baptist church but since the building of the Gaskill Chapel in the neighborhood of the Dodds home, the deceased always enjoyed attending services there and thought of it as his church home. He was one of many baptized by Rev. A.L. Plowman following the revival the pastor conducted at Gaskill about thirty eight years ago.
    Mr. Dodds often read his Bible and was a student of the Scriptures. He tried to live by the Golden Rule and endeavored to lead his children in the paths of honesty and uprightness. His genial, kindly presence will be greatly missed in town and country, where his friends included all who knew him. To be a good friend and neighbor was a vital part of his religion and so fittingly may these lines be quoted
(nice poem omitted)
    Funeral Services were held at Gaskill Chapel at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. R.C. Calderwood, pastor of the Neoga Methodist church. Interment was made in Gaskill cemetery. Music was furnished by singers of Gaskill Chapel, Mr. And Mrs. Ralph Carruthers, Mrs. Robert Burrell, and Charles Carruthers with Miss Faith Burrell, accompanist. The pall bearers were members of the family of the deceased: two nephews, Lon Dodds and Harve B. Cross, two grandsons, John Tucker and Paul Dodds, and two grandsons-in-law, F.D. Lowe and Percy Claybaugh. The flowers were in charge of three of the grand daughters of the deceased: Harriett and Annabelle Tucker and Marjorie Chamberlain.
    Attending the services from a distance were: Mr. And Mrs. Fred Dodds and son Paul of Valdosta, Ga.; Mr. And Mrs. L.E. Tucker and children, Lorene, John, Harriet, and Annabelle, of Champaign; B.B. Betts of St. Louis; Lon Dodds of Indianapolis; Mrs. C.L. Miller, Mr. And Mrs. Harve B. Cross of Chicago.
    Family Thanks
We extend our sincere gratitude to our neighbors and friends, for their various ways of expressing their sympathy and kindness in our time of lonliness and sorrow. The Dodds Family.

[Contributed by Darin Clapp]
Dryden, James C.  son of Thomas and Mary Dickson Dryden was born in Bedford County Tennessee, August 4, 1825 and died at his home in Neoga, Ill., April 17, 1919 at the advanced age of 93 years, 8 months and 13 days. The deceased was the eldest, of a family of thirteen children, three only of whom are how living: Joe W. Dryden of near Neoga, Miss Eleanor Dryden of Neoga and Dr. Daniel M. Dryden of Petersburg, Tenn.
October 25, 1848, be was married to Miss Eleanor Bell, who lived but a short time passing away on May 4, 1849. 1853, Mr. Dryden came to Illinois, going to Coles County and while there purchased a farm of 160 acres in Cumberland County six miles east of Neoga. He remained in Illinois only eighteen months, then returned to Tennessee, where he remained for two and one half years. In the year of 1857, he returned to Illinois settling on his farm east of Neoga, where he continued to reside for fifty-five years, moving to Neoga in 1912 until his death.
On April 22, 1860, fifty-nine years ago last Tuesday, he was married to Miss Margaret Kelso of east of Neoga. To them were born five children, four of whom with the wife and mother survive: Thos. D. Dryden of Waller, Texas; Mrs. Earl Young (Lena) of near Neoga., W. Duff Dryden of Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Robert Clark (Eleanor) of Princeton, Ind. One son, Dr. John L. Dryden, died seven years ago in St. Louis where he had practiced medicine for a number or years.
Besides carrying on the business of operating a farm, Mr. Dryden did a great deal of carpenter work and took much pride in this occupation. He built the old Long Point church in the time of the out break of the Civil War also Woods Chapel Church, Maple Grove, Long Point and other school houses east of town and numerous dwellings. Standing in his farm yard, he could look in any direction and see buildings erected by his handiwork.
He was a strong, upright, righteous, Christian character. Uniting with the Presbyterian church in young manhood, he led a steadfast Christian life worthy of emulation and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He bore the frailties and illness incident to old age with great patience and was ready and only waiting the summons to "Come home." He assisted in organizing the Woods Chapel Church many years ago and of late years had been a member of the Presbyterian Church of Neoga. Though he had lived almost a century and the body was frail he was vouchsafed the blessing of alert mental faculties until the last. Just 6 weeks before his death he dictated the history of the Dryden family giving the data back to the sixteenth century.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Saturday morning April 19, at 11:00 o'clock conducted by the pastor- Rev. W. F. Garvin. Music was furnished by a quartette, Mrs. Oscar Blomquist, Mrs. L.. K. Voris, E.R. White, and C.W, Simpson with Mrs. A. F. Wilson, pianist. Interment was made at the Neoga cemetery. Those from a distance in attendance at the service were: W. Duff Dryden, Dallas, Texas; Dr. D. M. Dryden, Petersburg, Tenn.; Wm. Walker, wife and son, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Balch and Henry Allison and daughter all from Lerna. (April 1919 Neoga News, contributed by Robert Young)

Easton, Mary June, 82, of Greenup, died at 3 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 13, 2003) at her residence. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. She was born June 1, 1921, in Casey, a daughter of Oscar and Ruth Kelly Sloan. She married Palmer Easton in 1942; he died in 1998. Survivors include one son, Charles Easton of Normal; one daughter, Cheryl Venatta of Toledo; one brother, Robert Sloan of Greenwood, Ind.;  three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mrs. Easton was a homemaker.

Easton, William Taylor
William Taylor, son of George "Wash" and Margaret (LaRue) Easton, was born in Cumberland County, Illinois, July 25, 1849, and departed this life from his home near Roslyn, Illinois, March 19, 1926, being at the time of his death 76 years 7 months and 24 days old. Mr. Easton was married November 15, 1874 to Susan Etta Estes.

    This union was blessed with seven children, one of which, Harry Everett, was deceased April 25, 1915. Mrs. Easton, companion and mother, passed away 2 years ago, May 30, 1924. There remain to mourn the loss of the subject of this sketch 6 children; Wm. O. Easton, Frances U. Easton, George L. Easton, Logan R. Easton and Albert M. Easton and Mrs. Mary R. Gentry of Neoga, Illinois. Thirty-one grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, on brother, Henry T. Easton of Roslyn Illinois and many other Relatives and friends survive.
    Uncle Bill, as he was affectionately known, was a loving father and a good neighbor and was loved and esteemed by all who knew him. All of the life of Mr. Easton was devoted to farming and he will be greatly missed in the neighborhood where he had resided for so long. Funeral services were held at the residence, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm, being conducted by Rev. R. S. Shaw. Interment was in the Berry cemetery. [Submitted by Mary (Easton) Watson]

Eggers, Elijah
Died on Wednesday morning, March 12th, 1873, at about ten c clock, Mr. Elijah EGGERS. Although Mr. EGGERS has not been a citizen of our town but a short time, he had by his industrious habits and accommodating disposition, made many friends. The old gentleman was aware of his approaching death and on Wednesday, called his family around his bed side and bid them all an affectionate adieu. His remains were buried on Thursday in the city cemetery.
[Cumberland Democrat, Maj. Point, Fri., 14 March 1873].

Eggers, Elijah  died on Wednesday, March 12, 1873, at about ten o'clock, Mr. Elijah Eggers. Although Mr. Eggers has not been a citizen of our town but a short time, he had by his industrious habits and accommodating disposition, made many friends. The old gentleman was aware of his approaching death and on Wednesday, called his family around his bed side and bid them all an affectionate adieu. His remains were buried on Thursday in the city cemetery.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday March 14, 1873)
(Family members think that there is a typing error somewhere as his headstone says 1874 but the article was transcribed and filmed at the Mormon Church FHL Film number 1440441 Cumberland County Illinois Record Collection, so the possibility is there that the date is an error in transcribing )

Elliott, Josiah , one of Toledo's best know and best loved citizens, died in Toledo, Illinois, September 15th, 1920. His death will shed a pall of gloom over his wide circle of acquaintances who feel sincere regret at the passing of one of our best citizens.
Mr. Elliott was born March 4, 1841 family of thirteen children, only one of whom is now living, Lewis Elliott of near Toledo. He came to Cumberland County in his youth and settled southwest of Toledo, being practically as pioneer citizen. While building a home in the new country, he was by his sterling worth and honesty, building a place in the hearts of every one who knew him.
When armed, organized devilish treason was riddling Old Glory with bullets and threatening the overthrow of our Government, Uncle Joe Elliott heard his country's call, and put his life at its service, August 18, 1862, and served until July 29, 1865, in Company D, 97th Illinois Infantry. At the capture of Fort Blakely, Ala., he was severely wounded. His loyalty and devotion to country made him a peaceable, law abiding citizen, and lent to him the dignity and grace of a devoted friend, faithful husband, Loving father and generous, obliging neighbor. He was a charter member of Hall Wilson Post G.A.R., No. 442, Dept. of Illinois.
Uncle Joe was three times married; First, to Francis Matkins, April 6, 1867, who died April 6, 1887. To this union were born five sons, Frank, William, Thomas, Newton (deceased), and George; and three daughters, Mrs. Alpha Wollen, Mrs. Clara Keller and Emma (deceased). Second, to Laura Sparks, October 12, 1889, who died March 6, 1891. To this union was born one son, Vifquin. He also leaves three step children----Charles Sparks of St. Louis; Edna, and G.J. Morris of Roseburg, Oregon.
Aside from the above survivors, twenty-one grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren survive. The only surviving brother of the deceased is Lewis Elliott who resides near Toledo, Illinois.
Deep sympathy is manifest to the surviving and immediate relatives of the deceased, by all who knew him. He was for many years and honored member of the Masonic fraternity and, at the time of death, a member of the Toledo lodge, who had charge of the funeral rites.
Services were held at the home on Friday afternoon at one o'clock conducted by Rev. J.L. Ryan of Greenup. Interment in Elliott cemetery, southwest of Toledo.
The following relatives from a distance attended the funeral: James Matkins, Tony and Luda Evans and daughter Aline, all of Mason Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keller and family, Josie Percival and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Gillogly of Villa Grove, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Carnes of Indianapolis, Ind.; Otis Shook of Terre Haute, Ind.; Mrs. George Matkins of Marshall, Ill.; Mrs. John Von Almen of Olney, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. Cam Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. John Elliott and two daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Elliott all of Montrose, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. John Elliott and baby of Camargo, Ill.; and Mrs. O.E. Letherland of St. Louis.
Submitted by Kate Keller Bourland

Feltner, John
John Feltner died October 5th, 1873 at the age of 73 years. He lived in what is now Cumberland County for about forty years.
[Cumberland Democrat, 24 Oct. 18731.

Ferris, Alberta age 83, of Charleston, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2002, at Prairieview Care Center.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, with Rev. Scott Sims officiating.  Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Alberta Ferris was born May 24, 1918, near Kansas, Illinois, a daughter of James and Fern Axton Pforr.  She married Fred Ferris April 28, 1944 at Charleston; he preceded her in death February 22, 1976.  she is survived by one son, Darrell Ferris and his wife Carolyn of Greenup, one brother, Raymond Pforr and his wife Liz of Mattoon, a sister, Mary Lou Shaffer and husband frank of Casey.  She also leaves her grandchildren; Glenn and James Ferris, Shannon and Brion Storm, Melissa and Jay Maxey all of Greenup; and great grandchildren, Dara, Garrett, and Cassie Storm, Jaylynn and Macey Maxey and Dakota Ferris all of Greenup as well as several nieces and nephews.  His parents, one daughter, Louise Lewis; three brothers and two sisters preceded in death.  Mrs. Ferris was baptized a Christian in 1970.  she was a retired employee of the Brown Shoe Company in Charleston.  Memorials may be made to Prairieview Care Center.
Submitted by Donna Rhoads (

Ferris, Fred B., 66, of 30 W. Locust Street died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday at Charleston Community Memorial Hospital.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.  Mr. Ferris was born July 14, 1909 in Cumberland County, the son of Leonard and Alma Odle Ferris.  He was married to Alberta Pforr, who survives.  Also surviving are one son, Darrel, of Greenup; two brothers, Howard and Bob, both of Charleston; and two sisters, Mrs. John [Edith] Catron, Charleston and Mrs. Olive Stewart, Neoga, and three grandchildren.  Mr. Ferris was a member of the East Harrison Street Church of God.  He was retired from the Brown Shoe Factory, where he had worked for 23 years.  Interment is in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston
From an unknown paper dated Feb. 23, 1976
Submitted by Donna Rhoads (

Finney, Robert  was born in Clark County, Illinois, on February 15, 1888.  Was married to Audrey Sartor, of Hazel Dell, Ill on Oct 29, 1910.  To this union were born two sons, both preceding the father in the eternal sleep.  He enlisted in the U. S. army on June 13,1918.  After a brief training at Kansas City, he was sent to Baltimore, Md., to continue his training.  He was not well when he embarked upon the transportation ship.  Death came on Oct. 4, 1918, on board the U.S.S. Leviathan at sea, while attached to Co. D, 302 nd Water Tank Train, U.S.A. aged 30 years, 7 month and 19 days.

 In life “Bob” was a kind husband, son and brother.  In death he is remembered as a man of truth and valor.

 He leaves to mourn, his wife, Mrs. Audrey Finney; mother, Mrs. Alice Finney; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Mills and Mrs. Edna Weaver; six brothers, Vess, William, Bert, Harley, Guy and Oral.  The father, Benj. Finney, died May 8, 1910.  Many other relatives and friends remain to mourn his departure and to cherish a fond memory of the man that did all that he could for home and country.

Contributed by Sharon Barhydt (

Finney, Mrs. Robert


First is an article about his death with no title:


Mrs. Robert Finney received word of her husband’s death, while he was crossing the water for France.  The body reached home last Sunday and the funeral was held at her father’s residence Monday at two o’clock.  Rev. A. J. McCash preached the funeral assisted by Rev. Kruzon.  His body was laid to rest in Hazel Dell cemetery, with military honors.  He leaves a loving wife to mourn her loss.  She has the sympathy of the entire community in her sad bereavement.  Robert was a member of the young men’s Friendly Bible class, in the Sunday school where he will be greatly missed by his friends.


Second article:



Mrs. Audrey Finney,
Hazel Dell, Illinois,

Dear Mrs. Finney:-Before we reach our port I want to write a few lines expressing my deepest sympathy to you in the death of Robt. Finney, one of the men under my command.


The news of his death was a great shock to me.  He had complained of feeling ill shortly after leaving port, but had kept up with the activities of the other men on board, and it was not until the day before his death that he showed any cause for alarm.  He was then taken immediately to the ship’s hospital, where in spite of every effort-I know-by the army and naval medical officers, pneumonia gained the upper hand, resulting so unfortunately and sadly.


I have had command of this company only a short time-not quite a month-but I had come to know your husband well, for he was on of those always willing to take on additional work if it was to benefit the other men in the company.  Among other things his volunteering for cooking duty at a time when we were short handed in our kitchen pleased me immensely.  The men, too, who were in the company with him, invariably spoke most highly of him, and his loss has made itself strongly felt among them.


This I know is but scant consolation to you, whose is the great loss, but I do want you to know that his personality had made strong friends for him among his company, and that he was respected by his officers.  His body, I am told by the ship’s authorities will be returned to the states, and I presume to you.  The few personal effects that he had with him-for most of our things were sent home before embarking-will in time is forwarded to you.  But whether they can be sent direct or must go through the Adjutant General of the Army, Washington, D.C., I cannot yet learn.  A list of these, however, I am enclosing.  He carried, I know, insurance of $10,000 which will be paid you in monthly installments by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance, Washington, D. C.


In closing, I wish once again to express deeply and sincerely the sympathy of myself and the men for you in your loss, and yet with that is the realization that he gave his life for his country-the noblest death of all.


With respect and sympathy, I am,

Robt. A. Gibney, Capt, M. T. C.

       Co.D, 302 Water Tank Train

Flood, Harold L.
Harold L. Flood, 85, of rural Toledo died at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, at Casey Health Care Center, Casey.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Greenup, with the Rev. Chris Brey officiating. Burial will be in Toledo Cemetery with full military rites by Cumberland County Veterans. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup, with an 8 p.m. wake service. Memorials may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church or Casey Health Care Center, both of Casey.

Floyd, Irene, 83, of Casey died at 7:52 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2005, in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.  She had worked in the Greenup Shoe Factory, at McQuay-Norris for 15 years, and she also worked as a domestic and babysitter. She was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Greenup to Oris Thomas Grissom and Zetta Mae Tipsword Grissom. Her husband, Russell Floyd, whom she married in St. Charles, Mo., preceded her in death June 12, 1990. Survivors include five sons, David Floyd and his wife Irene of Casey, Russell Floyd of Lerna, John Floyd of Casey, Kenneth Floyd and his wife Dana of Stockton, Calif., and Mike Floyd and his wife Debbie of Terre Haute, Ind.; two daughters, Carolyn Boyd and her husband Bill of Channahon, and Joan Connelly and her husband Charles of Peoria, Ariz; two brothers, Elwood Grissom and his wife Evelyn of Greenup, and Fred Grissom and his wife Phyllis of Mattoon; three sisters, Beulah Vaughn of Charleston, Mary McDade and her husband Walter of Toledo, and Jenny Lee Terrell and her husband Neal of Harvey, La.; 31 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Billy Boyd; one great-granddaughter, Samantha Floyd; and two brothers, Carl Grissom and Don Ingram.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church Ladies Aide and taught Sunday school in the church for two years.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in Markwell & Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Burial is in Casey-Cumberland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brian Boyd, Brad Boyd, Scott Floyd, David Floyd and Doug Connelly. Visitation is 1 p.m. to services Tuesday in the funeral home.

Fogleman, Rufus - Rufus Fogleman Dies at Home of a Niece.....aged 62 years last July 2, died at the home of a niece, Mrs. Flo Craig, south of the Lincoln Log Cabin park at 8:15 o'clock this (Saturday) morning. The body was removed to the Harper Swickard funeral home to be prepared for the funeral services. The funeral will be held at the Farmington Church at 11 o'clock Monday morning. The burial will be in Janesville Cemetery. Mr. Fogleman, who had never married leaves a half brother Ed Jenkins of Charleston and 3 half sisters, Mrs. Bertha Moore of Charleston, Mrs. Ida Bennett of Humboldt + Mrs. Darla Justice of Bushton. He was well known in Cumberland county where he resided all his life. Charleston Daily Courier September 2,1944
Fogleman Funeral Was Held Monday:
The funeral rites for Rufus Fogleman, age 68 years, who died Saturday morning at the home of his niece, Mrs. Floyd Craig and Mr. Craig, a mile south of Farmington, were held at the Farmington Methodist Church at 11
o'clock Monday afternoon. The Reverend Albert Smith presided. Mr. + Mrs. Sam Harper sang, "We are Going Down The Valley", Will the Circle Be Unbroken?", and The Eastern Gate". Mrs. John W. Swickard was the accompanist. The flower girls were: Mrs. Maxine Whitacre, Mrs. Vivian Shommer, Mrs. Frances Furguson, Miss Lucille Craig and Miss Hallie Moore. The casket bearers were J. H. Dallas, Frank Price, Wm. Thomas, Jack Phipps, John Mc Cormick, Claude White. The burial followed in the Janesville Cemetery with Harper-Swickard Funeral Directors in charge. The Charleston Courier Tuesday September 5, 1944

FORCUM, Mrs J.E. - Mrs. J. E. Forcum passed away Sunday evening Sept. 20 [1931] at 7:40 o'clock with an attack of acute indigestion and heart trouble which she had been ailing with for a long time. She was ill only a very short time. Mrs. Forcum had reached the age of 89 years, 11 months and three days.
Mrs. Forcum was born near Gosport, Ind., October 17, 1841 the daughter of Philander and Eliza Steele her parents came to Illinois when she was twelve years of age and settled on a farm near the West Union school house where she grew up and was married to J. E. Forcum on August 11, 1864 a short time after he came home from the army and has lived near and in Neoga until she passed away she leaves to mourn her death four children, Mrs. Emma Trainor, Mrs. Bertha Atkinson, A. P. Forcum, W. H. Forcum, twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. Knight, pastor of the Neoga Methodist church. The singers were Mrs. Geo. P. Dougherty and Mrs. Jesse Templeton. Interment was made in Neoga cemetery.
Among those attending the services from out of the city were A.P. Forcum of Miami Beach, Fla. W. H. Forcum, Fancher, Ill., J. E. Atkinson and wife, Danville, O. H. Atkinson and daughter of Waterloo, Iowa; Arthur Wright and wife and Theodore Fishback and wife, all of Paris; Wm. Nichols and family of Trilla; Nathan Nichols and wife and daughter of Matttoon; Mrs. John Ward and Newton Ward of near Toledo; Mr. and Mrs. Wess Funk of Effingham; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gillins and mother Mrs. Laura Gillins of Villa Grove; Mrs. Jake Galligher and daughter and David Welch of Villa Grove. The Neoga News, Thursday Oct. 1, 1931

We sincerely wish to thank each and every one who assisted us in the illness and death of our dear mother.
The Children: Emma Trainor, Bertha Atkinson, A. P. Forcum, W. H. Forcum
[Contributed by Karen Steele]

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