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ADAMS, CORA LUCILLIE
Cora Lucille Adams, 79, a former Benton resident, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 7, 1999, in the Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, with the Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. There will be no visitation. Those attending the service on Wednesday are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Adams was born on May 17, 1920, in benton, the daughter of Marshall and Winnie (Gargus) Rice. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of West City. She is survived by two sons, Ray Adams and wife Pam of Herrin, Roy Adams and wife Gretchen of Cambria; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Dallape and husband Frank of Benton. She was preceded in death by her parents, by one brother, Earl Rice and by one sister, May Blair.


ADAMS, RONALD A.
Formerly Of Benton
Ronald A. ADAMS, 72, of Bethalto, died at 10:17 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2008, at his residence. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, in the First Baptist Church in Wood River, with the Rev. Joel LOHR officiating. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Marks Mortuary, 633 E. Lorena Ave., Wood River, Il 62095 is handling the arrangements. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Wood River or BJC Hospice, and will be accepted at the funeral home.He was born Oct. 14, 1935, in Benton, the son of Arthur and Gladys (SUMMERS)ADAMS. He married Rosalie REED on May 19, 1959, in Christopher, and she survives. Mr. ADAMS was an inspector with the Shell Oil Company in Roxana for 34 years. He was a member of Wood River Masonic Lodge 1062, a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. Mr. ADAMS was an avid golfer and runner, and completed two marathons. Survivors include two daughters, Diana and husband, Robert ROGERS of Peoria, and Debby and husband, Dan RELLING of Bridgeton, Mo; a son, Gary and wife, J.R. LINN of Bethalto; a grandchild, Melissa and husband, Jason CATLIN; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Liza CATLIN; a sister, Doris BENIGNUS of Benton; and a brother, Dale (Lois) ADAMS of Benton. Mr. ADAMS was preceded in death by his parents. [Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Tues 3 June 2008 issue RONALD A. ADAMS]



ADKINS, MARY ELLEN RENTFRO
Mrs. Mary Ellen RENTFRO ADKINS, 74, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maude BROYLES in DuQuoin, Illinois. She was born 25 December 1869. She is sv/b the following children in addition to the one listed: Eva VANZANDT and Barney RENTFRO of Mulkeytown, Paul RENTFRO of Zeigler, A.E. RENTFRO of Seattle Washington, and Mrs. Asalee OFFUTT of Fresno, California. She will also be missed by her brother, Frank LEFFLER of Mulkeytown, and sister, Mrs. Laura CARPENTER of Logan, Illinois, 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. [per Obits & Tidbits 1943-1946 (PULLIAM) pg 36, 13 May 1944 issue]


AKIN, ALBERT WILLIAM

Albert William Akin was born Oct. 9th, 1884, in Franklin county. In the year of 1909, June 6th, he was united in marriage to Louise Smith. To this union six children were born, four dying in infancy. The living are Mrs. Dorothy Obryant of Burbank, Calif., Mrs. W.L. Smith of Urbana, Ill., and five grandchildren. He was converted at the age of 18 and lived a Christian to the end. He was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and two daughters and several relatives and friends. Your heart was the truest in all the wide world Your love the best to recall For no one on earth could take your place You are still the dearest of all



AKIN, CLIFFORD L.
Benton Clifford L. Akin, 63, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 6, 2004. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Glad Tidings Church, 515 W. 8th St. in West Frankfort with Sister Ruth Hayes and Brother Mark Goines officiating. Family and friends may call to the church after 1 p.m. Monday. Burial will be at the Brady Cemetery in Akin. Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Clifford was born May 23, 1940, in Benton, the son of the Rev. Raymond R. and Ida M. Akin. He married Sharon K. (Hosick) Akin on April 10, 1967, in Lincoln, Illinois. He leaves behind his wife, Sharon Akin; two sons, the Rev. Patrick Akin, West Frankfort, and Roger Akin and wife Marcella Akin of Benton; two daughters, Loretta Andrews of West Frankfort and Kimberly Akin of Kentucky; six grandchildren, Brooke Andrews, Lacey Akin, David Andrews, Ryan Akin, Makayla Andrews and Cassandra Akin; four brothers and one sister, the Rev. James and Rosalie Akin of Benton, Chris and Shirley Akin of Streator, Betty Hammond of Benton, Leroy and Vickie Akin of Benton, and Gary and Barbara Akin of Benton. Mr. Akin also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. His parents, the Rev. Raymond R. and Ida M. Akin of Benton, preceded Mr. Akin in death. One brother William E. Akin also preceded him in death, as did two mieces, Sheila K. Hammond of Benton and Christina K. Akin of Streator.


AKIN, MARY CATHERINE & WEBB Jr., HEBER YOUNG COUPLE FOUND DEAD IN CABIN SATURDAY
Funerals Yesterday for Heber Webb, Jr. and Mary Catherine Akin
Funeral services for Pvt. Heber R. Webb, Jr., 18, of 317 S. 9th street, and Miss Mary Catherine Akin, 20, of Akin, Ill., whose tragic deaths occurred Saturday, were held New Year's Day. The Reverends Cyrus Maulding and Noah Douthit conducted the funeral of Private Webb in Myers Chapel at 1 p.m. yesterday and burial took place in Old Shiloh cemetery. Private Webb was born May 26, 1926, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Heber R. and Minnie (Fancher) Webb, natives of Jefferson county. A field artilleryman, Private Webb was at home on furlough from Camp Roberts, Calif. He was buried with military honors, tendered by soldiers of Camp Mt. Vernon. Last rites for Miss Akin were held at Knob Prairie church near Akin, where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Akin reside. Miss Akin was formerly employed as a waitress in Mt. Vernon. At an inquest conducted by Coroner Ben Roeder Saturday night a verdict was returned that death was due to causes unknown to the jury. The young couple was found dead in a cabin at Modern Court, five miles north of Mt. Vernon Saturday at 11 a.m. by Kenneth Crain, who told the jury that they were in a closed room in which a gas grate was burning high. He said that the heat was suffocating and that there was no ventilation in the small room. In a statement to the coroner, made after the jury had already rendered its verdict, Dr. C.J. Poole, who was called by Mr. Crain, said there was no evidence about the cabin as to the cause of death and it is my judgment that both had taken poison." He reported that from all appearances they had been dead several hours.



ALLEN, OLEY BENTON
Oley ALLEN, 92 of Rural Benton died Wednesday Nov 12, 2003 at CrossRoads Hospital in Mt Vernon. Arrangements pending at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton. [Southern Illinoian]


ALEXANDER, GERTRUDE JANE
MRS. GERTRUDE L. ALEXANDER DIES; RITES ON MONDAY
Mrs. Gertrude J. Alexander, wife of L(oren) O(scar) Alexander, Mt. Vernon township supervisor, died at 2:15 p.m yesterday at Good Samariton Hospital. Mrs. Alexander, who had been in ill health for some time, resised (sic) at 1013 south Seventh street. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Chapel, with Edwin V. Hayden, pastor of the Central Church of Christ, officiating. The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call at any time after 11 a.m. Sunday. Mrs. Alexander was born in Franklin county, Ill., the daughter of Millard and Sarah (Barnfield) Mansell. She was married to L.O. Alexander, who survives. Mrs. Alexander was a member of Old Ten Mile Baptist church in Hamilton county. She had been a member of the Royal Neighbors for 35 years and served as District Deputy for the past 17 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Hutson of Mt. Vernon; one son, Gaylord Alexander of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Mrs. Lewis Robertson and Mrs. Joe Strong of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Allie Hamilton of Alton, Ill., three brothers, Charles Mansell of Oran, Mo., O.L. Mansell of Temple City, Calif., and W.S. Mansell of Moline, Ill.; and one grandson. One daughter, Leah, preceded her in death.


ALLEN, CALVIN
Eld. Calvin Allen One of the Greatest Preachers of Southern Ill. Passes Away Calvin Allen was born April 16, 1835 in Franklin county, Illinois, and on March 20, 1906 ___ at the age of 70 years, 11 months and five days he passed to his reward. On May 20, 1853, he was married to Margaret Sarilda Scrivner, and to this union were born eleven children, seven of whom, together with the mother, sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild are left to mourn his loss. He was converted in his seventeenth year at the Sugar Creek Camp Baptist church in Jefferson county under the preaching of Elds. S M Webb and Joshua Brooks, immediately after, he was baptized into the fellowship of said church by Eld. S M Webb. On the eleventh of January 1863 in Long Prairie church he was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry. The ordination counsel was made up of Elds. E W Overstreet, Wm Palmer, and John Linwell. Thus for over forty years has this man traveled throughout Illinois preaching with great power, the glad tidings of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. During the time he served two terms in the State Legislature where he did not forget that he was an ambassador of the King of Kings. He was a natural born orator and nearly the whole of southern Illinois has felt the power of his preaching. Thirty churches have come under his pastoral care and among the number are some of the leading churches of Southern Illinois. They are as follows: Little Prairie, Long Prairie, Mt Vernon, Alto Pass, Salem, Middle Creek, Blooming Grove, Ten Mile, Spring Garden, Whittingtons , Prairie,, Eldorado, Raleigh, Creal Springs, Belle Rive, Ewing, Liberty, Grove, Sugar Camp, Walpole, Grove, and Los Animas. (Paper torn) …….short time before he passed ….he said he had kept no record of his work, but that he….baptized over 1500 people. ….a great man in Israel has…. The funeral services were held ….Baptist church at Ewing,……In accordance with…. expressed wish of Eld. Allen….he passed away, Rev. W Throgmorton, pastor of the ……..Baptist church, was pres…… and preached the funeral……. Using the text II Timothy….Others taking part in the ….. were Elds. Edmonds of……..do (Eldorado ), Marion Teague of Du…… (DuQuoin), Jos E Sharp, T J Tennyson, (several other names that are illegible) All spoke …..est praise of him who had ……ssed to his reward. After …..vices were ended the ……were laid to rest in the …… cemetery there to await ……..rics of the resurrection. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader


ALLEN, ROBERT FRANKLIN
Fallbrook, California -- Robert Franklin Allen, former Sesser resident, died at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999 in the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, Sesser, with the Rev. Woody Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Horse Prairie Cemetery, Sesser. There will be no visitation. Mr. Allen was born in Chicago Heights, the son of Charles Hobart Allen and Erma Atchison Lewis. Survivors include one sister, Shirley Armenisa and husband Sam of Kankakee; two brothers, Kirby Allen and wife Carol of Chicago Heights, Carrell Lee Allen and wife Mary of Woodland Hills, Calif.; several nieces and nephews. A construction worker, he was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War, and was of the Protestant faith. He was a member of the Sesser VFW and American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.


ALLAIS, ARTHUR
ARTHUR ALLAIS DIES AT 71 Arthur ALLAIS, 71, 610 S. Church St., Christopher, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the Jane Lamb Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. ALLAIS had been staying with their son, Erie, in Clinton. Mr. ALLAIS was born Feb. 9, 1888, in Brazil, Ind.. His parents were Victor and Louisa ALLAIS. He had been a Christopher resident 50 years. Mr. ALLAIS was a nephew of Gus URBAIN, who sank and developed the East Mine in Urbain. The property was later acquired by the Old Ben Mining Co. and became Old Ben 12. Mr. ALLAIS, a retired miner, was active in the Republican party serving as a committeeman for many years. He belonged to the United Mine Workers of America, the Masonic Lodge, and the Christopher First Christian Church. He served on the Christopher City Council from 1953 to 1957. Mr. ALLAIS leaves his wife, the former Helen HELLER; son Erle of Clinton Iowa; brother Victor of Mulkeytown and sister Mrs. Eva PIKE of Christopher and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gilbert Funeral Home, where friends may call. The Rev. W. D. BERRY, First Baptist Church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery Benton. Masonic rites will be administered at 7:30 p. m. today at the funeral home. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois, Tuesday, February 2, 1960, page 12


ALLOIS, JENNIE
Jennie Allois, 86, of Benton, died at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 11, 1999 at the Community Hospital of Ottawa. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Donald Lenzini officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery. Friends may call after 12:30 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday, to the church. Mrs. Allois was born in Herrin on Sept. 18, 1912, to Joe and Catherine (Nigra) Appino. She was married to Aldo Allois on July 27, 1933. He died on Dec. 18, 1973. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton. Survivors include one daughter, Jo Knudson and husband Don of Marseilles; two grandsons, Dr. Gregory Knudson and wife Michelle of Dublin, Oh., Dr. Gary Knudson and wife Kendra of Waterloo, Iowa; five great-grandchildren. Her parents, husband and two brothers, Bart and Pete Appino preceded her in death. For those who wish Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund or to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the church. The Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.


ALSBURY, ALMA
West Frankfort Alma ALSBURY, 76, of 610 W. Oak St., West Frankfort, was dead on arrival at 2:30 a.m. today at the Union Hospital in West Frankfort. She was born Aug. 18, 1898, in West Frankfort to Ken and Ida GUNTER DARNELL. Her husband, Harl, preceded her in death, May 18, 1969. Mrs. ALSBURY is survived by two sons, Kenneth of West Frankfort and William of Mitchell; two brothers, Paul and Marion, both of West Frankfort; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. The Rev. Max SAMPLES will officiate. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Monday, Sep 16, 1974


ALSBURY, HARLEY E

West Frankfort HARLEY E. ALSBURY, WEST FRANKFORT, DIES Harley Elmer ALSBURY, 81, of 610 W. Oak St., West Frankfort, died Sunday at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Granite City. He was born in Illinois, March 1, 1888, the son of James and Sarah Jane SMITH ALSBURY. He was married to the former Alma DARNELL in Benton in 1911. He was a retired miner and last worked at Waltonville. He is survived by his wife, Alma, of West Frankfort; sons, Kenneth and William, both of Madison; sisters, Mrs. Nell TINDALL of Royalton, Mrs. Kate JONES and Mrs. Ann CALDWELL, both of Christopher, and Mrs. Emmy WEBB of Mulkeytown; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Funeral Home, West Frankfort, with the Rev. Max SAMPLES officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery, West Frankfort. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Monday, May 19, 1969


ANDERSON, JESSIE
Benton Jessie ANDERSON, 87, of 1104 S. Commercial St., Benton, died at 1 p.m. Sunday in Franklin Hospital, Benton, after a short illness. Mrs. ANDERSON was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge, Benton. She had been a resident of Franklin County since she came to this country from Scotland in 1911. She was born Oct. 28, 1885, in Scotland, the daughter of James Linsey and Robina BOYD MCPHAIL. She is survived by two daughters, Robina STONE of Utah and Jane RICHARDSON of Benton; two sons, Walter of Benton and James of Carmi; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Caroline TEACE of Scotland, and Elizabeth TAYLOR of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter ANDERSON. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Pulson Funeral Home, Benton. The Rev. Jesse DUNN will officiate. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Monday,Jan 15, 1973


ANDERSON, JEWELL M.
Lexington, Kentucky Jewell M. Anderson, 50, died at her home in Lexington, on Friday, June 18, 1999. Services will be held Tuesday, June 22, at 11 a.m. in the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, Sesser, with the Revs. Tommy Howard and John Welsh officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 21, at the funeral home. Mrs. Anderson was born on Oct. 25, 1948, in Martin, Ky. the daughter of Estill Martin and Avean M. Green. She was married to Fred Anderson who survives. She was employed by Hills Department Store in Lexington. In addition to her husband, Fred, she is survived by her mother, Avean M. Green of Sesser; three brothers, Estill Martin Jr. of LaGrane, Ind., Tom Martin of Ocean Springs, Miss., Don Martin of Scheller; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.



ANDERSON, WALTER BENTON
WALTER ANDERSON DIES IN BENTON
Walter ANDERSON Sr., 81, a retired coal miner, died at 1:10 p.m. Friday in his home at 1104 S. Commercial St., Benton, after a lingering illness. Mr. ANDERSON was born in Scotland and came to the United States in 1912. He was a son of Thomas and Jenet WRIGHT ANDERSON. He was married to Jessie MCPHAIL. He last worked at Orient No.1 coal mine. He was a member of the United Mine Workers, Masonic Lodge of Benton, past high priest of the Royal Arch, and past worthy patron of the Eastern Star. He worked in a mine rescue station for 15 years during which time he instructed high school classes in first aid. Mr. ANDERSON leaves his wife; children, Mrs. Frank STONE of Colorado, Mrs. Jenet RICHARDSON of Benton, Walter ANDERSON Jr., of Wisconsin and James ANDERSON of Carmi; brother, Thomas of Nevada; sisters, Mrs. Sarah GEDDIS and Mrs. Mary CASWELL, both of Florida, and Mrs. Elizabeth SMITH of Nevada; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p. m. today in the Poulson - Freeman Funeral Home of Benton. The Rev. Daniel ABNER will officiate. Burial will be in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call at the funeral home The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Sunday, April 3, 1966


ARMSTRONG, LELA
LELA ARMSTRONG RITES MONDAY
Mrs. Lela ARMSTRONG, 62, of Hurst, formerly of West Frankfort, died at 2 a.m. Saturday in Herrin Hospital. She had been ill for some time. She was born May 8, 1908,in Franklin County, the daughter of James and Martha HARDCASTLE ODLE. She is survived by her husband William P.; a daughter, Mrs. Deloris MENESE of Marion; brothers, Arlie and Eddie ODLE, both of West Frankfort; and sisters, Mrs. William WILLHITE of Johnston City and Allie ODLE of Creal Springs. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Union Funeral Home, West Frankfort, with the Rev. Herbert RIDLEN officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Sun, July 26, 1970


ATCHISON, LLOYD J.
Christopher Lloyd J. Atchison, 89, died at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, 1999, in the Skilled Care Unit of Franklin Hospital. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 6, in the Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, with the Rev. Gary Farthing officiating. Burial will be in the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Sunday until time of service. Mr. Atchison was born on Nov. 10, 1909, in Plain View, Ark., the son of Andrew J. and Allie (Williams) Atchison. He was first married to Norma (Steckenrider) Atchison who preceded him in death. He later married Beatrice J. (Corn) Atchison. She survives. He was a retired coal miner from Freeman #3 and a member of U.M.W.A. In addition to his wife, Beatrice, he is survived by four children, Betty Rowland of Christopher, Donald Atchison of Sesser, Jack Atchison, Diane Sthal of Mulkeytown; stepchildren Dean Smith of West Frankfort, Ray Smith of Kentucky, Donna Craig of Lake-In-The-Hills, Jerry Smith of Abingdon; fourteen grandchildren; one sister, Essie Hayes of Mt. Vernon.


ATCHISON, WILMA
Marion Wilma Atchison, 83, formerly of Whittington, died at 5:50 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, in St. Mary's Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Whittington, with the Rev. Bob Ward officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday to the funeral home. Mrs. Atchison was born on June 11, 1916, in Franklin County, the daughter of Fred and Ada (Shockley) Duff. She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Christopher. Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Shumate of Atlanta, Ga., Sharon Atchison of Fort Worth, Texas, Sheila Brown and husband Norman, Marion; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Paul Atchison, one grandson, two brothers and one sister.


AUSTIN, MARY
Mary Austin, Dies Rites for Desoto Woman are Tuesday Mrs. Mary Ellen Austin, 75, of Desoto, died at 8:45 am Sunday at Holden Hospital, Carbondale. She was born in Jackson County Dec 21, 1882, and was a member of the First Methodist Church of Desoto. She leaves sons, Robert of Dupo, Wilbur of Desoto, Harold of Chicago; daughters, Mrs. James C. Gillooly of Mounds, and Mrs. Jack Clark of Murphysboro; sister, Mrs. Clestia Kimzie of Galesburg; brother S.L. Porter of Sand Ridge, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 pm Tuesday at the Van Natta Funeral home in Carbondale. The Rev. O.H. Swackard will officiate. Burial will be in Worthen Cemetery, south-west of Murphysboro. Friends may call after 2 pm today at the funeral home. [May 18, 1958. Daily America, West Frankfort ILL]


AUSTIN, MARY LOIS

Mary Lois Austin, 51, Died Today at Home of Brother Miss Mary Lois Austin, 51, died at 3 o'clock this morning at the home of her brother, Lyman Austin, 301 North Benton road. Miss Austin had been in failing health since last April and ill at the home of her brother since last June. Before she was stricken ill, Miss Austin had been employed as a nurse in St. Louis since 1927. Besides her brother she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Soloman Austin of this city; four nieces, Mrs. Lester Jones, Miami, Fla.; Mrs. Adrian Bennett, Misses Mary Evelyn and Bettye June Austin of this city. Miss Austin was a member of the Union Avenue Christian Church in St. Louis. The body is lying in state at the Lyman Austin home. Funeral rites will be observed at 1 pm Wednesday from Trinity Methodist church with Rev. Thomas E. Harper and Rev. Ross Smith officiating. Interment will be in Big Prairie cemetery near Carmi. The casket will not be opened at the church. [Nov 25, 1946. Daily American of West Frankfort ILL]


AUSTIN, SOLOMAN

Soloman Austin, 85, Dies Today At Home Here Soloman Austin, 85, died at his home at 303 North Benton Road, at 4 am today. He had been in failing health for the past three months. A pioneer resident of White County, Austin came to West Frankfort two years ago to be near his son, Lymon Austin of this city, who survives. The aged man was a retired farmer. In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife Louise, and four grandchildren. He was a member of the Baptist church of Ewing and held a membership in the Modern Woodmen of America lodge. The body is lying in state at the family home, from where services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Rev. C.W. Maulding of Mt. Vernon will officiate. Burial will be in the Big Prairie cemetery near Carmi. [June 18, 1947 Benton newspaper]


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