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Phyllis Jane Saari
Saari, Phyllis Jane, 75, died in her home on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, surrounded by her family. She was born to Rudolph and Ruby Woerter in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and lived as a girl in Evansville, Indiana. Jane worked as a bookkeeper at Goodyear Tire Co. and retired in 1983 from Joe's Seat Cover and Car Wash. She loved the ocean and beaches, collecting sea shells, and travelin g with her husband, Robert, who survives her. They were married for 34 years. Jane was known for her quick sense of humor, and her kindness to others. She was a Sunday School teacher, a Blue Bird leader, and active in the school PTA. She will be remembered with love by her three daughters Mary Pritchett and Kathryn Price of Wichita, KS, and Sandra McDonald (John) of Clearwater, KS. Jane had three grandchildren, Greg Davis, Kelly Johnson, and Eric Price, and four great-grandchildren. Per her request, no services will be held. Memorials may be sent to the Humane Society, 4218 Southeast Blvd, Wichita, KS 67210.

The Wichita Eagle (KS), May 24, 2007
Submitted by Cindy Ford




Paul M. Sammons
Paul M. Sammons, 90, of Mt. Vernon died at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2006 at his son's home in Texico. He was a retired meter reader for Illinois Power Company in Mt. Vernon. He was born Jan. 17, 1916 in Jefferson County to Thomas V. Sammons and Violet A (Shafer) Sammons. He married Velma F. Freear on Sept. 3, 1938 in Nashville and she preceded him in death on July 19, 1999. Feuneral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2006 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Rev. Dan Lovin will preside. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Chaplain Ernie Collins of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct a Military Flag Presentation. Visitaion will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2006 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with a Jefferson County Shrine Club Walk-through Servive at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. He is survived by one son, Clayton Sammons and Judy Dunn of Texico; four grandchildren, James R. Sammons and wife Laurie of Phoenix, Arizona, Leigh Kubiak and husband Joe of Dayton, Ohio, Kelly Barva and husband, Brian of Bonnie, Courtney Sammons of Mt. Vernon and seven great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harold Sammons. Sammons was a member of Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge # 31, Andrew D. Webb Chapter # 160, Patton Commandery # 69, Salem Council # 97, Mt. Vernon Order of the Eastern Star Chapter # 66, Ainad Shrine Temple and the Jefferson County Shrine Club. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Shriner's Children Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 618-242-3348 or visit our website at wwwhugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information.

Obit Source Mount Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves * ida1949@charter.net
Date March 04, 2006

Donald Sanders
Donald Sanders, age 70, of Mt. Vernon died 4:52 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2006, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born June 6, 1935, in Fayette County, Illinois, son of Ralph Sanders and Mildred (Rhoades) Sanders. He first married Shirley Hoffman and later married Phyllis Hefner on March 27, 1994 in Centralia, Illinois and she survives. Mr. Sanders was a Retired Sergeant at the Vandalia Correctional Facility, and was also a farmer. Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife Phyllis Sanders of Mt. Vernon; two sons, Keith Sanders and wife Dee of Vandalia, and Kent Sanders and wife Karen of Ramsey, Illinois; one daughter Kendra Craig and husband Andy of Ramsey, Illinois; four grandchildren, Christopher Sanders, Jessica Torbeck, Kelby Sanders and Sarah Craig; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Sanders and Preston Sanders; one step-son, David Bullock of Woodlawn, Illinois; three step-daughters, Sheila Ashby and husband Patrick of Centralia, Susan Bullock and husband Rick of Mt. Vernon, and Kathy Bradley and husband George of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Barbara Brown and husband Lawrence of Vandalia, and Vivian Witter and husband Floyd of Collinsville; eight step-grandchildren, Brittany Morgan, Brandon Morgan, Ashlee Blankenship, Olivia Bullock, Michael Ashby, Benjamin Ashby, Rebekkah Bradley and Caleb Bradley. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant sister. Donald was a member of the Ramsey Baptist Church in Ramsey, Illinois where he taught Sunday School. He attended the King City Church of God in Mt. Vernon. He was a member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau and was on the State Young People Committee for the Illinois Farm Bureau, Past Director of the Southwestern Electric Company. Donald loved to camp and collect tractors.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2/2006
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Mrs. Gertrude Sanders
Two Deaths In same Family In Very Short Time
Mrs. Gertrude Sanders Dies of Sudden Heart Attack on Learning of Father's Condition.
G. T. Terry Father, Dies Some Time After.
Deeply solicitious as to the condition of her father, George Thomas Terry, who was seriously sick. Mrs. Gertrude Sanders on learning that he had changed for the worse insisted on attempting to rise from a sick bed to visit him, the effort bringing on a heart attack which resulted in her sudden death. Mrs Sanders died at 1:10 pm.Sunday, and the father, the object of her tender love and sympathy followed her in death 10:45 last night, but a few hours later. A double funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon for the father and daughter at 2:00 o'clock at Myers Chapel, 122 North Tenth Street. The service will be conducted by the Rev. J. H. Burden and Rev. George P. Rutledge. Mrs Sanders will be buried in Oakwood Cem. and Mr. Terry in West Salem. Mrs sanders died at her home 910 Taylor Avenue, and she had lived 24 years in Mt. Vernon. She was born March 18, 1888 and her age at time of death was 46 years 2 months and 2 days. She was was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Terry of this city. She is survived by her husband Harvey A. Sanders and two sons, Harold and Harvey Eugene, at home. And her stepmother Mrs. Thomas Terry, and five brothers, viz: Grover of Capron Illinois, Clyde and Homer of East Alton, Illinois, Otis of Wolf Lake, Illinois, and Thomas of Michigan: Two sisters Lucille Terry of East Alton, Illinois, and Mrs. Aline Grothius, of Mt. Vernon. She was a member of the Christian church

Submitted By: Barbara Mason barbmason1@charter.net
Relationship: Niece
Date May 20, 1934
Source The Register News in Mt. Vernon, Illinois


George Sargent
George Sargent, born in 1941 in Rome Township, passed away Jan. 29, 2006, at age 64. After an honorable discharge from the US Navy, he graduated from the University of Illinois in Bloomington. He was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He lived in Milwaukee and Franklin, Wis., for the past 38 years. He was active in little league, local politics, taught school and owned a photography business and a machinery brokering business. Mr. Sargent is survived by his wife, Dora, and children Stephanie Sargent and Stephen (Catherine) Sargent. He was the grandfather of Thomas, Jonathan and Caroline and the brother of Yvone (Karl) Whetzel and Myra Clary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juliett Birkner and Parker Sargent, and brothers David and Larry Sargent. Funeral information and guest book are located at www.heritagefuneral.com.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2/7/2006
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Charles Glenn Sargent
Charles Glenn Sargent, 23 year old teacher and coach at Rome Consolidated grade School at Dix, collapsed at his desk in a classroom at 3:10 pm yesterday and died suddenly. Mr. Sargent was sitting at his desk and talking to students in the classroom, shortly before close of the school day, when he was stricken by an apparent heart attack. The death of the well liked young teacher and basketball coach came as a shock to his many friends in Dix area and all of Jefferson County. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 pm at the Boyd Christian Church, of which he was a member. The Rev. Wayne Shaw of Bloomington, Ind. and the Rev. Glenn Hawkins of Dix will officiate and burial will be in Boyd Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, where friends may call after 2:00 pm Sunday. Mr. Sargent was born September 6, 1939 at Dix. the son of Lloyd and Isabelle (Meadows) Sargent. He was a graduate of Rome consolidated Grade School, Woodlawn high school, Mt. Vernon Community College and Southern Illinois University. He was a Sunday School class teacher at Boyd Christian Church. He was well known in this area as a basketball coach and referee. Besides his parents, his is survived by three sisters, Cleta Mae Sargent, Carolyn Kay Sargent and Connie Fay Sargent all at home, and his grandmothers, Hattie Meadows and Ethel Sargent Jones, both of Dix.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Isabelle Sargent
Isabelle (Ninnie) Sargent, 68, Dix, died at 4:25 pm Saturday in her home. Mrs. Sargent was born in Irvington on Nov, 8, 1915, the daughter of Wade and Hattie (Neabuhr) Meadows. On Oct. 21, 1936, in Benton, she married Lloyd (Bill) Sargent, who preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 1982. She was a member of the Calvary United Pentecostal Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday in the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with the Rev. Richard Pearce officiating. Burial will follow in the Boyd Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. James (Cleta) Modglin and Mrs. Terry (Connie) Bradshaw, both of Dix. and Kay Cook of Sandoval; one brother John Meadows of Mt. Vernon; seven grandchildren, Jim Shields who was raised in her home, Lisa and Steve Cook, Robbie and Kayla Modglin, and Lucy and Abby Bradshaw. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Charles, one sister, and five brothers.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Clinella Mae Savage
Clinella Mae Savage, 74, of Gulfport, Miss., and formerly of Mt. Vernon, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at her residence in Gulfport. She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Mt. Vernon to Adam and Martha (Curtis) Schutte. She married Marion Savage on Aug. 5, 1949 in Henderson, Ky. He died Aug. 14, 1994. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Randy Sells will officiate. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. There will be no public visitation. She is survived by one son, Eric Savage and wife Kathy of Magnolia, Del.; one daughter, Dr. Debra Elaine Rogers and husband Roy of Jackson, Miss.; four grandchildren, Christopher and Rachel Rogers and Jennifer and Benjamin Savage; two brothers, Marlin Schutte and wife Marilyn of Rochester, N.Y., and June Schutte and wife Betty of Sacramento, Calif.; sister-in-law Annie Boger of Topeka, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. She was a member of Gulfport Methodist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit our Web site at www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2/4/06
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Bert W. Schmitt
DR. SCHMITT, DENTIST, DIES
Dr. Bert W. Schmitt, 801 North 12th Street, died at 8:38 pm Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 67. The death of the popular and well-known dentist came after a short illness and was a shock and surprise to his friends. He was active in his office practice until only three weeks ago. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Myers Chapel. Dr. Schmitt was born on June 19, 1902, the son of William A. and Cora (Morgan) Schmitt. The family for many years operated an automobile parts supply company in Mt. Vernon and the father served as a township and county official. On October 26, 1924 he married Helen Johnson. She survives. Dr. Schmitt graduated from St. Louis University College of Dentistry in 1925 and began his practice in Mt. Vernon in August of that year. He was a member of the Masons, Modern Woodsmen, and the Dental Society. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Janet Carlson of Kankakee; a son, Wlliam R. Schmitt of Montague, Mich.; a brother, Arthur E. Schmitt of Mt. Vernon; and eight grandchildren.

Obit Source Mt Vernon Register-News
Submitted by: John Robert Carlson * johncarlson1812@yahoo.com
Relationship = Grandfather
Date 3 Mar 1970

Jacob Schmitt
JACOB SCHMITT DIES; 45 YEARS IN BUSINESS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED BUSINESSMEN IN THE COUNTY - BORN IN GERMANY, HE HAS BEEN AN INTENSELY LOYAL AMERICAN.
Jacob Schmitt, one of the oldest and best liked Mt. Vernon businessmen, died at the family residence, 407 South Seventh Street this morning at 9:00 o'clock. Mr. Schmitt had the record of being fourty-five years continuously in business in Mt. Vernon, when he sold the building on the east side of the square two years ago to David Miller, and retired from the barber business, his son, W.A. Schmitt, then moving the business to its present location. Forty Seven years ago he moved here from Centralia and went into business and a few years later, bought property on the east side of the square on which was an old frame building and he erected a new building in its place, where he remained ever since on the public square, and "on the square" with his dealings with his fellow man, for he was respected by all who knew him. Although born in Germany, Mr. Schmitt was intensley loyal to his adopted country, and loved it as if he were native born. He had two brothers in the Civil War, Philip Schmitt, who died at Centralia of cholera a year after the war and Frank Schmitt, six years his senior, who lives in this city. Another brother, William, aged 80 years, still lives in Germany. Jacob Schmitt was born in Heppenheim, Germany, Aug. 28, 1846 and was therefore 71 years and six months old. He came to America when 21 years old, two of his brothers having preceeded him. He came first to New York, later to Cincinnati, then to Centralia, in 1868, taking out his naturalization papers at once. The next year he married Miss Sarah Tinsley of Centralia, who has been his loving companion through the years. She has been very ill for the last three weeks. Two of their children, W.A. Schmitt, and Mrs. F.E. Johnston, reside in this city. Two others died in infancy. There are three grand children, Arthur Schmitt, who is in school at the University of Illinois, Bert, who is in high school here, and Harry Long, of Chilicothe, Ohio. Mr. Schmitt was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. The funeral will probably be held Saturday, announcement of which will be made tomorrow. He was a member of the Iuka Tribe, Independent Order of the Red Men. Mr. Schmitt always took an interest in civic affairs and represented the third ward as alderman for two terms. In politics he was an ardent Republican.

Obit Source Mt. Vernon Daily Register
Submitted by: John Robert Carlson * johncarlson1812@yahoo.com
Relationship = Great Great Grandfather
Date 28 Feb 1918


Wilferd G. Schumm
Wilferd G. Schumm, 83, of Wayne City died 12:34 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Care Center in Mt. Vernon. He was a retired farmer and Illinois Central Railroad worker. Mr. Schumm was born July 20,1920, in Orient to George William and Sophia Cutt. He married Marian Opal (Lowery) Schumm Feb. 24, 1946, in West Frankfort; she survives. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at East Hickory Hill Church in Bluford. The Rev. Gale Breeze will officiate. Burial will follow in East Hickory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Thursday at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City. Mr. Schumm is survived by his wife, Marian Schumm of Wayne City; sons Wilferd Dale Schumm of Wayne City and David Lynn Schumm and wife Laverne of Keenes; daughters Aramintha Carol Dixon of Bridgeport and Patricia Ann Schumm of St. Peters, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Floyd Charles Schumm and wife Betty of Bluford; and a sister, Cevern Joan Bouchep of Centralia. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister. Mt. Schumm was a tech 5 sergent in World War II, serving from 1941 to 1945 in the European theater with the 440th troop carrier group 98th squadron of the 8th Army. He attended Rankin Trade School in St. Louis. He was a member of East Hickory Hill Church in Bluford. For more information you may contact Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City at 895-2121.

10-10-2004
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves


Roy Lee Scrivner
Chenoa Veteran Taken Sunday at Dwight Hospital
Funeral Services Held Yesterday Afternoon at Local Funeral Home"
Roy Lee Scrivner, 47 died at 9:30 p.m., Sunday at the U.S. Veteran's hospital in Dwight (Illinois), following an illness of two months. Funeral services were held at 1:30 pm at the Easton-Pils funeral home in this city, with the Rev. Charles L. Coleman officiating. Burial was made in the Opdyke cemetery at Mt. Vernon. The American Legion conducted its burial service as a part of the obsequies. Music at the Chenoa (Illinois) service was furnished by Miss Margie Burke, who sang two hymns, accompanied a the piano by Mrs. Gilber Pils. Mr. Scrivner was born on Nov. 8 1899, in Jefferson County, a son of Joseph and Mary Scrivner. He lived in Opdyke for 25 years before moving to Chenoa. In 1922, he married Sadie Woods at Mt. Vernon. She preceded him in death in 1937. Surviving are two brothers, Jodie of Mt. Vernon and John, of Blurford.and four sisters, Mrs. Aline Gowler, of Paducah, Ky, Mrs. S.D. Gibson of Chenoa, Mrs. Nora Sanders of Mt. Vernon and Miss Larena Scrivner of Belle Rive. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Scrivner was a molder and a member of the Methodist Church and the American Legion.
["The Chenoa Clipper Times", 31 July 1947 - Sub. By: Gary L. Welch]


Edward Sellers
Edward Sellers, 78 Bluford Man Dies In Car, Train Crash
Edward S. Sellers, 78, of Bluford, was killed at 4:26 p.m. yesterday in a train-car collission at the Main street crossing of the Southern Railway Co. in Bluford. Mr. Sellers a retired employee of the Illinois Central Railroad, was fatally hurt when the east bound freight train struck his south bound car. Witnesses told officers that the signal lights were working at the crossing and that the train whistled as it approached. Mr. Sellers was pronounced dead on arrival at Good samaritan Hospital. L.P. Small, 60. of Route 2, Princeton, Ind., was engineer of the train and S.S. Crooks 55, of Princeton, was the conductor. Funeral arrangements were incomplete today. The body was taken to the Bluford Funeral Home.

Rites Saturday At Bluford For Edward Sellers
Funeral Services for Edward James sellers will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Bluford Funeral Home with the Rev, Frank Brookman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens at Mt. Vernon. The body will lie in state at the funeral home where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. today. Mr. Sellers, 78, of Bluford was killed at 4:30? p.m.Wednesday in a train-car collission at the Main Street crossing of the Southern Railway Co. in Bluford. He was born Nov. 11, 1889, at Versailles, Ill., the son of George and Carrie (Dunn) Sellers. On November 2, 1912, he was married to Nancy Ann Brown, who survives. He is also survived by a son, George Edward Sellers of Philadelphia, PA., two daughters, Mrs. Helen Nilges of Sunset Hill, Mo., and Mrs. Jacqueline Morris of Ottowa, Ill; a brother, Willie Sellers, Jacksonville, Ill.; a sister, Miss Mildred Sellers of Springfield, Ill..; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Sellers was a member of the Catholic Church in Jacksonville.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Jacque L. Sharpe
Jacque L. Sharpe, 67, of Mt. Vernon died Feb. 4, 2006, at her residence.
She was a caretaker for the elderly and also worked as a greeter for the Mt. Vernon Welcoming Center. Mrs. Sharpe was born Monday, June 27, 1938, in Mt. Vernon to Riley and Ruby (Caldwell) Johnson. She married Norman Sharpe Aug. 15, 1981, in Madison, Fla.; he preceded her in death May 8, 1986. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Addison Sharpe will officiate. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Sharpe is survived by a daughter, Kim Stoner and husband Clint of Plano, Texas; a son, Lon and Victoria Lowery of Carrollton, Texas; an aunt, Mary Williams of Mt. Vernon; and four grandchildren, Miles Stoner of Plano, Texas, Megan Stoner of Los Angeles, Calif., Aaron Lowery of Carrollton, Texas, and Nicole Parrish and husband Robert of Norman, Okla. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman Sharpe; and a brother, Paul Johnson. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for further information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2/7/2006
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Alva Glen Shehorn
The following is the handwritten obituary read at the funeral of my grandfather Alva Glen Shehorn. The spelling and punctuation is left as it appears on the paper. I have the original copy. A very dear possesion from my family treasures.


Thu. Aug 1, 1940
Obituary
Alva Shehorn was borned July 3, 1880 in Elk Prairie Ill. son of Mr and Mrs Marion Shehorn. His mother died and left Alva when a small boy. He was taken into the home of his Aunt Jane Kirk and raised. She being a good woman taught him the tings that has always helped him to be a good boy. As he grew to manhood he was a honest hard working man, I have known Alva since he was 10 years old. He work many summers for Clark and I. not one smuty or cuss word did I hear him say all during his stay at my home. he was far above the avrage man in this line. He was married to Miss gertie Roberson Oct 21 1906. To this union was borned five children. One died in infancy. A true husband a good father in every respect. Never heard him utter a cross word to his family. he gave his heart to God and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Master some 38 years ago. United with the Christian Church in Elk Prairie Ill. He lived the life here in our midst has written his own obituary, as he spen the entire life of 60 years and 28 days among us all. His children can rise up and call him blessed. Alva has been a great suffer, but his good wife a real jewel was always ready to do all she could to releave and comfort him. Always at his side when he kneeded her. rite at home not days or weeks but months. never grumbling. his children has been wonderful to stand by mother in doing all they could to make him comfortable. Melvin the old standby, words cannot tell half his value. half his goodness to his family. shurly God will have him a mansion made out of the good deed sent up by his faithfullness to his parents home siter and brothers. also to his church. most men his age seeke the pleasures of the Tavern life, while Melvin is a deacon of his church. couldn't be a bad boy and be the son of Alva and Gertie. Alva was a big hearted fellow. Both his wife's parents died in his home. July 10, 1940, my last visit to see him, He ask me to write his obituary when he was gone. i said, Alva how do you feel about the long journey just ahead of you. He said, Viola, It's alrite. i fixed it years ago. No dread at all. August 1, 1940 6:15 a.m. God called he left without a strugle. This closes the life book of Alva Shehorn. He has gon to rec'd the reward God had promised to all who love and serve Him. As he said good nite here It's good morning up there. He leaves a broken hearted wife, three sons, Melvin, arvol, Edward and one daughter Lula. One grandchild one sister Maud Shehorn Butler of Lincoln Ill and a host of friends.

Dady what a lonley place
we'll find when we get home;
We'll always be looking for you
Yet we know you will not come.
how oft we'll think of you
when nites are long and lone
and wonder when our time will come
to join you in your home
There to dwell for evermore
with God preat angel band,
and see our Savior face to face
and see his nail pierced hands.
It's hard to lay you in your grave
and leave this lonly place;
we hope to meet you some sweet day
by God's great help and grace.
from now until then
farewell Alva.
Viola Shaw, Ina, Ill.

Submitted By: Margaret "Shehorn" Marasco Cajungal3342@aol.com

Gertie Shehorn
Mrs. Gertie Shehorn Died Last Thursday. {Dec. 6, 1956]
Mrs. Gertie Ann Shehorn, residing a few miles west of Ina, died last Thursday at her home at the age of 71. She was the widow of Alva Shehorn.
She was born October 8, 1885, in Jefferson county, the daughter of Christopher Columbus Roberson and Emaline [Foster] Roberson. Surviving are three sons, Melvin of Ina, Orville of Mt. Vernon, and Edward of Decatur; one daughter, Miss Lula Shehorn at home; five grandchildren; one brother, Willie Roberson, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Rogers of Mt. Vernon. She was a member of the Elk Prairie Christian Church. Funeral services were held at 2 P.M. Saturday at the Elk Prairie Christian Church, conducted by Rev. John Nelson. Burial was at Abner cemetery.

Ina Observer Vol XXXXVIII No.33, December 1956
Submitted by: Margaret Ann Marasco Cajungal3342@aol.com


Jerry Lee Shehorn
Sandoval Boy Dies of Injuries
Sandoval--A Sandoval youth has died from injuries he received in a traffic mishap Sept. 21 {1979} Jerry {Lee} Shehorn, 16, of R.R.1, Sandoval, died Saturday evening at Firmin Desloge Hospital in St. Louis. He was involved in a collision with a second vehicle on Route 51 a mile south of Sandoval. State police said a vehicle driven by Otto Meire, 75, of Hoffman, hit the Shehorn vehicle in the side. no tickets were issued. The shehorn boy was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia and later transferred to St.Louis. He was a student at Sandoval High School and an employee of Fairview Car Wash in Centralia. Obituary information is elsewhere on this page:

Obituary: Jerry Shehorn
Sandoval--Jerry {Lee} Carter Shehorn, 16, of R.R. 1, Sandoval, died Saturday evening at Firmin Desloge Hospital in St. Louis from injuries he received in a traffic accident Sept. 21. We was born {July 2, 1963} in Mount Vernon, son of Melvin and Patricia Shehorn. Survivors include his mother Patricia Carter of Sandoval; {his father, Melvin L. Shehorn of Oregon} two brothers, Tad Carter and Robert Carter Shehorn, both at home. Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Winder of Mt. Vernon; {Mr. Arvol Shehorn and Bernadine Davis of Mt. Vernon} and great-grandmother, Ione Cross of Wickliffe, KY {and Mrs. Margaret Melton of Mt. Vernon} He was a Sandoval resident since 1967 and a student at Sandoval High School. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1 P.M. at Cox & Martin Funeral home in Sandoval with Rev. Harold Davenport officiating. Burial will be in Sandoval Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 P.M. today and until the funeral hour tomorrow.

Obit Source: Sandoval Newpaper with {inserts} by Margaret Marasco
Submitted by: Margaret Marasco * cajungal3342@aol.com
Relationship = Aunt
Date: Sept. 1979

Jerry Shehorn
Jerry Shehorn Dies Sunday of Gun Wound
Jerry Glen Shehorn, 23, of Route 3, Mt. Vernon, died at 2 A.M. Sunday at his home of a .22 caliber gunshot wound in the right temple, apparently self-inflicted. Coroner John Richardson said the body was not found for several hours after the shooting. Mr. Shehorn was born on Feb. 25, 1944, in Nason, the son of Arvol and Bernadine [Melton] Shehorn. In 1965 he was married to Linda Fields. A Navy veteran, he was employed as a maintenance man at Vernois, Inc. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 P. M. at Myers chapel, with Fr. James Burke officiating. burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Shehorn is survived by his wife, Linda; his parents Mrs, Bernadine Davis, and Arvol Shehorn, both of Mt. Vernon; one son, Jimmy Glen, at home; two daughters, Sherry and Peggy, both at home; a grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Melton, of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Leo Shehorn, Mt. Vernon; and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Rich, Joliet,IL. The coroner said this morning that he has not yet determined whether or not an inquest will be held.

Mt. Vernon Newspaper Monday May 29, 1972
Submitted by: Margaret Ann Marasco
Cajungal3342@aol.com

Lula Shehorn
Lula Shehorn of Ina Area Dies of Pneumonia.
Lula Emeline Shehorn, 38, of rural route 2, Ina, died at 3:45 a.m. Thursday at the Alton State Hospital of bronchial pneumonia. Miss Shehorn was born in Elk Prairie township June 28, 1918, the daughter of Alva and Gertie Ann [Roberson] Shehorn. Her funeral will be held Saturday at 2 P.M. at the Elk Prairie Christian Church of Nason, conducted by the Rev. John Nelson. Burial will be in Abner cemetery. The body will remain at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call. Surviving are three brothers, Melvin Shehorn of Ina, Orval Shehorn of Mt. Vernon, and Edward Shehorn of Decatur.

Mt. Vernon Register-News
Submitted by: Margaret Ann Marasco
Cajungal3342@aol.com


William Shelton
William Shelton Of Bonnie Died At Age 58 William Shelton, 58, Bonnie, a retired coal miner, died at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at his home. Mr. Shelton was born in Sumner Nov. 14, 1923, the son of Gale and Mary (Claspell) Shelton. On Aug. 22, 1953, in Mt. Vernon, he married Sylvia Bean, and she survives. Mr. Shelton was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Full Gospel Faith and the United Mine Workers of America. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fry-Frick Funeral Chapel in Waltonville with the Rev. David Mays officiating. Burial will follow in Rightnowar Cemetery north of Waltonville. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Michael Shelton of Ina and Steven Shelton of Bonnie; one daughter, Kristina Diane Shelton at home; two brothers David Shelton of Virden and Francis Murray of Cedar Lake, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Shelton was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.


Bertha Shepard
Bertha Shepard Of Waltonville Dies At Age 82
Mrs. Bertha Hall Shepard, 82, of Waltonville, died at 10:20 Friday at the Hickory Grove Manor Nursing Home.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Fry Funeral Chapel in Waltonville, with the Rev. Darrell Busby officiating. Burial will be in the Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville, where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. Mrs. Shepard was born January 15, 1887, in Jefferson county, the daughter of Henry C. and Sarah (Walker) Martin. In 1906, she was married to Walter Hall, who died in December, 1925. Her second husband also preceded her in death.Survivors include two sons, Ray Hall of Marion; two brothers, Harl Martin of Waltonville and Nelson Martin of Sesser; one sister, Mrs. Delphia Fairchilds of Secor, Ill.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Shepard was a member of the Church of Christ of Waltonville.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Harry W. Shields
Harry W. Shields 80, of Mt. Vernon died 10:10 a.m. Wednesday July 10, 2002, at his home. He was retired from Illinois Bell Telephone Company. Mr. Shields was born in Mt. Vernon on January 2, 1922, to Harry and Valeta (Patterson) Shields. He married Betty L. Whitlock on March 15, 1941, in Jackson Mo, she survives. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. friday at Logan Street Baptist Church. The Revs. J. R. Janese and Everett Lemay will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harry L. Shields and wife Sherry of Largo, Fla. and Larry R. Shields and wife Doris of Mt. Vernon: four grandchildren, James Glen Shields, Kristi K. Shields, Stephanie Green and husband Randy and Renee James, three great-grandchildren, Nikolas Konner Green, Victoria Rae Green and Hunter Shields, and two brothers, J. R. Shields and wife Phyllis of Mt. Vernon and Joe Frank Shields and wife Janice of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Shields was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church and the Elks Lodge of Mt. Vernon. This much-beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather enjoyed golf, fishing, Fighting Illini sports and Cubs Baseball. Mr. Shields was a former star athlete at Mt.Vernon Township High School where he was nicknamed "Hurrling Harry." He was preceded in death by his parents. For those who wish memorials may be made to Logan Street Baptist Day Care, Leukemia Foundation, American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral or mailed to Osborn Funeral Home, 322 North Main St., Dix, Illinois 62830

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves

Ida Shipley
Ida SHIPLEY Dies At 102; One Of Two Oldest Residents
28 Jan 1975 -- Mrs. Ida SHIPLEY, at age 102 and six months one of the two oldest residents of Jefferson county, was dead upon arrival at 11:35 p.m. yesterday at Good Samaritan Hospital. Mrs. SHIPLEY was horn on July 28, 1872 in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood of Jefferson county. Mrs. Sarah SUMMER, a resident of Hickory Grove Manor Nursing Home, was born the same day in the same neighborhood, and the two ladies remained friends throughout their lives. Mrs. SHIPLEY lived with her daughter, Mrs. Cora FLANNIGAN, at 900 Conger Ave., and in her later years occupied herself making quilts as a hobby, threading the needle herself. Ater injuring her hip some years ago, she walked with the aid of a walker. Mrs. SHIPLEY was married to Frank SHIPLEY, who preceded her in death. Three of her eight children, Mrs. FLANNIGAN, Arthur FRAZIER, of Plainfield, and Mrs. Beulah STOVER of Mt. Vernon, survive. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist church. Funeral arrangements were incomplete this morning. Submitted by Janice Staples


Sherman H. Shoemaker
Sherman H. Shoemaker, 91, of Brownsville Road, died at 7:35 a.m. Sunday at his home. He was a retired minister of the Church of the Brethern. He was a retired carpenter. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. William Pribble officiating. Burial will be in the Old Baptist cemetery. Friends may call at the Myers Chapel after 5 p.m. today.
He was born in Huntington county, Ind., on April 18, 1883, the son of Lewis A. and Elizabeth (Phillipi) Shoemaker. On June 23, 1909, he was married to Matilda Elizabeth Ragan, who died in 1962. Mr. Shoemaker is survived by three sons, Samuel of Lockport, Charles W. and Kenneth, both of Mt. Vernon; four daughters, Mrs. Cecil Carey, Mrs. Irene Peacock, Mrs. Ivalene Harlow, and Miss Beulah Shoemaker; all of Mt. Vernon; one brother Earl Shoemaker of Tamaroa; one sister, Oda Gordon of Iuka; one brother in law, W alker Ragan of Mt. Vernon; 16 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

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


Alfred Short
Death of Old Citizen Alfred Short Aged 87 Passed away Saturday Morning
The death of Alfred Short aged 87 occurred Saturday morning about six o'clock at the family residence seven miles northeast of this city. Mr. Short had been in poor health for some time and his death was not a surprise to his family. He was born in Clinton County and came to this county when a small boy settling near the place where he made his last home on earth. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Elizabeth Crowder of this city. To this union ten children were born, and those surviving are Mrs. J. W. Summers, Mrs. J. A. Lisenby, and J. W. Short. His second wife, who is still living, was Miss Amanda Rainey and they were blessed by seven children, six of whom are living; they are Alfred, Ernest, Homer, Eugene, Ada and Minnie Short. Mr. Short was a man of many note-worthy characteristics, a man who held his home and family above all earthly things and was always ready to do the best in his power for them. He was a soldier in the Civil war and a member of the 144 Illinois regiment. He shared the Methodist view of religion and was a member of that church. The funeral was held at the residence Monday morning followed by interment at the Atkinson cemetery.

DOD: 10 Dec 1904
Mt. Vernon Daily Register
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard * lorileona@excite.com
Relationship : GGG Granddaughter


Martha Maddox Short
Martha Maddox Short was born in Georgia Nov. 13, 1807, and lived in that state about six years, when she came with her parents to Illinois in 1813 and settled on a farm near Belleville. She was married to Thos. J. Short Feb. 2, 1825, in Clinton county near Carlyle. This union was blessed with eleven children, five boys and six girls, all of whom have proceeded her to the better world save Alfred, now 76 years old, and James W., with whom deceased was living at the time of her death. She professed a faith in Christ and joined the M.E. Church in 1827 and has ever since lived a devoted Christian life. She was converted at a camp meeting at Ridge campground conducted by Rev. Simeon Walker, one of the pioneer Methodist preachers. Sister Short was one among the oldest, if not the oldest, residents of our county. The writer and her former pastor, Rev. J.C. Kinison have often heard her relate stirring incidents of the camp meeting conducted by Peter Cartwright and Lorenzo Dow, also of the inconveniences of the county in its infancy. She moved with her husband to a farm in 1853, near where Uncle Alfred Short now lives. A the time there was no church in this part of the county, services being held in private houses. Her doors were often thrown wide open for the worship of God. She and her companion were instrumental in building the old log church, which stood one quarter of a mile south of Zion church. During the civil war, which brought sorrow to so many homes, she placed a husband and two sons upon the alter of her country, trusting in God for their safety and her prayers were answered by their safe return. After 44 years of sojourn together, God in his providence took from her the companion of her bosom. Her trouble in this life were great, having a husband and nine children precede her to the eternal home of the soul, yet, like Job of old, she was enabled to say, "The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the lord." Not withstanding her extreme age she possessed a strong memory, being able to converse very intelligently upon matters connected with the early history of the county. Her last thoughts were of her oldest son, asking the favor of God to rest upon him, her last words being, "The Lord bless you, Alfred." Her daughter-in-law, seeing her lips move, asked her what she wanted. She replied, "Oh, my blessed Savior." To her son, James, she, "I will soon be done suffering," then sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, Friday evening, Feb. 28, 1902. The funeral service was held at the residence, conducted by Rev. J.H. Davis. Internment at Atkinson cemetery Sunday, March 2, 1902

Newspaper article found in old family Bible
Submitted by: Curtis Gale Short
cgshort@comcast.net
Great, great, great grandson of Martha Short

Thomas Angus Short
Thomas A. Short dies at age 73; rites Wednesday.
Thomas Angus Short, of 2501 Casey Avenue, died at 11:10 p.m. Sunday in Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 73 years, one month and 23 days. Mr. Short, retired, was a former maintenance man at the Mt. Vernon Township High School. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Myers Chapel with the Rev. Everett Lemay officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Short was born Nov. 2, 1893, in Jefferson county, the son of Thomas B. and Jane (Garrison) Short. In 1921, at Covington, Ind., he was married to Nellie Prouse, who survives. He is also survived by three sons, Tommy Short of Richmond Heights, Mo., William L. Short of Hammond, Ind., and Robert Short of this city; two daughters, Mrs. Jennie Patterson and Mrs. Betsy Biggerstaff, both of Mt. Vernon; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mr. Short was a member of Park Avenue Baptist church.

27 December 1966
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard

Thomas Bennett Short
Thomas B. Short died of brain fever at his home in Webber Township nine miles northeast of Mt. Vernon at 5:30 yesterday afternoon, of brain fever after a brief illness. Deceased was about 50 years of age and was born and raised in this county. He was a devoted member of the M.E. church, with which he had been connected since boyhood. Deceased leaves a wife and six children. On Sunday he paid a visit to his mother, who lives in the neighborhood of his home, and seemed to be as well as usual. The funeral occurred at 3 o'clock this afternoon under the direction of Ed Fergerson. The interment was at Atkinson Cemetery.
(NOTE: Thomas was a son of Thomas Jefferson and Martha Elizabeth (Maddux) Short).

DOD: 14 Feb 1898
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard * lorileona@excite.com
relationship = GGG Grand niece


Carl Hugh Shurtz
Carl Hugh Shurtz, son of Andrew J. and Mary E. Shurtz was born December 6, 1886 and passed away November 2, years 10 months and 26 days. He was united in marriage with Georgia Fairchild. To this union were born 7 children, Roger F., U. S. Navy, Norfolk, VA, Dorothy Ferris, Lynchburg, VA., Max of Waltonville, Carlyn Hirons, Mt. Vernon, Andrew J., U. S. Navy, Memphis, Tenn., Charles R., Waltonville, Barbara Ann, Waltonville and 14 grandchildren.
Carl was one of 16 children, surviving are: Sarah, Etta, Mary, Francis, Menzo, Vada and Gemma. He was preceded in death by John, William, Dave, Arthur, Ann, Georgia, Carrie and Mary W. Early in life he was united with the Missionary Baptist Church. Carl was a prominent and life resident of Jefferson County where he became at an early age, and until his final day, a leader of his community. He will long be remembered for his diligent and devoted campaign to better educate the youth of this community. President of the School Board, Member Board of Supervisors, father, farmer, Woodman and Mason where in each he displayed those qualities which continued to place him a leader among men.

We wish to thank everyone who contributed in the least possible way to the comforting and the lessening of our sorrow during the illness and death of our loved one.
Mrs. Carl Shurtz And Family.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Mary Blanche Shurtz
Mary B. Shurtz Dies; Funeral At Waltonville
Mrs. Mary Blanche Shurtz, 77, of Waltonville, died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday in Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Waltonville Methodist church, of which she was a member, with the Rev. E. L. Gulley officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery at Sesser. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. At noon, Thursday, the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour. Mrs. Shurtz was born Nov. 4, 1890, in Jefferson county, the daughter of Vincent and Martha Emiline (Hartley) Hamilton. On Feb. 19, 1908, at Scheller, she was married to Henry Shurtz, who survives. She is also survived by a son, Wilbur Shurtz of Scheller; three daughters, Mrs. Roy Nichols of Scheller, Mrs. Theodore Stewart of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Claud Minor of Olney; three brothers, Hugh Hamilton of Chatsworth, Ill., Walter Hamilton of Waltonville, and Lawrence Hamilton of Scheller; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel McCowen and Mrs. Marion Newell, boht of Waltonville; 16 grandchildren; and 21 greatgrandchildren. Besides her parents, Mrs. Shurtz was preceded in death by two sons and a grandchild. She was a member of the Waltonville Royal Neighbors of American Lodge.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Roy A. Shurtz
Roy A. Shurtz Of Waltonville Dies At Age 52
Roy Arthur Shurtz, 52, of Waltonville, died at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at his home. He was a farmer and insurance agent. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist church in Waltonville, o f which he was a member, with the Rev. Tessie Minor and the Rev. T. A. Shaeffer officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery in Sesser. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville, where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. today. At noon Saturday the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour. Mr. Shurtz was born May 29, 1912, in Jefferson county, the son of Henry a. and Blanche (Hamilton) Shurtz. On September 22, 1933, he was married to Thelma Pitchford, who survives. On September 22, 1933, he was married to Thelma Pitchford, who survives. Other survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schurtz of Waltonville, one son, Ronald Ray Shurtz of Waltonville; two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Marie Disney of Cleveland, Tenn., and Mrs. Norma Lee Bourland of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Wilbur S. Shurtz of Waltonville; three sisters, Mrs. Roy Nichols and Mrs. Claude Minor, both of Waltonville, and Mrs. Theodore Stewart of Mt. Vernon, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. Mr. Shurtz was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford


William O. Shurtz
William O. Shurtz Dies At Age 78 Here On Monday
William O. Shurtz, 78, of Mt. Vernon, died at 5:22 a.m. Monday at the Mt. Vernon Tuberculosis Sanitarium. Funeral services will be held in the Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. today. Mr. Shurtz was a retired core driller. He was born May 1, 1890, in Jefferson county, the son of James and Sarah (Duffer) Shurtz. He is survived by one son, Dallas Shurtz, of Green Bay, Wis,; one daughter, Mrs. Marcella Cann; of Harvey, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. Grace Hodge, of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Clarence Gilbert Sigwerth
C. J. Sigwerth Dies Suddenly at Waltonville
(Cl)arence Gilbert Sigwerth, 58, died at 2:55 a.m. today at his home in Waltonville following an apparent heart attack. Mr. Sigwerth was employed by the Viking Freight Lines in Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville with the Rev. T. A. Shaffer officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Sigwerth was born Aug. 1, 1903, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of Joseph and Lora (Wagner) Sigwerth. On July 14, 1906 at Murphysboro, he was married to Martha Mattie Mannen, who survives. He is also survived by five sons, Charles and Robert Sigwerth of Joliet, Clarence, Jr. of Lockport, Ill., Urban Hugh and Darrell Clayton Sigwerth at home; a daughter, Mrs. Marryta Rainey of Willows, Calif.; a brother Victor Sigwerth of Sesser; two sisters, Miss Pearl Sigwerth and Mrs. Ethel Hodge of Nason, and four grandchildren. Mr. Sigwerth was a member of the Methodist church at Waltonville.

[Submitters Note: Marriage should be July 14, 1926]


John E. Sigwerth
John Sigwerth Of Mt. Vernon Dies At Age 64
Services for John E. Sigwerth, 64, 913 S. 24th., who died at 7:15 p.m. Monday at St. Louis University Hospital, will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Stanford officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Sigwerth was born Dec. 17, 1921, in Waltonville a son of Sid and Lizzie (Jury) Sigwerth. On March 13, 1947, in Mt. Vernon, he married Anne E. Newbury, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Randy Sigwerth at home, one brother, Sidney Sigwerth and his wife, Alverda, of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Dorothy) Coats of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Orpha Rector of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Carl (Katie) Kemp of Centralia; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Sigwerth was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Raymond, Charles and Arthur. The deceased had been employed at Egyptian Wholesale Florist in Centralia for the last 25 years. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Post 1376 in Mt. Vernon. He was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church.


C. G. Sigwerth
C. G. Sigwerth Dies Suddenly At Waltonville
Clarence Gilbert Sigwerth, 58, died at 2:55 a.m. today at his home in Waltonville following an apparent heart attack. Mr. Sigwerth was employed by the Viking Freight Lines in Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville with the Rev. T. A. Shaffer officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Sigwerth was born Aug. 1, 1903, in Oklahoma City, Okla. the son of Joseph and Lora (Wagner) Sigwerth. On July 14, 1906 at Murphysboro, he was married to Martha Mattie Mannen, who survives. He is also survived by five sons; Charles and Robert Sigwerth of Joliet, Clarence, Jr. of Lockport, Ill., Urban Hugh and Darrell Clayton Sigwerth at home; a daughter, Mrs. Maeryta Rainey of Willows, Calif.; a brother, Victor Sigwerth of Sesser; two sister, Miss Pearl Sigwerth and Mrs. Ethel Hodge of Nason; and four grandchildren. Mr. Sigwerth was a member of the Methodist church at Waltonville.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Sid Sigwerth
Sid Sigwerth died at 7:25 o'clock this morning at his home 1005 S. Sixth Street, at the age of 68 years, six months and 17 days. Mr. Sigwerth, a farmer most of his life, had been employed for the past four years at Hawkins Million Dollar Hen. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Woodlawn Baptist Church, with the Rev. Everett Apgar officiating, and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will remain at the family home, where friends may call at any time until the funeral hour. Mr. Sigwerth was born July 20, 1881 in Jefferson county, the son of John and Christina (Offill) Sigwerth. On December 25, 1904, he was married to Lizzie Jury, whio survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by four sons, Raymond of Woodlawn and Sidney, John and Charles of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Coates of Bonnie, Mrs. Orpha Rector of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Katie Kemp of Centralia. A sister Mrs. May Hall of Waltonville and six grandchildren. A son Arthur R. Sigwerth was killed October 1, 1944, during World War II, in New Guinea.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Harold Simmons
Harold Simmons, 83. of Dix died at 2:18 p.m. Dec. 10, 2002 at Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon. He was a farmer and had also been employed as a conervation officer with the Illinois Dept. of Conservation and is a retiree of Local 520 Operating Engineers. Mr. Simmons was born July 7, 1919, in Grand Prairie Township to Emmitt and Ida (Cameron) Simmons. He married Nora (Carpenter) Simmons April 12, 1935; she died Oct. 6, 1997. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Randy Sells will officiate. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Mr. Simmons is survived by one son, Larry Simmons of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister Berdella Skelcher and husband Cliff of Marion. He was a U.S. veteran of World War II. He was also a member of Boyd Christian Church. He was a member of the Local 520 Operating Engineers and of the Masonic Lodge No. 31 AF and AM of Mt. Vernon and was a past master of Masonic Lodge No. 721 AF and AM of Dix. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Leslie Wayne Simmons and a daughter-in-law, Nelda Simmons. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and will be received at the funeral home at any time. Osborn Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Mt. Vernon Register News, 12/11/02
Submitted by: Ida Reeves ida@mvn.net

Leslie Wayne Simmons
Leslie Wayne Simmons, 67, of Dix died on Monday morning Dec. 9, 2002, at his home. He was born on Mov. 10, 1935, in Boyd, son of Harold and Nora (Carpenter) Simmons. He is survived by his father of Dix: three sons, Jimmy Wayne Simmons of Savannah Ga., Leslie Wayne Simmons and wife Debra Kay of Dix and Ryan Dewayne Simmons of Ashley; a daughter, Tamara Lee Ince of Mt. Vernon; a brother Larry Simmons of Mt. Vernon and 20 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and by a sister-in-law, Nelda Simmons. Mr. Simmons was retired from Local 520, Operating Engineers. He was a member of Boyd Christian Church. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Lodge 31,A.F. & A.M. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with Bruce Hough officiating. Interment will be in Boyd Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association and will be received at the funeral home.

Morning Sentinal Mt. Vernon, 12-10-2002
Submitted by: Ida Reeves ida@mvn.net

Nora Simmons
Nora Simmons, 78, of Dix died 7:05 p.m. October 6, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. Mrs. Simmons was retired from the State of Illinois T.B. Sanitarium in Mt. Vernon. Born August 4, 1919, in Woodlawn, she was a daughter of John and Lena (Piercy) Carpenter. She was married in Mt. Vernon by Judge Morris DeWitt to Harold Simmons on April 12, 1935. He survives. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with Randy Sells officiating. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Simmons attended Boyd School and was a member of the Boyd Christian Church. In addition to her husband, survivers include two sons, Larry Simmons and Wayne Simmons, both of Mt. Vernon, six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Viola Tinsley, Ethel Meadows, and Evelyn Wray; and a brother Jim Carpenter.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves ida@mvn.net
Niece of the deceased

Nina Ruth Simon
SIMON, Nina Ruth - Of Flint, age 84, died Saturday, June 5, 1999 at her residence. Funeral service will be held at 11AM Friday, June 11, 1999 at Central Church of the Nazarene, 1261 West Bristol Road, Reverend Gavin Raath officiating. Burial in Crestwood Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Heart Association. Visitation 1-4 and 6-9PM Wednesday and Thursday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road. Mrs. Simon was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on February 15, 1915, the daughter of John and Ina (Leonard) Redburn and was a resident of the Flint area all of her life. She married Dale C. Simon on December 14, 1935 in Holly and he preceded her in death in October, 1972. Mrs. Simon was a very active church member for over 60 years at the Central Church of the Nazarene. She was organist and pianist at the church, a member of the choir, Missionary Society, a Sunday school teacher and a Board member for many years. She loved to sew, cook and enjoyed gardening. Later in life she enjoyed her quiet time at home. Surviving are her son, Gareth (Gary) and wife Lenn Simon of Corunna; daughter, Cheryl and husband Charles Fay of Zephyrhills, Florida; grandchildren, Gregory and wife Tamara Simon, Lynette and husband Blayne Herriman, Gennifer Simon, Tredd W. and wife Christi Morris, Tadd W. Morris, Amme Raleigh, Timothy and wife Shelley Fay, Tracey Morrow, Charles Fay, Curt Fay and Dale Fay; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sister, Edith Anthony and brother, Leonard Reburn. She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Art Redburn and sister, Lucille Hobson.

The Flint Journal (MI)
Date: June 9, 1999
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Hazel B. Sledge
Hazel B. Sledge, 95, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 11:58 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon. She was born in Jefferson County on May 25, 1913, a daughter of Hardin and Belle (McCord) Williams. She was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. today at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with the Rev. Dannie Bowling officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. till 1. p.m. service time today at the funeral home. Hazel is survived by a son, Charles Burke of Hammond, Ind.; step-daughters, Teddy Sauls of Mt. Vernon, Lois Greenwalt of Wayne City; Wanda Bowling of Fredricktown, Mo., Dorris Smith of Keenes and Millie Altman of Eusala, Ala.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special granddaughter, Vickie Sauls of Mt. Vernon.

Mattie E. Sledge
Mrs. Mattie E. Sledge of Route 7, Mt. Vernon, died Sunday morning at 8:10 o'clock in Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 67 years, 11 months, and 20 days of age. She was a life long resient of this community.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, June 17, at two o'clock in ihe Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The Reverend Ross Partridge will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix where friends may call at any time.
Mrs. Sledge was born in Mt. Vernon, on June 25, 1890, the daughter of Andrew and Samantha (McMeen) Riley. On April 12, 1917, she married G. E. Sledge, who survives. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Survivors other than her husband include three sons, Dee L. Sledge, Walter Ray Sledge, and Bobby G. Sledge, all of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Elmer Riiey of Dix: one sister, Mrs. Mary McMillan of Mt. Vernon; and five grandchildren. Mrs. Sledge was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Tr. by K.T.


Alva Smart
Former Dix Woman Dies in Mount Vernon
Dix. Dec 22.— Mrs. N. W. Osborn received the sad news Friday afternoon of the death of her sister Mrs. Alva Smart, of Mt. Vernon. While she had been in poor health for some time, death is always a shock to those who love them best.
Mrs. Smart was the daughter of John and Mary Riley of Texico and hail many relatives and friends in this vicinity who express their sympathy for the bereaved family. Besides her parents, she leaves a husband and one Infant daughter, and a number of brothers and sisters. The body was brought from Mt. Vernon to the home of Mr. and Mrs. N.W. Osborn Saturday afternoon and kept until the funeral hour. Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Pleasant Hill church, which was conducted by Rev. A. L. Smith, after which the body was taken to the IOOF cemetery at Woodlawn for burial. There was a very large crowd attended the services.

["1925" handwritten on the clipping]
Submitted by Paul Anderson, Tr. by K.T.

Georgia Masters Smith
Former Resident Dies at Lincoln
WAYNE CITY. Ill., Mar. 16.— Georgia Marie Smith, an employe at Lincoln State Hospital in Lincoln, Ill., died at 3 p. m. yesterday (March 15, 1950) in the hospital of pneumonia. She was 25 years of age. Mrs. Smith was born at Dix to Raymond M. and Alice (Hardyman) Masters December 27, 1924. On December 19, 1945 she was united in marriage to Everett Smith by the Rev. Marsh Harpole in Mt. Vernon. Surviving are her husband and parents, four brothers, Lowell of Texico. Alvin of Mt. Vernon, Ray and Roy of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Irma Brown of Mt. Vernon and Margy Elliston of Waltonville. Mrs. Smith is a former Mt. Vernon resident and was employed by the International Shoe Company.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at Comb's Chapel in Wayne City and will be conducted by the Rev.Marsh Harpole

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Tr. by K.T.


Marlin Kent Smith
Marlin Kent Smith Of Mt. Vernon Died At Birth
Graveside services for Marlin Kent Smith, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Smith, Jr., of 734 Fairfield Road, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at South Hickory Hill cemetery. The baby was born dead at 2:43 a.m. today at Good Samaritan Hospital. Besides the parents, John E. Jr., and Wanda (Wilson) Smith, the infant is survived by the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Smith, Sr., of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Velma Wilson of Bonnie and the great-grandmother, Mrs. Alfa Koontz of Fairfield.


Delia Smith
Aged woman passed away Friday at home near Mt Vernon
Mrs Delia SMITH, mother of Mrs Frank SHIPLEY,passed away Friday, May21,1926 at her home near Walnut Hill.She was born Jan. 1 1836 and when death claimed her was 90 yrs, 4mths, 20 days of age. She was married to Cest OWENS in 1847.To this union were born five children. Four have preceded her in death and one remaining to mourn the loss of her mother. She was again married to James SMITH and surviving her are the one child, four stepgrandchildren, ten grandchildren, and number of great grandchildren.She was a loving mother and kind neighbor and was held in high esteem. Funeral services were conducted on Sat, May 22 at Pleasant Hill, in charge is Rev.SMITH of Dix

Submitted by: Janice Staples


Homer Smith Jr
Homer R. Smith Jr. 77, of Ashley died at 11:20 p.m. Monday, August 20, 2001, at St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born on Jan. 16, 1924, in Jefferson County, son of Homer R. Sr. and Theodora (Walker) Smith. He married Louise A. Germann on July 1, 1943, in St. Louis and she survives. In addition to his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by one son, Pastor Tom Smith of Ashley; two daughters, Sheila Maher of Carrollton, Texas, and Darla Wexstten of Mt. Vernon; one sister Maxine Reid of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Mr. Smith was a retired farmer. He was a member of First Community Church and American Legion Post 141 in Mt. Vernon. He was a School Board member for several years at Woodlawn High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Services willbe held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Community Church with Bill Waller and Pastor Bob Mathes officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until noon on Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home, then from 1 p.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church. A military flag presentation will be held by the chaplain of American Legion Post 141 in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the First Community Church building fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

10-10-2004 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves


Betty Sue Southerd
Betty Sue Southerd, 65, of Mt. Vernon died 5:50 p.m. Aug. 20, 2005, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was a breakfast cook at Holiday Inn for 28 1/2 years. Mrs. Southerd was born March 29, 1940, in Mt. Vernon to John W. and Ethel Maude (Carpenter) Meadows. She married Gale Southerd June 1, 1978, in Mt. Vernon; he survives. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Richard Pierce will officiate. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Osborn Funeral home in Dix. Mrs. Southerd is survived by her husband, Gale Southerd of Mt. Vernon; a son Billy Beckham and wife Crystal of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Sue Cox and husband Harold of Mt. Vernon; two stepdaughters, Sharon Thomas and husband Bob of Mt. Vernon and Carol Riggs and husband Mike of Centralia; grandchildren Heather and Matt Arnett, Alisa Cox, Amanda Thomas, Charity Thomas, Christopher and Kristy Riggs and Blase Beckham, all of Mt. Vernon, Cassandra and Michael Caldwell of Denver, Colo., Phillip and Cindi Thomas of Missouri, Michael Riggs of Centralia and Mark Riggs of Centralia; great-grandchildren Keira Arnett of Mt. Vernon,Christopher and Shelby Riggs of Kankakee, Sumer Riggs of Mt. Vernon, Meranda, Blyke and Kassi Riggs, all of Mt. Vernon, and Kelsey, Amelia and Jessica Thomas, all of Missouri; sisters Shirley Anderson and husband Mike of Memphis Tenn., Sharion Johnson and husband Jerry of Woodlawn, Ida Reeves of Mt. Vernon, Vera Hayes and husband Rick of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Henry Meadows; a stepbrother Edward Tate; and three sisters, Rita Meadows, Nancy Meadows and Elizabeth Meadows. Mrs. Southerd attended Ebenezer and Rome Grade Schools. She was of the Baptist faith. Memorials may be made to Relay For Life and will be received at the funeral home at any time. For more information, you may contact Osborn Funeral Home at 266-7231.

Aug. 22, 2005 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves * ida1949@charter.net
Relationship: Sister


T. S. "Triad" Staley
T. S. "Triad" Staley, a retired farmer, died at 12:30 a.m. today at his home in Dix. He was 81 years, four months and ten days of age. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Baptist church, with the Rev. Ross Partridge and the Rev. Gerald Fox officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill cemetery. The body will remain at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. where friends mav call at any time after 2:00 p.m. Friday. Mr. Staley was born March 21, 1871, the son of William and Martha (Underwood) Staley. He was first married to Minnie Brookman, who preceded him in death April 28, 1936. He was later married to Mrs. Dora Tackett, who survives. Mr. Staley was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist church. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Roy and Orie Staley of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mrs. Beulah Thompson of Rock Falls, Ill. and Mrs. Myrtle Lane of Bluford: 23 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Gertie Brown, preceded him in death last year.

Sub. by Paul Anderson, Tr. by K.T.



Mildred Marie Staley
Mildred Marie “Millie” Staley, 75, of Mt. Vernon,
died 3 p.m. Jan. 18, 2007, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was born on May 6, 1931, in Mendota, to Mason Meador & Opal (Fields) Meador. She married Harry E. “Dick” Staley on Oct. 22, 1949, in Jefferson County. Millie worked in the Bakery Department at Country Fair Grocery in Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Rev. Richard McCormick will officiate. Burial will be at East Salem Cemetery in Jefferson County. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Millie is survived by her husband Harry E. “Dick” Staley of Mt. Vernon; son Michael D. Staley and special friend Carolyn Herriman of Mt. Vernon; daughters Cynthia Dawn Hall and husband Boyd of Mt. Vernon, Edith S. Buchanan of Mt. Vernon, Shelia D. Bowdler of Belle Rive, and Michelle L. Baumgarte and husband Clint of Benton; grandchildren Shawn Staley, Dustin Buchanan, Ashli Gay, Candice Bowdler, Drew Bowdler, Emma Karrick and Reid Baumgarte; great grandchildren: Dacoda “Cody” Staley and Katlyn Staley; brothers Robert Meador of Mesa, Ariz., and Ronald Meador of Seymore; several nieces and nephews also survive. Her parents, brother Joe Meador and sister Dorothy Rodgers preceded her in death. Millie was a member of East Salem Baptist Church and a member of the Friendship Club at the church for over 50 years. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 618-242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: January 20, 2007
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Nellie R. Russell Stewart
Nellie R. Stewart, 105, a resident of Jeffersonian Nursing Home and a former resident of 209 S. Sixth St., died 6:45 p.m. Nov. 15, 1988, at the nursing home. Mrs. Stewart was born June 10, 1883, in Jefferson County, a daughter of John and Martha (Mathus) Russell, Dec. 26, 1901, in St. Louis, she married William F. Stewart, who died June 29, 1952. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Buss Hart officiating. Burial will follow in Atkinson Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m today at the funeral home. Mrs. Stewart is survived by several nieces and nephews including: Robert M. Russell and Carlton E. Russell, both of Mt. Vernon, Raymond Russell of Dixon, Maurine Sechrest of Mazon and Florence Watkins of Princeton, IN. Mrs. Stewart was a member of East Side Baptist Church and a charter member of the Sunshine Center. Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one son, Russell; two brothers; and one sister.

Obit Source Mt. Vernon newspaper
Submitted by: LaDonna Blevins * blevins69@comcast.net
Relationship = gg aunt
Date Nov 1988


William F. Stewart
WM. F. STEWART KILLED BY BULL AT FARM HOME
Tragedy Occurs Yesterday Afternoon on Webber Township Farm
William F. Stewart, 72, was killed at 2:30 p.m. yesterday by a bull at his farm home in the Harmony neighborhood, northeast of Mt. Vernon on RFD 7-A, Webber township. The tragedy occurred while Mr. Stewart and his wife, Nellie, were cutting hay. They noticed that the cattle were out of their pasture and started to drive them back. At an inquiry conducted by Coroner Ben Roeder this morning, Mrs. Stewart said she heard her husband call for help and that when she found him the bull had him down. She said the bull picked him up with his head and horns and threw him down. Authorities said the bull carried and butted Mr. Stewart across a field for more than 100 yards, leaving his body on the bank of a creek. Mrs. Stewart ran for aid. Her husband was dead before help arrived. Coroner Roeder returned a verdict of accidental death.
SEND BULL TO SLAUGHTERHOUSE
The bull was loaded into a truck last night and delivered to the slaughterhouse at National Stockyards. Mr. Stewart was born February 1, 1880 in Jefferson County, the son of William and Fredonia (Clifton) Stewart. He was a lifetime resident of Jefferson County. He was married December 26, 1901 in St. Louis, to Nellie Russell who survives. Mr. Stewart was a veteran of the Spanish American War, serving in Co.L 30th Illinois Volunteers. He was a farmer and also worked in the wood erect shop at the Mt. Vernon car company. He was a member of Eben Swift Post, Spanish American War Veterans. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. Bird Green officiating and burial will be in Atkinson cemetery. Military rites will be in charge of the American Legion. The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 2:00 P.M. Wednesday. Besides his wife, he is survived by a brother, Charles Stewart of Mt. Vernon and a sister, Mrs. Ida Ward of Wayne county. He was preceded in death by a son, William Russell Stewart, and an infant daughter.

Obit Source Mt. Vernon newspaper
Submitted by: LaDonna Blevins * blevins69@comcast.net
Relationship = gg uncle
Date June 18, 1952


Opal Stoddard
Mrs. Stoddard
The condition of G. W. Fairchild, who was seriously injured when his team ran away Sunday afternoon, is reported slightly improved. Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild were coming to Waltonville to attend the funeral of Mrs. Stoddard when the accident occured near the home of Cleo Dycus, northwest of town. After Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild were thrown from their buggy the team ran for a considerable distance and collided with Arthur Baldridge's buggy which was occupied by Mr. Baldridge and Fred Von Holt. It is considered very fortunate that Mrs. Fairchild and Messrs. Baldridge and Von Holt did not receive serious injuries also. The many relatives and friends of Mr. Fairchild, who is one of the leading citizens of this community hope for his speedy recovery. Mr. Fairchild is at the home of his niece, Mrs. Cleo Dycus, his injuries being too serious to allow him to be removed to his home. This community was shocked Thursday to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Chas. B. Gilbert had received a message stating that their only daughter, Mrs. Opal Stoddard, wife of Rev. George W. Stoddard of Decatur, was near death. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert accompanied by their son, Alva Gilbert and wife, Departed immediately for Decatur. The death of Mrs. Stoddard occurred at 6 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Stoddard grew to young womanhood here. While attending Ewing College, where she specialized in music, she met Rev. Stoddard, who wsa preparing for the ministry. Since their marriage Rev. and Mrs. Stoddard have resided in northern and central illinois. Mrs. Stoddard was held in deepest affection by all who knew her. The beautiful christian life which she lived was a worthy example for all to imitate. She is survived by her husband, Rev. George W. Stoddard, one son, Gilbert Wells Stoddard, and one daughter, Miss Selma Stoddard of Decatur, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Gilbert and one brother, Alva S. Gilbert of Waltonville, also two nieces, Mrs. Julius Baker of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Julius Baker of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Maxey Holloway of Waltonville and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Waltonville M. E. church Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. B. Morris, pastor of that First Baptist church of Mt. Vernon, who is a close friend of the Stoddard family. The entire service was very impressive. Beautiful musical numbers were furnished by Ray Chambers, W. ?. Foreman, Mrs. D. E. Hicks and Mrs. McConnell Hirons with Mrs. C. E. Gilliland, accompanist. the floral tributes were profuse and very beautiful. Internment occurred in Knob Prairie cemetery.
Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Mary Lou Stolleis
Mary Louise "Mary Lou" Stolleis, of Springfield and formerly of Raymond and Sesser died 12:30 pm Feb 16, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield.
She was a retired legal secretary.
Mrs. Stolleis was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Marion to John and Anges Amelia (Walker) Batts. She married Carl H. Stolleis Sept. 9, 1971, in Mt. Vernon; he survives.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm today at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with services following at 7pm. The Rev. Dan Williams will officiate.
A visitation will also be held from 5 to 7 pm Thursday at Hough Funeral Home in Raymond. A service will be held 10 am Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel. Clifford Adair and Darrell Debowey will officiate. Graveside services will be held 1 pm Friday at Roselawn Cemetery in Springfield. Mrs. Stolleis is survived by her husband, Carl H. Stolleis of Springfield; three step sons, Michael of Pleasant Plains, Patrick and wife Carolyn of Bradforton and Thomas of Springfield; a step daughter, Stacey DiFucci of Springfield; seven step-grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; a sister, Jane of Lafayette, Ind., wife of the late Dr. Barton Bridge, a brother, John Batts of Billings, Mont.; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
For more information you may contact Hough Funeral Home, 512 East Broadway, Raymond, IL 62560 (217)229-4219

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: 18 Feb 2004
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson



Lizzie (Hart) Stratton
Lizzie (Hart) Stratton, 90, of Mt. Vernon died 12:22 a.m. Dec. 4, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born June 2, 1914, in Enfield to Charles and Martha (Whipple) Hart. She is widowed. Mrs. Stratton was retired from the phone communications department with Western Electric. Services are set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Enfield Cemetery in Enfield. Those attending the graveside services are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Tuesday. The Rev. Everett Lemay will officiate. Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery in Enfield. Visitation is set for 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Survivors include daughters Neawana Jeanne Baldwin of Waltonville, Diana Kaye Smith of Waltonville and Delores Faye Hatley and husband Claude of Texico; sons Donald Joe Veatch and wife Laura Lou of Texico and William Burton "Bill" Hargrove of Mt. Vernon; 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Shirley Mae Ford; brothers Herchel Hart, Bert Hart, Charles Hart, Earl Hart and Carl Ralph Hart; and sisters Hattie Belva, Minerva Hanes and Lucy Chappel. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 618-242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 12-8-2004
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Daniel M. Strickland

Daniel M. Strickland, of Waltonville, died at 2:00 a.m. Sunday at Alton State Hospital, where he had been a patient for two weeks.Mr. Strickland, a retired farmer, was 90 years, ten months and 25 days old. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville. The Rev. Robert Freytag will officiate and burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery at Waltonville. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funderal Home, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. today. Mr. Strickland was born in Jefferson county November 21, 1870, the son of William S. and Martha M. (Ward) Strickland. He was married December 1, 1897 to Rosa R. Foreman, who preceded him in death. He is survived by one son, Stacy C. of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth McCowen of Waltonville; five grandchildren and one great grandchildren; two brothers, Marion of Mt. Vernon and Harry of Pickneyville; and one sister, Mrs. Lau? Rice of Gooding, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Rosa R. Strickland
Wife of D. M. Strickland Dies
Rosa R. Strickland, wife of D.M. Strickland, died at 4:50 p.m. Monday at the family home, 1624 Forest Avenue at the age of 70 years six months and ten days. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Universalist church in Waltonville at 1:30 p.m. with Dr. R. B. Guthrie officiating. Burial will follow at Knob Prairie cemetery. Mrs. Strickland was born March 22, 1874 in Waltonville, to Henry C. and Mary E. (Gilbert) Foreman. She was married to D. M. Srickland December 1, 1897. Surviving are her husband, a son, Sgt. Stacy C. Strickland of Fort Bliss, Texas, a daughter, Mrs. Ruth McCowen of Waltonville, a brother, W. E. Foreman, and a sister, Mrs. Cora Hartley of Waltonville and four grandchildren. The body will remain at Myers chapel until funeral hour and will be taken directly to the church.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Evan S. Sulcer
Evan S. Sulcer was the eldest son of James and Almeda (Reynolds) Sulcer, one of the early pioneer families of Jefferson County, Illinois. He was born December 3, 1875, and passed peacefully to the "great beyond" at the family home in Waltonville, Ill., June 8, 1944, at the age of 68 years, six months and five days. He was united in marriage to Cora B. Benthall October 4, 1903, and to this union were born two children, namely Mrs. Russel Elliston, and Wayman Sulcer, both of Waltonville, and Mrs. Lucille Dullea of Sherman Oaks, Calif., a daughter by a former marriage, also survives, and visited her father about a month this winter, which was a great comfort to him in his last sickness. Six grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a dear grandfather. He also leaves two brothers, Guy, and Stanton Sulcer, of Waltonville, and a sister, Mrs. Ina Stephenson of Sesser, Ill. About 30 years ago, Mr. Sulcer was converted at a revival being conducted at Free Will Baptist church under the pastorate of Rev. Riley Burton. He and his wife were baptized at the same time. At the end of the trail we find a sudden termination of seemingly endless ties of friendship. We see from unseeing eyes of the soul a sunset-the sun going behind a cloud. Yea! A cloud, not of regret or remorse, but of memories, passing through life's vale of tears, through life's greatest sacrifice, our eyes are dimmed, a shadow steals across the portals, the glorious sunlight--sunlight of health, vim and vigor, glamour, and vitality, apparently is excluded from our lives in this present crisis. But, after awhile--how long? After awhile, dear friend, the sun, the great comforter, bursts forth again in splendor, bringing the awakening dawn, the gentle rain and roses, and forgetfulness. Yes the inevitable sends forth a merciful slowly, very slowly enacting wave of forgetfulness. Finally, eventually these ever fleeting moments of remorse, and tears, pass on into realms of sunlight, and faith, and love, and we begin a new cycle of life. It must be that way. He ws a highly respected and successful farmer, and lived all his active life on a farm and a few years ago he moved to Waltonville but visited his farm almost daily as long as his health permitted. Mr. Sulcer was never too busy to entertain a friend in his home and no man delighted more in the visit of one of these friends. Words cannot depict the love and devotion of his beloved wife, constantly at his bedside during his days of illness, as she was always with him in thought, in his daily work and life and now the way of parting has' come and we are sad and lonely because he has been called to come up higher. His life will prove an inspiration to his children, grandchildren and his friends will ever cherish his memory. Only pleasant memories will stir their hearts, while tears dim their eyes and they dwell in loving remembrance on the many associations of years ended in what we call death. We bow to a great sorrow and that our words can express. With all faith in God we simply say farewell, Father, until we come into the morning of mornings of that great day of rest. "Tis hard to break the under cord, When love has bound the heart: Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words, We must forever part. "Yet, again we know, we shall meet thee, when love has bound the heart: And in Heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell tears are shed."

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Larry Dale Sumner
Larry Dale Sumner, 60, of Texico, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at his home. He was born in Eldorado on Oct. 8, 1947, a son of Leuty' Gene Sumner and Sarah Eleanor Hamblin. He married Mary Rector on Dec. 7, 1968, at New Hope (Webb) Baptist Church, and she survives in Texico. He retired from General Tire after 31 1/2 years of service. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with Allen Smith and Buck Larson officiating. Burial followed at Harmony Cemetery. In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by daughters, Lisa Tindall of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kimberly Bates and husband Scott of Benton; grandchildren, Wyatt and Kacy of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Deryck and Ryleigh of Benton; five meces and nephews; and a sister, Rita Delatore and husband Ray of Texico. He was preceded in death by his parents. Larry graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1965 and was a veteran of the u.S. Army. He enjoyed "inission trips with Carpenters for Christ and was a member of New Hope (Webb) Baptist Church. He was a member of the Goldwing Road Riders Association and Christian Motorcycle Association. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Carpenters for Christ and will be accepted at Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, IL 62830.

Jim Sweet
Jim Sweet Former minister, longtime teacher
Jim Sweet, a former minister and educator, died Tuesday (Aug. 21, 2007) after a long illness at Belleville Memorial Hospital. He was 78 and lived in Coulterville, Ill. Mr. Sweet grew up in Coulterville and graduated from high school there. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the early 1950s. Mr. Sweet married Audrey Smith of Mount Vernon, Ill., in 1948. She died in 1994. For almost 20 years, Mr. Sweet served as a Methodist minister. He attended several colleges, including McKendree College in Lebanon, to obtain his pastoral training. During the late 1940s, Mr. Sweet preached in Jefferson and Macoupin counties in Illinois. Mr. Sweet then turned to teaching. He taught for more than 20 years in Alton and with the St. Louis Public Schools. He retired in 1992. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Church of Christ, 1400 Troy Road, Troy, Ill. A private burial will follow at Coulterville Cemetery. Among the survivors are four sons, Bill Sweet of Coulterville, John Sweet of Maryville, and Bjorn Loftis and Gus Loftis, both of St. Louis; four daughters, Donna Neil of Cocolalla, Idaho, Lily Hoskin of Coulterville, Teresa Orto of Manassas, Va., and Jana Loftis of St. Louis; a sister, Marie Lehr of Coulterville; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Date: August 26, 2007
Submitted by Cindy Ford


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