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George Fairchild
Ex-Waltonville Mayor, Is Dead
George Fairchild, 73, former mayor of Waltonville, died at 2:00 a.m. today following an apparent heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville. The Rev. Floyd Hartley will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery at Sesser. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Fairchild was born at Waltonville on Nov. 6, 1892, the son of Daniel Stephen and Lucy Ermina (Newell) Fairchild. On Nov. 10, 1920, in this city, he was married to Rosa Davis, who survives. He is also survived by two brothers, Joe Fairchild of Indio, Calif., and Oran Fairchild of RFD 3, Mt. Vernon. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. During World War One, Mr. Fairchild served with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Navy. He was a member of the Waltonville V.F.W. Post and the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Waltonville.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford



Harry Fairchild
Harry Fairchild Dies; Jefferson County Native
Harry Fairchild of Secor, Illinois, a former resident of Waltonville and Sesser, died Sunday at his home at the age of 75. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Brayfield Chapel in Sesser with the Rev. Kenneth Gossett officiating. Burial will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetary near Waltonville. The body will lie in state at Brayfield's Chapel where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Fairchild was born on March 14, 1897, in Jefferson County, the son of Rudolph and Eliza (Hodge) Fairchild. He married Deplha Oard, who survives. Other survivors include: three sons, Lawrence of Phoenix, John of Marquette Heights, Illinois, and Edgar of Secor; three daughters, Mrs. Annabelle McGhee of Secor, and Mrs. Helen Overturf of Benton; a step-daughter, Fay Bullock of Decatur; a brother, Fred of Centralia; 19 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Mary Fairchild
Of Waltonville Dies Yesterday
Mrs. Mary Eliza Fairchild of Waltonville, widow of E.W. Fairchild, died yesterday afternoon at Mt. Vernon Hospital at the age of 70 years. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Walter Farlow, will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Universalist church in Waltonville and burial will be in Mount Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville. Mrs. Fairchild is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Rightnowar of Waltonville, Mrs. Edna Wright of Scheller, Mrs. Ruby Harris of Maroa, Ill., and Mrs. Mildred Roberts of Mt. Vernon; two sons, Everett of Maroa, Ill., and Orval of Waltonville; 23 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL
October 1942
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Jesse Fagan
Aged Resident Died 10 a.m. Monday
Near Waltonville Jesse Fagan, an old and highly respected resident of Waltonville locality, died yesterday morning at the home of his son, Joseph Fagan, three miles west of Waltonville, at 10 o’clock. Mr. Fagan fell in the yard of his son’s home and broke one hip about three weeks ago. He was preceded in death by his wife years ago. Mr. Fagan was 82 years of age. He is survived by his son, Joseph Fagan, and by a daughter, Mrs. Frances Robinson of Springfield, and by sons whose names and addresses could not be learned. Mrs. Robinson arrived this morning to attend her father’s funeral, which was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock, followed by burial in Knob Prairie cemetery. Mrs. Bryan Dycus and Mrs. Aubrey Watson of Mt. Vernon, are granddaughters of Mr. Fagan.

DOD: 17 July 1933
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard

Cecelia Ruth Farr
Former Resident Cecelia Farr Dies At Aurora, Ill.

Word has been recieved here of the death of Mrs. Cecelia Ruth Farr, 83, a former resident of Mt. Vernon and Waltonville. Mrs. Farr died September 16 at Aurora, Ill. where she had made her home for the past 16 years. Funeral services were held at the Dieterie Memorial Homein Aurora and burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park in that city. Mrs. Farr was a member of the First Baptist church of Aurora. She is survived by her husband, Harry L,; one son, Clyde C. Baldridge of Aurora; one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Josephine) Stredde of Aurora; one brother; John P. Carson of Waltonville; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Ronald Fausnaugh
Ronald Eugene "Fuzz" Fausnaugh, 59, of Bonnie, passed away at 1 :56 a.m. Monday, May 26, 2008, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born in Circleville, Ohio, on Aug. 25, 1948, a son of Doyle and Marjorie (Fausnaugh) Martin. Per Ronald's wishes no public services will be held. Ronald is survived by his parents, Doyle and Marjorie Martin of Crestview, Fla.; a sister, Debi Wagoner of Bonnie; two nieces, Jessica Wagoner of Bonnie and Heather Mick of Bonnie; a great-niece, Bailey Wagoner of Bonnie; a great-nephew, Carter Mick of Bonnie; best friends for life, Larry Ewing and wife Pat of Adelanto, Calif; special companion, Dale Fryday of Bonnie; and several close friends and extended family. His grandparents, Dorothy Marie and Roy Raymond Fausnaugh preceded him in death. Ronnie has traveled the world. His loves were nature, photography, and his dogs. He was the happiest when he was outdoors and enjoying the sounds of nature. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: May 27, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Rosemary Featherling
Rosemary Featherling, 63, of Walnut Hill died at 1 p.m. Nov. 4, 2005 at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital’s Mt. Vernon campus. She was employed at various Centralia businesses throughout her life. Those jobs most important to her included housewife, mother, grandmother, Raccoon School volunteer and special babysitter. She was born Aug. 28, 1942 to Clifford and Imogene “Gregory” Melton in Walnut Hill. She was married Feb. 23, 1963 to Richard Featherling. He survives in Walnut Hill. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2005 at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Bruce Hough and Jim Watts will officiate. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Centralia. Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Melissa Donoho and husband, Roger of Walnut Hill, Julie Benjamin and husband, Kenny of Walnut Hill; six special grandsons, Brian, Steven, Jeffrey and Curtis Donoho, Joshua, and Jordan Benjamin, all of Walnut Hill two nephews, Jeff Bowen and wife Jennifer of Texico, Kevin Bowen and wife Beth of Cisne; two great nephews, Ryan Clark and Caleb Bowen of Texico and one great niece, Madelyn Bowen of Cisne; special friends, Emogene Beal and Sharon McClelland, both of Centralia; sister Myra Bowen of Mt. Vernon as well as many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and special aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Gregory Lee Featherling. Memorials may be made to the Boyd Christian Church and received at the funeral home.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 11-06-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Cora Gladys (Malone) Ferguson
Mt. Vernon -- Cora Gladys Ferguson, 79, of 1012 S. 24th St. died Sunday at her home. She was a former employee of the Garment Factory. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Myers-Baril Chapel, with the Rev. Ron Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Black Cemetery. Friends may call at the Myers-Baril Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Ferguson was born Aug. 7, 1900, in Wayne County, the daughter of John and Charlotte (Anderson) Malone. On Nov. 24, 1970, she was married to Howard Ferguson, who survives. Other survivors include three step-daughters, Helen Irwin of Sterling, Wilma Grothoff of Bonnie and Geraldine Irwin of Bluford; two stepsons, Alvy Hulbert of Sterling and Burrell Hulbert of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Carrie Myers of Meade, Kan., and Agnes Dickey of Bethune, S.C.; and one brother, Merle Malone of Cisne. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Hulbert; and one step-son, Billy Hulbert. Mrs. Ferguson was a member of the South West Christian Church.
Obituary from The Register-News, Monday, November 19, 1979

Published in Wayne Co Press on Nov 22, 1979
Mrs. Ferguson Dies; Was Native
Cora Gladys Ferguson, 79, of Mt. Vernon, a native of Wayne County, died Sunday at her home in Mt. Vernon. She was a sister of Merle Malone, of Cisne. Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Myers-Baril Funeral Home, with burial in the Black Cemetery. Born in 1900 Mrs. Ferguson was born in Wayne County Aug. 7, 1900, the daughter of John and Charlotte (Anderson) Malone. On Nov. 24, 1970, she was married to Howard Ferguson, who survives. She was a former employee of the garment factory in Mt. Vernon. She was a member of the South West Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Hulbert; and one step-son, Billy Hulbert.
Besides her husband, surviving are three step-daughters, Helen Irwin, of Sterling; Wilma Grothoff, of Bonnie: and Geraldine Irwin, of Bluford; two step-sons, Alvy Hulbert of Sterling; Burrell Hulbert, of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Carrie Myers, of Meade, Kan.; and Agnes Dickey, of Bethune, S.C.' and one brother, Merle Malone, of Cisne. [Cora Gladys (Malone) Ferguson 8/7/1900 - 11/19/1979, buried in Black Cemetery w/husband, Howard A. Ferguson.]

Submitted by: Marilynn Howard * airrow @ ix.netcom.com


Ezra Ferguson
Ezra Ferguson Dies at Age 76 At Mt. V. Home
Ezra Ferguson, a farmer, died at 8:00 o'clock this morning at his home 1200 south 13th street. Mr. Ferguson died only two days after observing his 76th birthday. He was born November 13, 1875 in Jefferson county the son of Tyler and Rosa (Black) Ferguson. He was married to May Hicks who preceded him in death in 1910. Mr. Ferguson is survived by four sons, Alson of Herrin, Dalton of Kell, Howard of Mt. Vernon and Harrold of Salem, five daughters, Mrs. Eithel Wilson of Opdyke, Mrs. Venetta Six of Dixon, Mrs. Winnie Mullins and Mrs. Pearl Boothby of Salem and Mrs. Loretta Hertenstein of Bonnie, one sister Mrs. Emma Payne of Waltonville; 23 grandchildren an six great grandchildren. The body was taken to Myers Chapel. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Ezra Ferguson Rites Saturday
Funeral Services for Ezra Ferguson 76, will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Second Baptist church. The Rev. Marsh Harpoole will officiate. The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call at any time until the funeral hour. Mr. Ferguson died at 8:00 o'clock yesterday morning at his home, 1200 south 13th street. He is survived by his wife Nona. He was preceded in death by his first wife May Hicks.

Source: The Register News
Date: Nov. 15, 1951 & Nov. 16, 1951
Submitted by Cindy Ford


Howard A. Ferguson
Howard A. Ferguson, 91, of Route 2, Bluford, died 3:20 p.m. Sept. 25, 1999, at the home of his daughter Wilma Grothoff at rural route Bonnie. Mr. Ferguson retired from Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory after many years in the maintenance department. He was born Oct. 6, 1907, in Jefferson County to Ezra and Mae (Hicks) Ferguson. He married Ila Reynolds, and later married Gladys Malone Hulbert; both preceded him in death. Graveside services were to be 1 p.m. today at Black Cemetery in the Long Prairie community, with the Rev. Everett Lemay officiating. Hughey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Ferguson is survived by daughters Geraldine Irwin and husband Oscar of Bluford and Wilma Grothoff and husband Charles of Bonnie; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Harl Ferguson of Salem; sister Loretta Raines and husband Cecil of Bonnie; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wives, Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alson and Dalton; and four sisters, Eithel, Winnie, Venetta and Pearl. Family and friends may call Hughey Funeral Home at 242-3348 for any information at any time.
[Howard A. Ferguson 6/20/1908 - 9/25/1999, buried in Black Cemetery, Jefferson County, Illinois w/wife, Cora Gladys (Malone) Ferguson.]

Source: Unknown Newspaper
Submitted by: Marilynn Howard * airrow@ix.netcom.com


Parmelia May Ferguson
Parmelia M. wife of Ezra F. Ferguson died at her home in McClellan township Sunday morning at 10 o'clock of heart trouble her age was 33 years.
The funeral was held this afternoon and internment made at Black Creek Cemetery.

Source: The Register News
Date: April 23, 1911
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Shirley Ferguson
Shirley Mae Ferguson, 64, of Woodlawn died Tuesday afternoon, Jan 24, 2006, at her home. She was born July 3, 1941, in Centralia, daughter of Lester and Christine (Swartzlander) Lawson. She married Ronal Ferguson on May 29, 1981, in Mount Vernon, and he survives in Woodlawn. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and two brothers. She was proceeded in death by her parents, a sister and a brother. Mrs. Ferguson was a retired school teacher, having taught at Field School in Texico for many years. She was a devoted member of Fouts Christian Church. Graveside services will be held at 11 am Friday at the Fouts Christian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm today at Fouts Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at to Fouts Christian Church and will be received at Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Submitted By: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson
Mt. Vernon Register News

Danny Lee Fields
Danny Lee Fields, 55, of Hastings, New York, died May 28, 2006, in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He had been a member of the VFW in Amarillo, TX. He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. Graveside services were held at Smith Veteran's Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois, with full military honors on June 2. Mr. Fields is survived by his wife, Lynn Ann Fields of Hastings; his mother, Joyce Fields of Amarillo, TX; three daughters, Micki (Jim) Patton of O'Fallon, IL, Dani-Lee Fields of Mount Vernon, IL, and Amanda Poormon of Hastings; three sons, Harold (Shelly) Fields of Liverpool, Greg (Sheena) Fields of O'Fallon, IL, and Eric (Jennifer) Caruth of Liverpool; and three sisters, Rita (Gary) Hamby, Ruby (Sam) Maher and Shawna (JB) Upshaw, all of Amarillo, TX; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William Fields, and a grandson, Eric Bailey Clark. Family and friends will gather at Plank Road Park in Cicero, NY, on Saturday, July 15. Call 668-6563 for details. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Veterans Administration Hospital Patient Fund, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse 13210. Goddard-Crandall-Shepardson

Source: The Post-Standard {Syracuse, NY}
Date: July 12, 2006
Submitted by Cindy Ford


Mary Filberth
Mary Filberth Dies at Age 85; Rites Thursday
Mary Filberth died at the age of 85 at her home in Shiloh Township last night. She was born in Germany January 31, 1866, the daughter of Phillip Schumm, and had lived in this country 44 years.
In 1885 she married John Filberth, who died in 1908.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Pekin, IL. Surviving are three sons, George and Fred of Woodlawn and Ed of Stronghurst, Ill.; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Eubanks of Mt Vernon, and Frieda and Louise at home; two brothers, Adam Schumm of Pekin and George Schumm of Tremont, Ill; ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
The body will remain at Myers Chapel where friends may call after 11 a.m. tomorrow. Funeral services will be in Myers Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. cemetery in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K. Torp

David Blair Fitzgerrell
David Fitzgerrell Of Ina Died At Age 50
Services for David Blair Fitzgerrell, 50, Ina, who died at 8:03 p.m. Saturday at University Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Dale Burzynski officiating. Burial will be at Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He was born July 25, 1935, in Illinois. On June 30, 1956, at Ina, he married Margaret Witt, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, Louis R. and Katherine Fitzgerrell of Mt. Vernon, one son, Brad Fitzgerrell of Ina, and one daughter, Pamela Fitzgerrell of Ina. He was preceded in death by his natural mother, Louise Pulley; one son, Jon Fitzgerrell; and one daughter, Vicki Fitzgerrell. He was a coal miner and worked for Inland Steel near Sesser. He was a member of the Ina Baptist Church.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Handwritten date in margin - Feb. 15, 1986
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Louis R. Fitzgerrell
Louis R. Fitzgerrell Of Ina Dies At Age 77
Louis R. Fitzgerrell, 77, Benton Road, died 3:05 p.m. March 31, 1988, at Crossroads Community Hospital. Mr. Fitzgerrell was born Jan. 8, 1911, in Illinois, a son of William D. and Mattie (Scarbough) Fitzgerrell. He first married Louise Pulley, who precede him in death April 20, 1961. Aug. 10, 1963, he married Katherine Morris, who survives. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Dale Burzynski officiating. Burial will follow at Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Masonic rites by Ewing Masonic Lodge 705 AF & AM are scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fitzgerrell is survived by a daughter-in-law, Margaret Fitzgerrell of Ina; a granddaughter, Pam Fitzgerrell of Ina; a grandson, Brad Fitzgerrell of Ina; two sisters, Mrs. Brook Irvin of Belle Rive and Mrs. Nelle Moss of West Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Fitzgerrell was a member of Ina Baptist Church. He was a member of Moose Lodge 755, Ainad Temple of East St. Louis, White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Ewing Masonic Lodge. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Fitzgerrell; a granddaughter, Vicki Fitzgerrell; a grandson, Jon Fitzgerrell; and three brothers.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: March 31, 1988
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans


Kenneth Harold Flanagan
Kenneth Harold Flanagan, age 88, of East Wenatchee, died August 18, 2007 in Wenatchee, WA. He was born on September 16, 1918 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to Berthol L. and Minnie P. (Wells) Flanagan. He was the fourth child in a family of six children. He spent most of his young life living in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He served in the military during Word War II. He farmed and worked at the Auto Light while living there. He married Mildred Maxine Greenwalt in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. After 12 years of marriage, they moved to Kennewick, WA. Then in May, 1973, they moved to East Wenatchee, WA. From this marriage, four children were born, Sandra Sue, Anita Kay, Janice Lynn, and Terry Ray. Ken always said he had to come west to get his son because Terry was born in Washington on Father's Day, whereas all the girls were born in Illinois. Ken worked as a Millwright on most of the dams along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. He retired in 1982. Ken and Maxine loved to either build homes from scratch or buy them and remodel them, working side by side. On August 22, 1972, Ken was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and served faithfully to his death. He prided himself in always being honest and helping anyone who had a need. He lost his beloved wife, Maxine, just three months before their 50th Wedding Anniversary. After the death of Maxine, Ken met and married Mary Jane Wilson on June 28, 1997. Ken is survived by his present wife, Mary Jane of the family home; his children, daughters, Sandy S. Fox; Anita K. Flanagan, both of Kennewick, WA; and Janice L. (Randy) Vickery; son, Terry R. (Leah) Flanagan, both of East Wenatchee, WA; one brother, Claude (Mary Margaret) Flanagan; one sister, Leila (William) Cox, both of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine; both of his parents; two brothers, Onis (Virginia) Flanagan and Orville (Thelma) Flanagan; and one sister, Oneta (Joe) Dixon. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2007, at 4 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1321 Methow Ave, Wenatchee, WA, with Mr. Cam McNeill officiating. Family graveside services will be held at The Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee, WA. Arrangements are made by Ward's Funeral Chapel of Leavenworth.

Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, WA)
Date: August 21, 2007
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Larry Dean Flanigan -- Leslie Leroy Reynolds
Two Mt. Vernon men were killed in a automobile accident 1 mile west of Keenes IL
Leslie Leroy Reynolds age 20, Larry Dean Flanigan age 24.
Larry was the son of Cecil and Opal Arlene Flanigan of Rochelle IL formally of Mt.Vernon. He was survived by his wife Laura and a 17 month old son Larry II. His parents 1 sister Diana and Ronald White of Rochelle 4 brothers, Terry, Cecil [Butch], George, and Billy Flanigan all of Rochelle. He was proceeded in death of a brother Donald, age 18, died in a logging accident in 1965 while helping his dad clear tree's for the Rend Lake project near the Gun Creek access area .

December 1, 1972 Mt. Vernon Register News


John F. Fletcher
John F. Fletcher Age 89, Passed away March 6, 1998 in Ruskin, Florida at Columbia South Bay Hospital. Born in Jefferson County, IL, came to area from Lockport, Illinois in 1971. Retired truck driver for State of Illinois Department of Corrections. Member of the Illinois Police Association and former member of the Moose Lodge. Survived by four daughters and their husbands; JoAnn (John) Slifer of Ruskin, FL, Barbara (John) McGovern-Albers, Pooleville, TX, Becky (Richard) Criscione of New Lenox, IL, G. Jean Ellis, Mt. Vernon, IL; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandaughter. Visitation at Lewers Chapel, Tuesday, March 10, 1-2 p.m. Graveside service Tuesday, March 10 at 2:15 p.m. Officiating Rev. Mabel Petitt, Community Church of the Nazerene. Interment Ruskin Memorial Park, Ruskin, FL. Lewers Funeral Home 308 E. College Ave. Ruskin, Florida 33570 813-645-3231

Source: The Herald News {Joliet, IL}
Date: March 10, 1998
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Larry Duane Flota
Larry Duane Flota, 58 of Mt. Vernon died 1;30 am July 12, 2000 at St. Mary's/Good Samaratian Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Flota was employed for 21 years at Vernios Stove Foundry, then at Hevi-Duty Dowzer for 17 years and was now employed at Cambridge Industries in Centralia. He was born March 24, 1942 in Mt. Vernon, a son of Coy and Cecil (Rapp) Flota. He married Judy Ann Hayes on Jan. 5, 1961 in Mt. Vernon; she survives. Services will be held 1 pm Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Rev. Gene Auxier officiating. Burial will be at East Salem Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm. Thursday at the funeral home. In addition to his wife, of Mt. Vernon, Mr. Flota is survived by two daugthers, Angela York and Christina Miller and special friend Donnald Fairchild, all of Mt. Vernon; one son, Larry Duane Flota II and fiance Maria Ulloa of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Brock York, Jadie York, Jordan York, Jerry Lee Miller, Tiffany Miller, Christin Miller, Haley Fairchild, Corey Fairchild and Donnie Fairchild, his father and stepmother, Coy and Ruth Flota of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Jim Flota and wife Ruby of Effingham; several aunts, uncles and cousins; three brothers -in- laws, Jim Hayes and wife Shirley, Terry Hayes adn wife Judy and Randy Hayes and wife Vicki, all of Mt. Vernon; and sister-in-law, Shirley Reeker and husband Fred of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Flota was a longtime member of East Salem Baptist Church, which was speical in his life and where he worshiped in his own quiet way. He was very much a family man, loving his children and grandchildren in a special kind way, and was very interested in their happiness. He was preceded in death my his mother, Cecil; grandparents Dottie and Clayton Rapp, who raised Mr. Flota in their home; and his mother and father -in-law, Reatha and John Hayes. Funeral Services are under the direction of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call at 242-3348

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Claudean Mae Beacham Foltz
MRS. CLAUDEAN MAE BEACHAM FOLTZ, age 89, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Hattiesburg, passed away suddenly on Monday morning, April 22, 2002, in Danville, California. Mrs. Foltz was born in Centralia, Illinois, on March 4, 1913, the only child of Alexina Allen Beacham and Claude Beacham. Her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bangs Allen of Cleveland, Ohio, were instrumental in her early upbringing and instilled within young Claudean a love for her family heritage, as well as the finer things in life. Through her grandfather Allen, she was descended from the earliest settlers of The Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, and the Allen's of Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Mrs. Foltz attended the Centralia public schools, where she graduated with honors. In the fall of 1931, she entered Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where she pledged the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Because of the Great Depression, she withdrew from school, returned to Centralia to work for the Woolworth Company. On October 9, 1933, she secretly married her sweetheart and fellow student at Illinois Wesleyan, David Baron Foltz, the youngest son of Rev. and Mrs. M.C. Foltz, the local Methodist minister. To this union were born three children Barbara Jan in 1940, Claudean Elizabeth (Betsy) in 1950, and David Baron (Mike) Foltz, Jr. in 1953. Mrs. Foltz' greatest focus was her family and home, and she spent her entire adult life devoted to the love, support, and advancement of her husband and children. Dr. Foltz' distinguished career as a collegiate choral director took the family from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and ultimately, Mississippi, where Dr. Foltz retired in 1977 as Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1978-79 he returned to serve as acting Dean of the USM College of Fine Arts. As one former colleague expressed it, "Claudean's personal qualities of character , impeccable taste, and gracious to all, provided a social dimension which complimented all University endeavors...She was truly a grand lady." Upon the passing of Dr. Foltz in 1992, Mrs. Foltz and her daughter, Betsy, moved to Houston to be near her son, David Jr., and his family. Mrs. Foltz was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the E.M. Chapter of the International P. E. O. Sisterhood, Wichita, Kansas, and the Mississippi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, David Baron Jr. and Beth Monroe Foltz of Houston daughters Barbara Jan Foltz Cowen and husband Dr. George David Cowen, and Claudean Elizabeth "Betsy" Foltz of Danville, CA five grandchildren Dr. Susan Katharine Cowen and husband Todd Bell of Walnut Creek, CA, Elizabeth Bryce Cowen, Esq. of New Orleans, LA, David Baron cowen of Danville, CA, Sarah Elizabeth Foltz and Katherine Alexina Monroe Foltz of Houston, TX. Interment will be in the Foltz Family Plot at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, followed by graveside services on Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. The Reverend William Leppin, Pastor of The First United Methodist Church, Centralia, officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Southern Mississippi - Dr. David Foltz Choral Fund.

Source: Hattiesburg American {MS}
Date: April 30, 2002
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Lester H. Ford
Lester H. Ford Dies Suddenly; Funeral Tuesday
Lester H. Ford, Route 1, died suddenly at his home at 1:45pm Saturday at age of 51 years, nine months and 14 days. Funeral services will be held 2 pm Tuesday at the Pully-Gutzler Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ed Shannon officiating. The body will lie in state at the Pully-Gutzler Funeral Home where friends may call after 4pm today. Mr. Ford was born September 20, 1912, in Hebron, Illinois, the son of Ed and Jessie (Tannahill) Ford. He was married, in 1932, to Edith Phelps who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Jesse Ford, Mt. Vernon; a son, Virgil Ford; a daughter, Frances Philbrick, Minot, N.Dak.; and four grandchildren. Mr. Ford is survived by three brothers, Charles Ford, Nashville, Ray Ford, and Seth (Sonny) Ford, both of Mt. Vernon; and two sisters, Aline Rell, St. Louis, Mo and Maxine Cox, Union City, Tenn. He was a veteran of World War II.

Source Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson
Date July 4, 1964


Mareata Ford
Funeral services were held today at 1:30 p.m. for Mrs. Mareata Ford at the Swango-Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Ford, 65, of 502 So. Pine, Centralia, died at 6:20 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Hospital. She had been a child care aid at the Warren G. Murray Children's Home for the last four years. Born in Mt. Vernon on Jan. 13, 1909, she was the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Kimmel) Atkinson. She was married to Lester Ford, who preceded her in death in 1972. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Nancy Harrelson of Hot Springs, Ark., and Mrs. Elizabeth Boyles of Salem; one brother, Glenn Atkinson of Mt. Vernon, and one grandchild. Mrs. Ford was a member of the First United Presbyterian church.

January 28, 1974
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Henry E. Foreman
Rites Monday for Pvt. Henry Foreman
The casketed remains of Pvt. Henry E. Foreman, who lost his life in the service of his country during World War II, will arrive in Mt. Vernon Saturday. December 18, for funeral services and reburial. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. William J. Arms officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be in charge of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The body will remain at Myers chapel, where friends may call from the time of arrival until the funeral hour. Pvt. Foreman was born May 31, 1915 in Waltonville, the son of W. E. and Joella Carson) Foreman. He was serving with Co. L. 319th Infantry, 80th Division of the 3rd Army when he was killed in France October 9, 1944. He attended Waltonville high school and was engaged in farming near Waltonville prior to his induction into the service. He is survived by his wife. Mary, of Mt. Vernon; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Foreman of Waltonville; and one brother, Carson, of Waltonville.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Henry C. Foreman
First Lieutenant Henry C. Foreman, Co. B, 53rd Ohio.
Henry C. Foreman was born Nov.5, 1842, in Marshall Co., Va. Departed this life, Feb. 21, 1921 at the home of his son W. E. Foreman, where he had lived since the death of his wife, April 7, 1920. He was married to Mary E. Gilbert, Sept. 11, 1879 in Knob Prairie in a beautiful grove near the home of her father the late Cyrus Gilbert. One hundred guests partook of the wedding dinner. He was married by Rev. R. G. Harris pastor of the Universalist church at that time. He leaves three children, Mrs. Cora Hartley, Mrs. D. M. Strickland and W. E. Foreman, all near Waltonville; six grand-children. Mrs. Craig Barnett, Mt. Vernon, Clive Hartley, Clay and Ruth Ora Strickland, Carson and Elwyn Foreman and two great grand children, Mary Evelyn Barnett and Ruth Marjorie Hartley. Mr. Foreman was a church man, no one was more interested in everthing pertaining to the church and Sunday school that he. He has served as Sunday school superintendent and teacher of the young people's class at different times for many years. As long as these young men and young women whom he taught will continue to testify for Christ his influence will live. He united with the Universalist church when a young man and has always lived close to its teachings. By the passing from earth of Henry Foreman the Universalist church loses an unswervingly loyal member. He loved his faith and was a glad attendant onthe services for worship and zealous in spreading the good tidings to the whole world. His gracious personality lent charm and welcome to his church and friends. The generous part he took in ministering to the sick and unfortunate and his keen and ready sympathy to the afflicted endeared him to everyone.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Joella Foreman
Joella Foreman Dies; Funeral In Waltonville
Mrs. Joella Foreman, 78, of 619 Broadway, died at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was a former resident of Waltonville. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville. The Rev. Gus Smith will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will lie in state at the funeral home in Waltonville, where friends may call after 5:00 p.m. today. Mrs. Foreman was born May 9, 1887 at Bentleyville, Pa., the daughter of elgy and Ruth (Morton) Carson. She was married to Willie Foreman, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Foreman was a member of the Universalist church at Waltonville. She is survived by one son, Carson Forman of Waltonville; one brother, John Carson of Waltonville; two sisters, Mrs. Cecelia Farr of Aurora, Ill., and Mrs. Alta McRoberts of Coal Center, Pa; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by one son.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Oscar M. Foutch
Oscar M. Foutch of RFD, Woodlawn, died at 10.10 p. m. yesterday at his farm home. Mr. Foutch was born December 22, 1879, and at the time of death was 72 years, nine months and 23 days of age. He was the son of Elijjah and Belle (Riley) Foutch of Grand Prairie township, Jefferson county.
On December 17, 1936, he was married to Melissa Ragsdale, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Stanton Foutch of Boyd, and four daughters, Marceline Foutch at home, Mrs. Alma Walker and Miss Bernice Foutch of Chicago, and Mrs. Wanda Wright of Anchorage, Alaska; two stepchildren, Jack Ragsdale of Opportunity, Wash., and Mrs. Mildred Creed of Centralia: five brothers, Andrew, Francis and Arthur of Centralia and George and Paul of Dix; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Corners and Mrs. Flora Stewart of Centralia; and two grandchildren. Mr. Foutch was a member of the Mt. Catherine Christian church, where funeral Services will be held Saturday at 11 a. m. conducted by the Rev. Grant Hawkins. Burial will be in Mt. Catherine cemetery. The body will remain at Osborn funeral home in Dix where friends may call after 2 p. m. Friday.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K. Torp


Nijel Fowler
Nijel Fowler, 89, of Ina died 10:51 p.m. March 8, 1998, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, Mt. Vernon. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Fowler was born Dec. 27, 1908, in Jefferson County, a daughter of William Floyd and Cora Patterson Cockrum June 13, 1933, in Jefferson County, she married Fred Fowler who died Sept. 16, 1976. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Capps and the Rev. Larry Clyatt officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Fowler is survived by four sons, Hugh Dale Fowler and wife Roberta of Ina, Fred Gale Fowler and wife Sharon of Ina, Curtis Fowler and wife Brenda of Ina and Keith Fowler and wife Loretta of Ina; nine grandchildren, Stephen Fowler of Benton, Joy Schroeder of Mt. Vernon, Wayne Fowler of Ina, Susan Slamans of Sugar Grove, Todd Fowler of Ina, Cindy Dulin of Swansea, Christopher Fowler of Ina, David Fowler of Ina and Anthony Dale Fowler of Ina; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ora Baker of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of New Hope Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, six sisters and one grandson Brandon Gale Fowler.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford, Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Capt. Arthur Logan Fred
We wish to thank the many friends and neighbors for their sympathy, kind ness and floral offerings, at the time of the death of our son, Capt. Arthur L. Fred.
Mr. And Mrs. Verner Fred And Family.
Capt. Arthur Logan Fred, an Illinois airman was killed in the crash of a 10 engine Intercontinental B 36 bomber, May 25, 1955, near San Angelo, Texas. Capt. Fred was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Verner Fred of Waltonville, Ill. The body arrived in St. Louis, Mo. Wednesday, June 1st., and funeral services were held Friday, June 3rd. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemtery, St. Louis, Mo. Arthur graduated with the class of 1937 at Waltonville High School, then attended the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Ill. He spent four years as an elementary teacher in Jefferson County schools before entering the service. During World War II Capt. Fred served with the 57th Troop Carrier Wing in Italy where he was Navigator on 16 missions. Capt. Fred held the Air medal with 7 clusters, the European Theatre Ribbon with 4 battle stars, and the Air Medal for Korean Service with 3 battle stars. On October 16, 1954, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Ann Weldon O'Neal of Roswell, New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, parents, a sister, Mrs. Helen Darnell of Waltonville, Ill., two daughters, Charlotte and Donna of Sesser, Ill., a son, Ronald, of Roswell, New Mexico, and a stepson, Lloyd O'Neal, of Roswell, New Mexico.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Lillian Fry
Mrs. Lillian Fry Dies; Funeral At Ashley Tuesday
Mrs. Lillian R. Fry, 66, of Ashley died Saturday following an apparent heart attack. She as the widow of W. O. Fry, owner and operator of the Fry Merchantile Company in Ashley for 41 years. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Kringer Funeral Home in Ashley with the Rev. John Nall officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Ashley. The body will lie in state at the Kringer Funeral Home where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. Mrs. Fry was born Feb. 11, 1901 at Scheller, the daughter of Joseph A. and Cora E. (Wright) Reeves. Her husband W. O. Fry, preceded her in death in 1964. Survivors include a son, Dwight R. Fry, of Centralia, two stepsons, Dr. J. Ralph Fry of Murphysboro, and Dr. D. H. Fry of Springfield; a daughter, Mrs. LeRoy Medley of Springfield; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Gene Williamson of Kokomo, Ind.; three brothers, V. G. Reeves of Dahlgren, Donald Reeves of Chicago, and Joe B. Reeves of Huntsville, Ala.; and 15 grandchildren. Mrs. Fry was a member of the Methodist church and the Loyal Neighbors of America Lodge.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford

John R. Fullerton
John Fullerton Of Ina Dies At Age 85
John R. Fullerton, 85, Ina, died at 3:45 p.m. May 23, 1987, at his home. Mr. Fullerton was born Feb. 10, 1902, in Dahlgren, a son of Alexander C. and Amanda (Smith) Fullerton. On Aug. 10, 1937, in Spencer, Ind., he married Helen R. Brown, who survives. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Merle Fullerton officiating. Burial will follow in Kirk Cemetery, Ina. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home in Ina. In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Winston M. Fullerton and wife Barbara of Ina and Douglas M. Fullerton and wife Judy of Bonnie; and two granddaughters, Melanie and Robyn Fullerton, both of Ina. Mr. Fullerton was a retired employee of the Dixon State School. He was also a member of the Macedonia Masonic Lodge No. 1128 in Macedonia. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sister and five brothers.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: May 23, 1987
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Isolina Mae Cobb Fyke
A VERY DISASTROUS EXPLOSION
One Woman Killed and Three Men Seriously Hurt
J.H. Bruce, of Field Township, was in the city this morning and gave the Register the following particulars of the explosion at Ben Padgett's saw and grist mill at Divide yesterday afternoon, by which Mrs. Granville Fyke was instantly killed and William Purdue, William Padgett and Granville Fyke seriously wounded. The mill was a portable one and had been located at Divide, but a comparatively short time, although it had been in operation at various points in the vicinity for a year or more. Although owned by Ben Padgett, it was leased and operated by Granville Fyke, who utilized the engine for both sawing lumber and grinding grist, and for the accommodation of his customers devoted certain days in every week to each class of work. For some time the water in the pond, used at the source of supply for the mill, has been getting low and Mr. Fyke had been uneasy for several days, fearing that its muddy and impure condition would be disastrous and yesterday morning began to haul water for the purpose of making steam. Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Fyke, who lives about a quarter of a mile away, walked down to the mill for a short visit with her husband, little dreaming of the awful fate in store for her. About 3:30 o'clock she was in the engine room engaged in conversation with Mr. Fyke, William Purdue and William Padgett, when without warning, a terrific explosion occurred which wrecked the building and instantly killed Mrs. Fyke, and it is believed fatally wounded Purdue, in addition to seriously injuring William Padgett and Mr. Fyke. The boiler was blown entirety through the mill, entering the northwest and coming out of the southeast corner of the building, completely wrecking the structure. Mrs. Fyke's neck was broken, in addition to one of her shoulders and arms, besides other in juries. It was at first believed that Purdue had also been killed, as he was insensible and apparently dead for some time, but consciousness returned, although his wounds are thought to be fatal. Padgett was thrown entirely across the street, a distance of thirty feet, and escaped with no more serious injury than a broken wrist. The character of Mr. Fyke's wounds could not be learned, although they are understood to be quite serious. The mill was of sixteen horse power and had been used for some time, but had never been considered unsafe with an ample supply of good water for use in the boilers. Mrs. Fyke was Miss Lina Cobb before her marriage. She leaves a family of six or seven children to mourn her untimely end. The funeral and interment took place at Jordan's Chapel in Field township, one mile and a half east of Dix at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Mr. Fyke is a son of Mrs. Phoebe C. Maxey, who lives two miles north of this city and is a brother of Professor John Fyke of East St. Louis. Some idea of the force of the explosion may be gained from the statement made by Mr. Bruce, that a wagon loaded with corn, which was standing near the mill when the concussion occurred, was completely destroyed and its contents scattered over the ground for a distance of a hundred feet or more. This is one of the most deplorable accidents that has ever taken place in Field township and the Register tenders its sympathy and commiseration to those afflicted by its occurrence.
--Mount Vernon, Illinois

The Daily Register, Dec. 31, 1896
Submitted by: James L. Fyke, jlfyke@mtco.com
Relationship : Great-Grandson



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