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Bessie Lee McLaughlin Brooks-Wakefield
LOMPOC, CALIFORNIA; Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. February 14, 1972 for Bessie Lee Wakefield, at the McPeek Family Mortuary Chapel, Lompoc, CA. She died February 10 in Santa Barbara, CA., following an extended illness. Buriel was in Arroyo Grande cemetery, Arroyo Grande, CA. Mrs. Wakefield was born in Mt Vernon February 1, 1885, the daughter of Hiram and Elizabeth Ames McLaughlin. She had resided in Lompoc for the past 68 years. Her home address was 517 North D Street. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for 50 years and the Companions of the Forest for 48 years. Survivors include her husband Claude; a son, Ernest Hiram Brooks of Santa Barbara; four daughters, Mrs. Laura Genardini and Mrs. Ide Mae Fisher, both of Goleta, CA., Mrs. Evelyn Bernice Hughes of Orcutt, CA. and Mrs. Irene Elizabeth Nunes of Idaho Falls, Idaho, 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Officiating at the sevice was Rev. Kenneth Boyd of the First Presbyterian church.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: Feb. 25, 1972
Submitted by: Geraldine Hughes Brown
Relationship: Granddaughter



Bernard G. Ward
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kell Baptist church for Sgt. Bernard G. Ward, infantryman killed in France. His body will arrive at Kell Wednesday morning. Sgt. Ward was the son of Elder and Mrs. J. A. Ward of 805 S. 20th st., Mt. Vernon. He was born June 22, 1921 at Kell and joined the Kell Baptist church in 1930. He was inducted into service, September 10, 1942 and was serving as a member of the 77th Infantry division when killed by shell fragments near LeMay, France, on August 20, 1944. In addition to the parents Sgt. Ward is survived by two brothers, Fred of Jacksonville, Fla., and Wayne of Odin and one sister, Mrs. Naomi Johnson of Odin.
The services will be conducted by Rev. John B. Mauldlng of Dix assisted by Rev. Ross Partridge, pastor of the Kell church. Burial will be at Countyline cemetery. Members of the Salem Amvets post will act as pall bearers and color guards.

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


Hattie B. Ward
Hattie B. Ward, 68, Dies at Home North of Dix
Hattie B. Ward, wife of John C. Ward, died at her home two miles north of Dix at 10:45 o'clock last night, just one day after observing her 68th birthday. Funeral services will be held at Pleasant Hill church south of Dix at 11 a. m. Monday, conducted by the Reverend A. L. Smith, and burial will be in Zion Grove cemetery, which is situated on the county line two miles north of Dix. The body will remain at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix until 7 p. m. today, then will be taken to the family home, where friends may call at any time up to the funeral hour. Mrs. Ward was the daughter of James Leuty and Jane McConnell Leuty. She had been a member of the Pleasant Hill church for over 40 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by four daughters. Mrs. Cora Belle Dobbs, Mrs. Vina Jane Wimberly and Mrs. Mildred Mae Eiler, all of Dix, and Mrs. Carrie Ellen Freeman of Vandalia; and four sons, Maurice L. Ward of Tamaroa, Robert L. Ward of Benton Harbor, Mich., James H. Ward of Indianapolis, Ind., and John R. Ward of Dix.

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


John C Ward
John C Ward, a retired farmer, died at 6:30 p. m. Monday at his home north of Dix. His age was 87 years and seven days. Funeral services, with Masonic rites, will be held Thursday at 2:00 p. m. at the Pleasant Hill Baptist church, with the Rev. Cyrus Maulding and the Rev. Ross Davidson officiating. Burial Will be in Zion Grove cemetery. The body will remain at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. where friends may call at any time after 6:00 p. m. today.
Mr. Ward was born February 6, l864 in Tennessee, the son of James H. and Lavina (Williams) Ward. He was married to Hattie B. Leuty, who preceded him in death February 14, 1941. Mr. Ward was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist church and Rome Lodge No. 721. A.F. and A.M. He is survived by four sons, John R. of Dix, Maurice L. of Tamaroa, Letcher of Benton Harbor, Mich, and James H. of Indianapolis: four daughters, Mrs. Cora Dobbs of Centrail, Mrs. Carrie Freeman and Mrs. Vina Wimberly of Kell and Mrs. Mildred Eiler of Mt. Vernon; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

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



Wayne Franklin Ward -- awaiting transcription
William H. Ward -- awaiting transcription



Dorothy Warren
Mt. Vernon: Dorothy D. WARREN, 86, 222 N. Eighth St., died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born Dec. 5, 1898, in Jefferson County, a daughter of William Brady and Nettie (LACEY) PHILLIPS. She married Fred WILLIAMS in St. Louis, Mo., who died in World War I. She later married Arthur WARREN on Oct. 23, 1923 in Mt. Vernon. He died June 19, 1949. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with Monsignor James P. BURKE officiating. Friends may call at the Hughey Funeral Home after 6 p.m. today and until 10 a.m. Saturday. Those attending the graveside services are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Marion (Shirley) WATKINSON of Mt. Vernon; one son, William D. WARREN of Los Angeles; one stepson, Wheeler WARREN of Bellevue, Wash.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Fredelee WILLIAMS, one stepson, Howard WARREN, five sisters and two brothers. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, 16 Aug 1985
Submitted by: Cindy Ford



James Warren
Bluford -- James Clyde WARREN, 66, Bluford, died 5 a.m. July 28 1990, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. Mr. WARREN taught school for 24 years until retiring from Ritenour School District in Overland, Mo. Following his retirement, he was a substitute teacher at Mt. Vernon Township and Woodlawn high schools. He was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Bluford, a son of Clyde N. and Mae (ROBERTSON) WARREN. June 23, 1968, he married Sarah E. FINFROCK, who survives. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Rosemary HARRIS officiating. Burial will follow in Union Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In addition to his wife, Mr. WARREN is survived by one son, Louis James WARREN of Bluford; one daughter, Mrs. Stephen (Debbie) STUMBAUGH of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, John WARREN and wife, Janet, of Nampa, Idaho; two sisters, Margie HESS of Wayne City and Mrs. Harvey (Irene) LOVIN of Bluford; one uncle, Lawrence WARREN and wife, Josephine, of La Grande, Ore.; two aunts, Belle WARREN of Mt. Vernon and Iva ROBERTSON of Cudahy, Calif.; one grandson, Jesse STUMBAUGH; and several nephews, nieces and cousins. Mr. WARREN received a bachelor's from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and a master's in education from the University of Illinois. He attended Bluford Grade and High schools. Mr. WARREN was a World War II veteran of the Army Medical Corps, 63rd Division, and a member of the 63rd Division Association and American Legion. He was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church and Jefferson County Historical Society. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Register-News, Mt. Vernon, IL, Sat 28 July 1990
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Sarah Warren
Altamont -- Sarah Elizabeth WARREN, 62, of Altamont and formerly of Bluford, died 5:30 a.m. Aug. 16, 1992, at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Mrs. WARREN was school nurse at Bluford area schools for several years. She was born Oct. 14, 1929 in rural Altamont, a daughter of Louis and Emma (BUCHHOLZ) FINFROCK. June 23, 1968, at First United Methodist Church in Altamont, she married James WARREN, who died July 28, 1990. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Texico. Burial will follow in Union Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at Kull Funeral Home in Altamont and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church in Texico. Mrs. WARREN is survived by one son, Louis Clyde WARREN of Mt. Vernon; one daughter, Debbie Elizabeth WARREN of Minneapolis; two brothers, John FINFROCK and wife Marcia, and Benson FINFROCK and wife Marsha, all of Altamont; four sisters, Mrs. Harlan (Luella) HOOKS of Mason, Mrs. Gerald (Mary Ann) YOUNG of Effingham, and Jane PUGSLEY and Mrs. David (Allegra) ELLIS, both of Altamont; two grandchildren, Jesse and Zachary STUMBAUGH; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Harvey (Irene) LOVIN and Marjorie HESS, both of Bluford; and one brother-in-law, John WARREN of Bluford. Mrs. WARREN was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, Illinois Education Association, Geological Society of Mt. Vernon, Illinois School Nurses Association and Jefferson County Home Extension. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Danny PUGSLEY.

The Register-News, Mt. Vernon, IL, 18 Aug 1992
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Samuel E. Weatherford
Rites for Samuel E. Weatherford will be held Tuesday at 2:00 pm at Old Shiloh Church and burial will be in Old Shiloh Cemetery. The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call at any time until the funeral hour. Mr. Weatherford was born October 11, 1927 in Jefferson County the son of Elikam H. and Mary (Cruzen) Weatherford. His age at the time of death was 23 years, 11 months and five days. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a private first class with the 115th Station Hospital. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Olen C. and Clifford M. of Mt. Vernon, and four sisters, Mrs. Edna Hoffman, Mrs. Evelyn Hall and Miss Maude Weatherford of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Katherine Hutchcraft of Lincoln, Ill.

9-17-1951
Mt. Vernon Register News


Steve Hayes and Samuel Weatherford
TWO MT. V MEN KILLED IN AUTO-TRUCK CRASH
Steve Hayes, 23, and Samuel Weatherford, 23, Fatally hurt in Head-on Collision South of Centralia.
Funeral Services Scheduled Tomorrow.
Two young men who resided near Mt. Vernon were killed early yesterday when an automobile they occupied and a big transport truck collided head-on two miles south of Centralia on US highway 51. Fatally injured were: Samuel E. Weatherford, 23, of RFD 2, Mt. Vernon and Steve E. Hayes, 23, of RFD 5, Mt. Vernon. The rural homes of both men are in Shiloh Township. Reports were that Clifford Gray, 46, of Memphis, Tenn., driver of the truck was not injured. The automobile occupied by the Mt. Vernon men was demolished and the transport truck was also considerably damaged in the terrific collision. Bodies for the young men were brought to the Myers Chapel Funeral services will be held tomorrow.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 9-17-1951
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson



Daisy Storment Webb - awaiting transcription



Amanda Caroline Webber
Miss Amanda Webber died this Morning at Drivers Home Miss Caroline Webber died at 10 o'clock this morning at the home of herself and brother, Jeff Webber, in Drivers. Miss Webber was born in Jefferson county, Septemeber 13, 1858 and her age was 74 years, 16 months and 20 days at time of death. She was a daughter of the late Frank Webber and wife, and her entire life was spent in Jefferson county. She was an excellent woman, and possessed of many virtues, and was held in great respect by all who knew her. She was a true christian woman. Funeral services will be held Saturday in the Drivers Baptist church at 11 o'clock, followed by burial in the Opdyke cemetery. Miss Webber is survived by one brother, Jeff Webber, two brothers, Ed and Charlie Webber, preceded in death in 1932.

Meyers Funeral Service Book
August 3 1933
Submitted by: Tonya (Lane) Jolly
Relationship: great-great-great-aunt

Thomas Jefferson Webber
LAST MEMBER OF OLD FAMILY DIED HERE LAST NIGHT
Jeff Webber, Well Known and Highly Respected Citizen Dies in This City, Funeral Services Tomorrow Afternoon
Thomas Jefferson Webber, generally known to his friends as Jeff Webber, died last night. Mr. Webber's death came as a great surprise and shock to his friends as he was up and about as usual last Saturday, and many of his friends talked with him down town on that day.
Mr. Webber's age was 72 years, five months and six days, at time of death. He had been a resident of Mt. Vernon 65 years.
The body was taken to Myers Chapel, 122 North Tenth street and prepared for burial, where it will remain until the funeral which will be held in the Second Baptist church Wednesday at two o'clock p.m. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at Opdyke.

The Register-News has been furnished the following:
T.J. "Jeff" Webber died last night at 11:25 at 501 Herbert street, where he was making his home. He had been suffering with cancer and other ailments for sometime, but was bedfast only since last Saturday. He was a well known citizen in this locality, having spent most of his life in Jefferson county.
He moved to Mt. Vernon soon after he was married and spent practically the rest of his life here.
He was employed at the Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing Co. until about six or seven years ago, having worked in the shop about 35 years. He was well known for his honesty and uprightness. He was the youngest son of Frank and Lydia Webber, in their day a well known couple. Jeff was the last member of a highly respected old family. He had two sisters and two brothers, namely, Charles, Edward, Amanda and Adah. Adah died several years ago, being only 19 years of age at the time of her death, and Edward, Charles and Amanda died in the last 14 months. After Charley's health began to fail, Jeff went to live with him and after Ed's death, Amanda made her home with the two brothers. After the death of both Charley and Amanda, Jeff came back to Mt. Vernon and roomed until the time of his death.
He was united in marriage to Miss Alice Eskew, May 26, 1890 and to this union were born five children, as follows: John, Clara, William, Nellie and Raymond Everett. His wife died March 7, 1907 and Raymond Everett died soon after. Mr. Webber is survived by two sons and two daughters, John, William, Clare and Nellie, all of Mt. Vernon.
He also leaves seven grandchildren and a host of friends who will miss his cheerful smile. Although he had suffered greatly the last few months he was of a cheerful disposition and never complained of his condition. THe funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. C.W. Maulding.

Meyers Funeral Service Book
December 4, 1933
Submitted by: Tonya (Lane) Jolly
Relationship: great-great-grandfather



Adam W. Wegmann
Adam W. Wegmann, 17, of Woodlawn, went to be with the Lord 5:28P.M., November 18, 2002, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was a senior at Mt. Vernon Christian School. Mr. Wegmann was born June 21,1985, in Mt. Vernon to Joey A. and Darla (Dubois) Wegmann. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens with entombment in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Mousoleum. The Rev. Ron Reynolds and Mr. Tim Reynolds will officiate. Friends may call from noon until the funeral hour on Thursday at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel. Mr. Wegmann is survived by his parents, Joey and Darla Wegmann of Woodlawn; one brother, Luke Wegmann of Woodlawn; a sister Katy Wegmann of Woodlawn; grandparents Bill Dubois and Carolyn Dubois. both of Mt. Vernon, and Linda and John Moore of Fairfield Glades, Tenn.; great-grandparents Lester and Lela Williams of Mt. Vernon; uncles Robbie Dubois and wife Leigh of Woodlawn, Terry Wegmann of Mt. Vernon and Jeff Moore and wife Kelly of Carbondale; aunts Renee Kettler of Fairfield Glades, Tenn., and Vickie Cusumano and husband Victor of Mt. Vernon. Adam was a basketball player and was one of the starting five on the varsity team at Mt. Vernon Christian School. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and morotcycling and competed in motocross competition. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Bill and Ida Wegmann and Claude and Anita Dubois, and a grandfather Joe Wegmann. For those who wish memorials may be made to the Mt. Vernon Christian School and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Ill. 62864 Arrangements have be entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Nov. 20, 2002
Submitted by: Ida Reeves ida@mvn.net



Edward Wegmann
Edward J. Wegmann, 69, of Route 1, Woodlawn, died at 4 p.m. Sunday at his home. Mr. Wegmann was born in Illinois on August 07, 1904, the son of Nick and Minnie (Rostollan) Wegmann. He was maried to Margaret Piercy, who died earlier this year. Mr. Wegmann was a member of the Mt. Catherine Christian Church. He was a retired farmer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Catherine Church, with the Rev. Gene Marlow officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at Myers Chapel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The body will be moved to the church at noon, Wednesday. Mr. Wegmann is survived by two sons, Harold E. Wegmann,Woodlawn, and Jerry L. Wegmann, Winter Park Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Sue Connaway, Woodlawn; one brother, William Wegmann, Mt. Vernon; and one sister, Mrs Minnie Spangler, Birmingham, Ala. He was preceded in death by his wife, one brother and one son.

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


Margaret Wegmann
Mrs. Margaret Wegmann, 63, of Route 1, Woodlawn, died at 4;15 a.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Catherine Christian Church, with the Rev. Gene Marlow and the Rev. Leroy Piercy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at Myers Chapel after 5 p.m. Saturday. The body will be taken to the church at noon Sunday. Mrs. Wegmann was born September 25, 1910, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Henry and Susan (Fiser) Piercy. Mrs. Wegmann was married August 22, 1927, to Ed Wegmann. He survives. She was a member of the Mt. Catherine Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Harold E., of Woodlawn, and Jerry L., of Winter Park, Fla., a daughter, Mrs. Sue Connaway of Woodlawn; a brother Walter Piercy, of Boyd, six sisters, Mrs. Nellie German, of Woodlawn, Mrs. Ida Carpenter of Woodlawn, Mrs. Faye Poorman,of Woodlawn, Mrs. Ada Harvey, of Dix, Mrs. Lillie Marlow, of Dix, Mrs. May Harvey of Geneva; and four grandchildren.

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


Florence Webb
Florence Webb, 94, Dies Leaves 86 Descendants
Mrs. Florence Webb, of Salem Road, died at 2:30 a.m. today in Good Samaritan Hospital
at the age of 94 years, ten months, and six days. She leaves 86 descendants.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church East of Benton,
with the Rev. Ray Williams and the Rev. Bill Irvin, both of Eldorado, officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix where friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
Mrs. Webb was born January 25, 1873, in Franklin county, the daughter of Robert and Sarah (Ward) Barnfield.
On Sept. 3, 1887, she was married to Sylvester R. Webb, who preceded her in death on Mar. 25, 1934.
She was also preceded by three daughters and a son.
Survivors include two sons, Earl Webb of Madison, Ill., and Carl Webb of Mt. Vernon; a daughter
Mrs. Letha Graham of this city; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 31 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Webb was member of the Gospel Assembly Church in Eldorado.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Marilyn Jane Wellmaker
Jane Wellmaker, 55, of Mt. Vernon, died 10:16 a.m. Sept. 6, 2002, at her home. She attended St. John's Nursing School in Springfield and was employed at an operating roon nurse at St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Ms. Wellmaker was born November 01, 1946, in Mt. Vernon to Burrell M. and Catherine (Hill) Hulbert. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Mr. Mike Sheets will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. No public visitation will be held. Ms. Wellmaker is survived by a son, Alex Wellmaker and wife Michelle of Mt. Vernon, her mother, Catherine (Tag) Hulbert of Mt. Vernon: two brothers, Jerry Hulbert and wife Lila of Mt. Vernon and Keith Hulbert and wife Brenda of Mt. Vernon: three grandchildren, Ryan Wellmaker,Madison Wellmaker and Zoe Wellmaker, all of Mt.Vernon: and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and one daughter, Jana Wellmaker Reynolds. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Red Cross and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves ida@mvn.net


Bertha Hartley Wells
Mrs. Bertha Hartley Wells, devoted wife of Dr. J.W. Wells, departed this life Jan. 17, 1914, aged 30 years, 11 months and 19 days. She was the daughter of W.H. and Anna Hartley, of Ina, Ill. She was born Jan. 29, 1883. She was united in marriage to Dr. J.W. Wells, April 24, 1912. She leaves to mourn her departure a devoted father, mother and husband, also one sister, Mrs. Estella Moore, of Benton, Ill., and one brother Harl Hartley of New Baden, Ill. She also leaves a sweet little baby girl born but a few hours before its mother passed away. It sleeps sweetly upon its couch, unconscious of its great loss. The death of Mrs. Wells came so suddenly that it left a deep wound in the hearts of her relatives and many friends. Just in the noontide of life, loved by all who knew her, her passing from earth was like a beautiful flower that came forth with the first rays of the morning light, carrying with is the freshness of the morning dew, but those resplendent beauty and loveliness perished with the noonday sun, and passed from earth amid its beauty and loveliness. There is comfort in the thought that we can all meet her again in that beautiful home where angels and purified spirits dwell.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL 1914
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


David P. Wells
David P. Wells Rites Wednesday
Funeral services for David P. Wells will be held Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville, with the Rev. Harol Dowdy officiating. Burial will be at the Knob Prairie cemetery.
Mr. Wells, 78, of St. Cloud, Fla., a former resident of Waltonville, died at 5:00 p.m. Friday in the hospital at Kissimmee, Fla. Mr. Wells was born March 5, 1883, in Jefferson County, the son of George D. and Lavinia (Rightnowar) Wells. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary (Dowdy) Wells of St. Cloud; a daughter, Mrs. Fred Baker of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Mrs. B. L. Flanagan of the Salem Road. two step sons; Harold Dowdy of De Land, Fla., and James Dowdy of Gainesville, Fla,; a step-daughter, Mrs. Earl Strand of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, C. Leland Wells. Mr. Wells was a member of the Church of Christ.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


James W. Wells
Dr. J.W. Wells Of Waltonville Dies At Age 81
Funeral Friday For Prominent Physician and Community Leader. Dr. James W. Wells of Waltonville died at 2:10 a.m. today at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon of a heart attack. He was 81 years of age. His funeral will be held Friday afternoon at Fry's Chapel in Waltonville, at 2 o'clock. Dr. Wells was a prominent figure in community life of Waltonville and Jefferson county for many years. He was the first mayor of Waltonville, served on the town board a number of terms, and was a member of the Board of Education of the Waltonville grade school for several terms. He also served as a member of the Jefferson county board and was Supervisor from Bald Hill township at the time the new Jefferson county court house was built. Dr. Wells was born in Waltonville January 27, 1879, the son of John and Laura A. (Bravard) Wells. He was married in 1912 to Bertha Blanche Hartley, who died in 1914. In 1918 he was married to Melissa Ann Kirkpatrick, who survives. Also surviving are one son, Dr. Charles K. Wells of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Mrs. W. Carl Allen of Rantoul, Mrs. Knox Hirons of Waltonville, and Capt. Helen Wells of Minneapolis, and Air Force nurse; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Eater of Mt. Vernon, and five grandchildren. Dr. Wells attended Ewing College and Barnes Medical College at St. Louis. He served in World War I with the Medical Corps. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society and the Jefferson - Hamilton Medical Society. He had been honored with membership in the 50 year club of the state society. Dr. Wells was a member of the medical staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and was an advisor to the Jefferson County Department of Public Welfare. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen and the Masons. His funeral will be conducted by the Rev. N. D. Motzer of Mt. Vernon and the Rev. T. A. Shafer, pastor of the Methodist church of Waltonville. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery north of Waltonville. The body will lie in state at the Fry chapel after 3 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services for Dr. James W. Wells will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium in Waltonville. Dr. Wells, a prominent doctor and community leader in Jefferson county, died at 2:10 a.m. yesterday at Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 81. Funeral services were at First planned at Fry's Chapel in Waltonville but were changed to the school gym so more of his many friends could attend the service. At noon Friday the body will be taken to the gymnasium to lie in state until the funeral hour. Until that time friends may call at the Fry Chapel.

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


Jasper Overton Wells
Jasper Overton Wells, born on December 4, 1867 in Jefferson County, Ill. departed this life on November 31, 1954 at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and 17 days.
He was united in marriage on March 1, 1891 to Mary L. Asberry to which were born 9 children. The son of J.W.J. Wells and Eliza Jane Clampet Wells, he was reared on a farm in the vicinity of Scheller, Ill.
His wife preceded him in death as did two children, Mrs. Maggie Rentfro in 1925 and Mrs. Pearl Williams in 1938.
Surviving children are: Mrs. Rosa Morgan, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Lillie Ulrey, Christopher; Bert Wells, Fort Branch, Ind.; Mrs. Lydia Prior, Granite City; Leonard Wells, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Grace Roy, Christopher and Mrs. Alice Walker, East Peoria. Two Brothers, Robert and Willie, both of Scheller, also survive.
He also leaves to morn his passing 22 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and a host of relatives, friends and associates.
A retired minor and member of United Mine Workers of America Local No. 1421, Mr. Wells was devoted to hard work all through his long life. He lived to a ripe old age and enjoyed the blessings of his friends and his family until the end.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Doris Leona (Davis) Whalen
Doris Leona Whalen, 70, of Lodi, Calif., died 8:30 am Aug 10, 1996, at the home of her son in Joliet.
She was employed at Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in Joliet and at AT&T Bell Lab in Naperville.
Mrs. Whalen was born Dec 9, 1925, in Bluford, a daughter of Alfred and Jewell (Williams) Davis. April 24, 1949, in Mt. Vernon, she married Noel Clark Whalen, who survives.
Services will be 10:30 am Tuesday at Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Hefner officiating. Burial will be in Thomason Cemetery, Wayne City.
Firends may call from 5 to 8 pm today at Hughey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Whalen is survived by her husband, Noel C. Whalen of Lodi, Calif.; daughter, Sandra Bauer and husband Horst of Morgan Hill, Calif.; son, Gary Whalen and wife JoAnn of Joliet; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; sister, Marjorie Holloway and husband Jim of San Jose, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was a member of Lodi Avenue Baptist Church in Lodi, Calif. She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
Mrs. Whalen was preceded in death by her parents. For those who wish memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the Hughey Funeral Home.

Aug 1996 (Death Date)
Hughey Funeral Home
Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer
Relationship : I am the daughter of the deceased


Glenn Udell Whalen
GLENN WHALEN FUNERAL SUNDAY
Glenn Udell Whalen, 48, of Galesburg, IL, died at 5:30 am Thursday at Veterans Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, following a lingering illness. He was a railway postal clerk. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday at the Bluford Funeral Home in Bluford, with the Rev. Paul E. Dann, Sr., officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest cemetery in Centralia. The body will lie in state at the Bluford Funeral Home, where friends may call after 4:00 pm Saturday. Mr. Whalen was born September 20, 1915, in Belle Rive, the son of Roscoe Vern and Maude (Butler) Whalen. On June 16, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo., he was married to Omal Outland, who survives. Other survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe V. Whalen of Bluford; two daughters, Joyce and Donna both at home; two brothers, Howard Whalen of Stockholm, NJ and Noel Whalen of Fort Carson, Colo. He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. Mr. Whalen was a veteran of World War II.

Oct 24, 1963 (Death Date)
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer
Relationship : I am neice of the deceased


Maude Bly (Butler) Whalen
Maude B. Whalen, 92, Romeoville (IL), a former resident of Bluford, died at 6:40 pm Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Joliet (IL) Mrs. Whalen was born May 21, 1891 in Wayne County (IL) the daughter of Washington Walker (this is error, his middle name is Webster) and Lucetta (Bennett) Butler. On Dec 24, 1914 in Wayne City, she married Roscoe V. Whalen, who died Jan 1, 1966. She is survived by two sons, Howard Whalen and his wife, Jean, of Pittsville, PA; and Noel Whalen and his wife, Doris of Romeoville; three sisters, Mrs. Grace Young of Fairfield, Mrs. Glady Young of St. Elmo and Mrs.Nellie Schmidt of Mt. Pleasant, IA; seven grandchildre; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three daughters, Mary, Mildred and an infant daughter; one sister Lena Vance; and four brothers, Perry, Walker, Herbert and Monroe Butler, two sons, Glen and Harold Whalen, who preceded her in death. She was a Baptist. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 pm Wednesday at the Bluford Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kerry High officiating. Burial will follow in Laird Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 pm Tuesday

Dec 4, 1983 (Death Date)
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer
Relationship : I am granddaughter of deceased


Noel Clark Whalen
Noel Clark Whalen, 72 of Lodi, Calif, and a former resident of the Bluford and Mt. Vernon areas, was found dead at his home in California. He was employed for 24 years with General Motors at Romeoville, retiring in 1989. The Whalens then made their home in Lodi. He was born April 4, 1924, in Bluford, a son of Vern Whalen and Maud Butler. April 24, 1949, in Mt. Vernon, he married Doris Leona Davis, who died Aug 10, 1996. He was born and raised in Bluford. He then went into the Army in 1944 and served 20 years, being discharged in 1964. Mr. Whalen and his wife Doris lived in many locations during his military career. After his discharge, they settled in Romeoville. Graveside services will be 10:30 am Wednesday at Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City with the Rev. Jim Hefner officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm Tuesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Those attending the graveside services on Wednesday are asked to go directly to the Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City. Military flag presentation services will be conducted by the chaplain of American Legion Post 141 of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Whalen is survived by a son, Gary Whalen and wife JoAnn of Joliet; a daughter, Sandra Bauer and husband Horst of Morgan Hill, Calif.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several cousins. He was a member of Lodi Avenue Baptist Curch in Lodi, Calif., Jefferson Lodge 368 AF & AM of Opdyke, and the National Rifle Assocation. In additional to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Howard Whalen and Glen Whalen.

Lodi News-Sentinel - Friday, Novermber 1, 1996


Noel Clark Whalen
Noel Clark Whalen, 72, of Lodi (CA) died Oct 30 at his residence following a sudden illness. He was born April 4, 1924 in Bluford, IL.
Mr. Whalen was raised and schooled in Bluford. He later served for 20 years in the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged in 1964.
He married Doris Leona Davis in 1949, and the couple lived in various locations during his military career. They later settled in Romeoville, IL.
Mr. Whalen was employed with General Motors for 24 years before retiring. The couple moved to Lodi in 1988.
He was a member of the Jefferson Masonic Lodge No. 368, the F. & A.M., and the National Rifle Assocation. He ws an avid fisherman and enjoyed woodworking.
Mr. Whalen was preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Davis) Whalen, in August 1996; andn two brothers, Howard and Glen Whalen.
Mr. Whalen is survived by a daughter, Sandra Bauer of Morgan Hill; a son, Gary Whalen of Illinois; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services and committal are private. Visitation is 9 am to 8 pm Saturday with family receiving friends from 5 to 8 pm at Lodi Funeral Home.

Note from Sandy:
He was also preceded in death by a brother that died in childhood and three sisters that died in infancy.

10/30/1996 (Death Date)
Lodi, CA newspaper and Hughey Funeral Home
Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer
Relationship : I am daughter of deceased


Roscoe Vern Whalen
VERN WHALEN DIES; RITES AT BLUFORD
Vern Whalen, 75, of Bluford, died at 12:20 pm Saturday in Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday at the Bluford Funeral Home with the Rev. Ross Partridge officiating. Burial will be in Laird Cemetery near Bluford. The body will lie in state at the Bluford Funeral Home where friends may call at any time. Mr. Whalen was born Mar. 27, 1890, in Wayne county, the son of John and Mary (Maulding) Whalen. On Dec 24, 1914, in Wayne City, he married to Maude Butler, who survives. He is also survived by two sons, Howard Whalen of Stockholm, NJ, and Noel Whalen of Lockport, IL; two brothers, Roy Whalen of Rochelle, IL; and Ed Whalen of South Roxana, IL; a sister, Mrs. Goldie Jane Guthrie of Peoria; and seven grandchildren. Mr. Whalen was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, three infant daughters, four brothers and four sisters.

1 Jan 1966 (Death Date)
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer
Relationship : I am granddaughter of deceased

Children of John and Mary (Maulding) Whalen:

Laura Belle WHALEN (22 Oct 1877-11 Jan 1960)
Clara Delle WHALEN (25 Nov 1879-23 Aug 1962)
Elva Florence WHALEN (23 Dec 1882-2 Jan 1961)
Fred Eugene WHALEN (17 Mar 1884-5 Jan 1954)
Roy Elmer WHALEN (10 Jun 1886-23 Feb 1967)
Male infant WHALEN (10 Mar 1887-bef 1900)
Guy Earl WHALEN (27 Aug 1888-30 Nov 1926)
Roscoe Vern WHALEN (27 Mar 1890-1 Jan 1966)
Charles Edgar WHALEN (17 Mar 1892-6 Oct 1969)
Golda Jane WHALEN (22 Oct 1894-27 Oct 1972)
Robert Lee WHALEN (31 Oct 1896-29 Jan 1963)
Nora Myrtle WHALEN (2 Dec 1898-28 Jun 1960)



Roy Elmer Whalen
ROY WHALEN WAYNE COUNTY NATIVE, DIES
Roy E. Whalen, 80, Rochelle, IL, died yesterday at his home. He was a native of Wayne County. Funeral services will be at 9 am Saturday at the Unger Funeral Home in Rochelle. A graveside service will be held at 2 pm Sunday, with the Rev. Guy Roney officiating, at Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Keenes. The Bluford Funeral Home will be in charge. Mr. Whalen was born June 10, 1886, in Wayne county, the son of John and Mary (Maulding) Whalen. He was a veteran of World War I.

Survivors:
One brother, Ed Whalen of Roxana, IL; one sister, Mrs. Goldie Guthrie of Peoria and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Feb 23, 1967 (Death Date)
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer
Relationship : I am grand-neice of the deceased

Children of John and Mary (Maulding) Whalen:
Laura Belle WHALEN (22 Oct 1877-11 Jan 1960)
Clara Delle WHALEN (25 Nov 1879-23 Aug 1962)
Elva Florence WHALEN (23 Dec 1882-2 Jan 1961)
Fred Eugene WHALEN (17 Mar 1884-5 Jan 1954)
Roy Elmer WHALEN (10 Jun 1886-23 Feb 1967)
Male infant WHALEN (10 Mar 1887-bef 1900)
Guy Earl WHALEN (27 Aug 1888-30 Nov 1926)
Roscoe Vern WHALEN (27 Mar 1890-1 Jan 1966)
Charles Edgar WHALEN (17 Mar 1892-6 Oct 1969)
Golda Jane WHALEN (22 Oct 1894-27 Oct 1972)
Robert Lee WHALEN (31 Oct 1896-29 Jan 1963)
Nora Myrtle WHALEN (2 Dec 1898-28 Jun 1960)


Eddie Dean White
BESSEMER CITY - Eddie Dean White, 47, died Thursday, August 7, 1997.
He was born in Jefferson County, Illinois on April 9, 1950.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home with Rev. Ted Stone officiating. Burial will be in Westview Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Ellis White; sons, Christopher Ellis, Jonathan Ellis, Brandon White and Eddie Dean White, Jr., all of the home; daughters, Wanda White of the home, Teresa White of Illinois; mother, Wanda Ashby White of Athens, GA; father, Donald Eugene White of Michigan; brothers, Cary E. White of Winterville, GA, Timothy White of Keswick, VA; sisters Carolyn Massey of Athens, GA, Janet Green of Ila, GA and maternal grandmother, Nora Ashby of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
Pallbearers will be Cary White, Johnny Ellis, Gary Sims, David Sims, John Sims, and Eddie Greene.

Source: The Charlotte Observer {NC}
Date: August 9, 1997
Submitted by Cindy Ford


Dorothy Iona Whiteside
Dorothy Iona Whiteside, age 64, of Mount Vernon passed away 5:14 PM Monday, January 14, 2008 at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Il.
She was born April 18, 1943 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois the daughter of Manuel and Lydia (Campbell) Berry. She married Robert Whiteside Jr. on March 25, 1977 at Lively Stone Apostolic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois and he survives in Mount Vernon.
Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of Lively Stone Apostolic Church in Mt. Vernon for over 30 years where she also served in the choir. She was also a member of African American Heritage of Mt. Vernon where she served on the Card Committee sending cards to the sick.
She is survived by her husband, Elder Robert Whiteside Jr. of Mt. Vernon. Three daughters, Charlene Matthews of Washington, DC, and Errian Johnson-Whiteside of Mt. Vernon, and Mia Cantley of Detroit, MI; one son, Terry Cantley and wife, Alesa of Indianapolis, IN; one sister, LaMeatria Jean Berry-Shelton of Madisonville, KY and a niece, LaMeatria Jean Berry and husband, Adrian Carruth of Mt. Vernon, IL; three brothers, Manuel Vernell Berry and wife, Barbara Jean of Mt. Vernon, IL, Leon Berry of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Donnell Berry and wife, Lucille of Elgin, IL; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, LaMont Cantley; and one brother, James Berry.
Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, January 19, 2008 at Evangelistic Outreach Christian Center (1407 S. 11th Street Mt. Vernon) with Bishop Paul H. Evans and Elder Allen Rudd Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodlawn. Friends may call from 6 to P.M. Friday at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For more information you may call Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon at (618) 246-0100.

Source: Courier News {Elgin, IL}
Date: January 17, 2008
Submitted by Cindy Ford



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Ivan Whitson
Ivan Whitson - Texico
Ivan Whitson, 86, Texico, died at 2:55 a.m. Feb. 13, 1988, at Doctor’s Nursing Home in Salem. Mr. Whitson was born May 1, 1901, in Jefferson County, a son of John and Bell (Williams) Whitson. He married Verneda Lisenby, who died in 1950. (NOTE: actually 1951). Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, with the Rev. Rolla Eller officiating. Burial will follow in East Salem Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Whitson is survived by one son, Bill Whitson and wife Emma of Sallisaw, Okla.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob Whitson of Granite City; and one sister, Rocksy Minor of Texico. Mr. Whitson was employed with Mt. Vernon Car Shops and Randall Stone Quarry. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Bessie Beal, Maggie Knauss and Meda Eller; one brother, Bert Whitson; and one infant son, Marvin Whitson.

DOD: 13 Feb 1988
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard * lorileona@excite.com


Marvin Lee Whitson
Child Died at Early Hour
Marvin Lee Whitson, three months old son of Verneda and Ivan Whitson, died at 6:30 o’clock this morning at the home of John Whitson, south of Union Chapel. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at East Salem Baptist Church. Rev. F. L. Karn will conduct the services.

DOD: 6 Oct 1924
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard


Verneda (Lisenby) Whitson
Verneda Whitson Dies at Age 46; Rites Saturday
Mrs. Verneda Whitson, of 1220 Lamar Avenue, died at 11:35 o’clock last night at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past two days. Her age was 46 years, ten months and 11 days. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Nazarene church, with the Rev. E. E. Milby officiating, and burial will be in East Salem cemetery. The body will be taken at 11 a.m. Friday to the family home, where friends may call at any time until the funeral hour. Mrs. Whitson was born June 7, 1904 in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of William and Addie (Yearwood) Lisenby. On October 28, 1922, she was married to Ivan Whitson, who survives. She was a member of the Nazarene church. Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Addie Lisenby of Mt. Vernon; one son, Bill Whitson of Mt. Vernon; three brothers, Woodrow Lisenby of Mt. Vernon; Edward Lisenby of Woodstock (NOTE: George Lisenby) and Fordyce Lisenby of Chicago: one sister, Mrs. Mabel Hunt of Woodstock; and two grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
DOD: 18 April 1951
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard
relationship = Great niece



William Eugene Whitson
William E. "Bill" Whitson, 73, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Jefferson County, died 11:30 a.m. May 20, 2000, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Mr. Whitson was the owner of a trucking service. He was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Jefferson County, a son of Ivan and Verneda (Lisenby) Whitson. He married Emma Lou Sharp July 8, 1961; she survives. Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Burial will be at East Salem Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children; Dennis Ray Whitson and wife Barbara of Denton, Texas; Terry Jean Pearson and husband Richard of Parsons, Kansas; Nickie Jo Lingle and husband Rodney of Anna; Stanley Ray Benedict of Tulsa, Okla.; Robin Faye Rowe of Tulsa, Okla.; and Randall Eugene Whitson of Oregon; 14 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Mr. Whitson was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Marvin Whitson.

DOD: 20 May 2000
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard
relationship = 1C-1R


Dwayne E. Wickstrom
Dwayne E. Wickstrom, 63, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born in Alton on June 28,1945, a son of Delbert T. Wickstrom and Fern (Mason) Wickstrom. He married Patricia "Patty" Campbell in Waltonville on Dec. 31, 1964. He worked as a labor for a cleaning service.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel in Woodlawn with the Rev. Dennis Myers officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel in Woodlawn.
Dwayne is survived by his wife, Patricia "Patty" Wickstrom of Mt. Vernon; son, Brian Wickstrom and wife Maria of Rio Rancho, N.M.; daughter, Pamela Purdy and husband Blaine of Monroeville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tasha, Robert and Brittany Purdy and Amanda Wickstrom; two brothers, Richard Austin and wife Sally of Arizona, and Jim Bunting and wife Becky of Ore-gon; two sisters, Barbara Turner and husband Paul of Wood River and Carolyn Lindell and husband Vernon of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
Dwayne enjoyed fishing and loved animals and being around people. He was a member of Howard Community Chapel.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhomel969.com for further information and to send condolences.



Josephine M. Wilkerson
Mrs. Josephine M. Wilkerson, 89, of Dix, died at 8 a.m. Sunday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She had resided with Mr. and Mrs. Willis Keele of Dix for the past 30 years. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ross Partridge officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix after 5:30 p.m. today. She was born in Opdyke on Sept. 21, 1884, the daughter of Sam and Lilly (Dixon) McKinry. On Jan. 2, 1907, in Bluford, she was married to Thomas Wilkerson, who died in 1936. Mrs. Wilkerson was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She is survived by six nephews, Earl and Calvin Polen, Ottawa, Virgil Work, Rhodes Iowa, Glen Work, Peopone, Adron McKinry, Birchwood, Wis. and Robert Williams, Mt. Vernon, and four nieces, Mrs. Blanche Russell and Mrs. Lena Beaty, both of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. John Silince, Paxton, and Mrs. Irene Couch, Jackson, Miss. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, four sisters, and one daughter Opal Hertenstein.

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


Allene Williams
Allene Williams Of Ina Dies At Age 69
Mrs. Allene Williams, 69, Ina, died at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22, 1987, at Crossroads Community Hospital.
Mrs. Williams was born Feb. 20, 1918, in Jefferson County, a daughter of Matthew and Ivy (Wells) Merriman. On March 22, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she married Buel L. Williams, who survives.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Dale Burzynski officiating. Burial will follow in Kirk Cemetery in Ina.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Darrell Williams of Washington; two daughters, Sharon Williams of Mt. Vernon and Connie Grimes of Ina; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two brothers, Wayne Merriman of Lebanon, Mo., and Lester Merriman of Peoria; five sisters, Vaneeta Allen of Bonnie, Josephine Boger of Salem, Maxine Glesson of O’Fallon, Grace Rozelle of El Jobean, Fla., and Mary Shelton of Lake Wales, Fla.
Mrs. Williams was a member of Bonnie Church of God.
Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, one brother and two sisters.


Mary A. Williams
Mary A. Williams, 97, Bonnie, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2008, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. She was born in Bonnie on June 10, 1910, a daughter of Marion and Alice (Faulkner) Bennett. She married Wesley Williams on Nov. 10, 1946, in Bonnie, and he preceded her in death. She was owner and operator of Bennett's General Store in Bonnie. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Gary Whipple officiating. Burial will follow at Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mary is survived by a niece, Jean Reece and husband Ralph of Bonnie, and two brothers-inlaw, Claude Williams and wife Esther of Mt. Vernon and Daniel Williams of illinois. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Mary was a member of the Bonnie United Methodist Church. She received an award for serving 55 years as treasurer at Bonnie United Methodist Church and was formerly named in Who's Who in Methodism.


Beulah J. (Rector) McDaniels Williams
Beulah J. Williams, 84, of Texico died 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 1999 at St. Mary's/Good Samaritan, Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Williams was retired from International Shoe Company in Mt. Vernon. She was born Aug. 24, 1915 in Divide to Arthur and Louise (Lisenby) Rector. On Aug. 8, 1934, she married Faris McDaniels; he died Nov. 28, 1963. She married August Williams on July 20, 1965; he died Jan. 21, 1994. Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, with the Rev. John Ashby officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Survivors include four nieces, Darlene Mount of Mt. Vernon, Pauline Hanson of Granite City, Imogene Easley of Missouri and Dorothy Estes of Mt. Vernon, Ind.; three nephews, Donald Taylor of Texico, Ray Eller of Sesser and Bobby Whitson of Houston, Texas; a sister, Bessie Taylor of Dix; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Mrs. Williams was a member of Union Chapel Methodist Chu! rch. She had attended Center School in Field Township. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Ruby Whitson and Flossie Eller and two infant brothers, Everett and Harold Rector.

DOD: 26 Oct 1999
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Lori Lisenby Leonard

Curtis Williams
Curtis Williams, dean of Mt. Vernon attorneys and one of southern Illinois' best known men, died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday. He was 88 years, eight months and 17 days of age. Mr. Williams, a practicing attorney for 58 years, suffered an apparent stroke Sunday afternoon at his home, 401 north Ninth street. He was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died 30 minutes after arrival. A graduate of Ewing College and the University of Missouri, he was admitted to the bar in 1904. Mr. Williams served as city attorney of Mt. Vernon four terms and was the county's Master in Chancery for 16 years. Despite advancing age, he enjoyed good health and was a practicing attorney up to the day of his death.
As a young man Mr. Williams taught school for seven years in Jefferson county. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for 65 years. Fellow lawyers of southern Illinois paid high tribute to Mr. Williams in 1959 when they presented him with a framed certificate of award for perfect attendance of 44 years at the annual meeting of the Federation of Local Bar Associations of the First Supreme Court district. Mr. Williams, a senior counselor of the federation, was present when the association was organized in 1916. In October last year he was again honored as he added the 46th year to his perfect attendance record at the annual meeting in Belleville. Seven years ago the Jefferson County Bar Association paid its highest tribute to Mr. Williams by conferring upon him a lifetime membership. In a resolution his fellow attorneys hailed him for exemplifying the honesty and dignity expected of his position and credited him with keeping the association an active one through the years. He was a member of the state and national bar associations. Mr. Williams was born July 21, 1873 in Spring Garden, Jefferson county, the son of Dr. Stephen Lacy Williams and Margaret Williams. On June 11, 1907 he was married, at Waltonville, to Maude Gilbert, who survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, County Judge Alvin Lacy Williams; a brother, Alsa Williams of Centralia; and a niece, Mae Crews of Mt. Vernon.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Chapel. The Rev. Dale Harmon and the Rev. M. A. Souers will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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


George D. Williams
City's Oldest Businessman Is Dead At 96

George D. Williams, Mt. Vernon's oldest active businessman, died Saturday at the age of 96. His death occured at 8:30 p.m. at the Jeffersonian Nursing Home where he has resided for the past five weeks. Mr. Williams, a real estate broker here for many years went to his office every day, until his health started failing a few months ago. Until he entered the nursing home, he resided for many years at 816 North Ninth Street. Mr. Williams had remained active nearly to the end, driving his car to his real estate office in the Rogers Building each day. On June 3, 1972, Mr. Williams at the age of 94, managed to foil a strong-arm robbery attempt at his office, when two youths hit him over the head with a pipe, but fled before taking anything. He was treated for his minor injuries by his friend Dr. Marshall Hall, whose office is also in the Rogers Building. He was one of the oldest licensed drivers in the state, having driven his car regularly until the age of 94. Mr. Williams was born on January 14, 1878 in Jefferson County, the son of W.T. and Irene (Jarrell)Williams. He was married to Charlotte Juergens in 1940 she survives. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Williams was a life time member of Masonic Lodge No. 31, A.F.&A.M., Royal Arch Masons, and the Commandry. He was a real estate broker. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. Larry Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Old Union cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today. In addition to his wife, Charlotte, Mr. Williams is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ann Edwards, Venice, Fla., and Mrs. Lena Schroeder, Sarasota, Fla.; one step son, Edwin Juergens, Spring Hill, Fla.; six grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Letha Taylor, in 1939, and was also preceded in death by one son, George T. Williams, and one daughter, Mrs. Katherine Johnson.

February 18, 1974
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Willoughby (child)
The year old daughter of Rufus Willoughby of Mount Vernon ate headache tablets and died from the effects. [Chicago Eagle.(Chicago, Ill.), November 13, 1909, Page 9]


Kenneth C. Willoughby
Kenneth C. “Ken” Willoughby, 57, of Woodlawn died 4:45 p.m. July 18, 2005, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was in the financial and banking business for almost 35 years. At the time of his death was employed at First National Bank of Mt. Vernon as executive vice president. He was previously employed by Farm Credit of Southeastern Illinois, where he served as president/chief executive officer for more than 20 years. He had also previously been employed as an investment broker at A.G. Edwards in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Willoughby was born Jan. 6, 1948, in Centralia to Charles and Ferne (Ferguson) Willoughby. He married Becky (Eubank) Willoughby Jan. 31, 1970, in Woodlawn; she survives. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. The Revs. Everett Lemay and Michael Davis will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home. Mr. Willoughby is survived by his wife, Becky Willoughby of Woodlawn; two daughters, Tisha Ellis and husband Rob of Mt. Vernon and Amanda McClure and husband Quinn of Mt. Vernon; three grandsons, Rhett Willoughby Ellis, Heath Willoughby Ellis and Colin Tyler McClure; his mother-in-law, Lura Eubank of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Juanita Moore and husband Harold of Springfield and Ethel Lynn Roberson and Charlie of Ashley; a brother-in-law, Larry Simmons and wife Joyce of Dix; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nelda Lee Simmons; two brothers-in-law, Tyler Eubank and Harold Evans; and his father-in-law, Carwin Eubank. Mr. Willoughby was raised on a farm near Cravat. He graduated from Woodlawn High School and was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church and was active in the Adult II Sunday School Department. He was a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. He was a former member of the University of Illinois Extension Council and former president of the Don Lee Extension Building Association. He had served as trustee of the Woodlawn Fire Protection District. He was a former church treasurer, trustee and Sunday school teacher and was a former 4-H leader, and little league and girls softball coach. Mr. Willoughby was an avid sports fan and loved University of Illinois basketball and football, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Logan Street Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for further information.

7-20-2005
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson



Edward Franklin Wilson
Edward Franklin "Uncle Ed" Wilson died at 3:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 2008, at
Charier Hospice Center in Evansville, Ind.
He was a route salesman for Old Style in Chicago for 25 years. He moved to Jasper, Ind., in the late 1980s. He has done many things in and around Jasper until his illness.
He was born June 14, 1937, in Waltonville, to Virgil and Alene (Harrison) Wilson.
Graveside services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.
Visitation will be at Becher-Klueser Funeral Home in Jasper, Ind. Survivors include son, Ron and Jackie Wilson of Omaha, Neb.; special friend and companion of 12 years, Debora Butler; two brothers, Richard C. Wilson of Marysville, Calif., and Glen and wife Donna Wilson of Kenosha, Wis.; a special brother-in-law, Richard McCowen; three sisters, Margie Richardson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Betty Hicks of Steeleville, Ill., and Virginia McCowen of Mt. Vernon; one uncle, three aunts.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William Leroy Wilson; one nephew, Richie McCowen; sister-in-law, Evelyn Wilson; and brother-in-law, Frank Hicks


James Herbert Wilson
Herbert Wilson Of Waltonville Dies At Age 70
James Herbert Wilson, 70, Waltonville, died at 12:03 p.m. Feb. 7, 1988, at Good Samaritan Hospital. Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Jefferson County, a son of Waldy and Malissa (Taylor) Wilson. On Jan. 4, 1938, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., he married Clara Ileta Harrison, who survives. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Wilson was a farmer and carpenter. He was a member of Hazel Dell Baptist Church. He was also a member of King of the Road National Motor Club of America and VFW Post No. 9153 at Waltonville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, James L. Wilson and wife Fay of Sesser; five grandchildren, Veronica Sample, Joseph Wilson, Sheila Wilson, Aleta Kay Wilson and Robert Wilson; one great-granddaughter, Katherine Sample; three sisters, Mrs. Ollie Hall of Sesser, Mrs. Eunice Madsen of Hennessey, Okla., and Mrs. Edith Hall of Crescent, Okla; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Feb. 7, 1988
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans


Jerry R. Wilson
Jerry R. Wilson, 64, of Sesser died 1:32 a.m. Feb. 3, 2006, at Nature Trail Care Center, Mt. Vernon. He was a former owner of Sesser Concrete. He was born May 21, 1941, in Jefferson County to Veachel and Lucille (Pitchford) Wilson. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, Sesser. The Rev. Dan Williams will officiate. The body will lie in state at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, Sesser, after 6 p.m. today. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery at Sesser. Survivors include nieces Becky Frye, Sesser, Leandra Wilson, Sesser, Sherry Wilson, Mount Carmel, and Karen Goff, Indiana; nephews Bob Shoemaker, Mount Carmel, and Bill Hill, Leesburg, Ga.; and two sisters, Jo Shoemaker, Sesser, and Donna Frye and Curtis, Sesser. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rose Hill, Ruth Howard and Mildred Wilson; and a half brother, Leon “Woody” Wilson.

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


Raymond Wilson
Raymond Wilson Of Dahlgren Died At Age 78
Raymond Wilson, 78, Dahlgren, died at 6:41 p.m. Saturday in Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a retired farmer and worked at the Mt. Vernon State Game Farm and for the state highway department for several years. Mr. Wilson was born in Jefferson County May 28, 1904, the son of Homer H. and Effie (Wicks) Wilson. On Dec. 24, 1925, he married Vivian Wilderman, who survives. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren with the Rev. Richard McCormack officiating. Burial will follow in Cub Cemetery near Mt. Vernon. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Murrel Eugene and Otto G. Wilson, both of Mt. Vernon and Donald L. Wilson of Slidell La.; three daughters, Mrs. Betty L. Gentle of Dallas, Mrs. Lois Wilkerson of Belle Rive, and Mrs. Lila Shelton of Dahlgren; two brothers, Homer A. and Ogal Wilson, both of Mt. Vernon; one sister, Mrs. Lelah Williams of Mt. Vernon; 25 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Mr. Wilson was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, one sister and two grandchildren.

Vivian May Wilson
Vivian Wilson Of Belle Rive Died At Age 82
Vivian May Wilson, 82, Route 1 Belle Rive, died at 3:35 a.m. June 20, 1987, at Life Care Center in McLeansboro.
A retired employee of Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory, she was born Aug. 18, 1904, in Jefferson County, a daughter of Lewis L. and Clara Elsie (Derrington) Wilderman. Dec. 24, 1925, in Van Orin, she married Raymond Wilson, who preceded her in death Feb. 19, 1983.
Survivors include three sons, Murrel Wilson of Opdyke, Gilbert Wilson and wife Molly of Joliet, and Donald Wilson and wife Marian of Deltona, Fla.; three daughters, Betty Gentle and husband Norman of Atlanta, Lois Wilkerson and husband Kenneth of Belle Rive, and Lila and husband James of Dahlgren; two brothers, Floyd Wilderman and wife Mildred of Bakerville, and Otis Wilderman and wife Minnie of Marion; 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren with the Rev. Richard McCormick officiating. Burial will be in Cub Cemetery south of Mt. Vernon.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The deceased was a member of Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother, a sister and two grandchildren.

William D. Wilson
KILLED IN FRANCE
S/Sgt. William D. Wilson
One of eight brothers, five of whom are in the armed forces, S/Sgt. William D. Wilson gave his life in France November 17.
The 23-year-old sergeant was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer H. Wilson of RFD 1. He had been overseas nine of the 29 months he served with the armed forces.

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


Byford Wilson
Byford Wilson, 74, of Mt. Vernon died 10:23 a.m. Sept. 23, 2002, at St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He had a lifelong profession of working in body shops. He was the owner and operator of Byford Wilson Body Shop for 38 years and prior to opening his own business, he worked in various body shops in the Mt. Vernon area. Mr. Wilson was born July 9, 1928, in Mt. Vernon to Joseph and Vesta (Dees) Wilson. He married Mildred (Brieseacher) Wilson July 10, 1948; she survives. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with a flag presentation service by the chaplain of American Legion Post 141. The Rev. Everett Lemay will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with Jefferson County Shrine Club walk-through services at 7:30 p.m. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilson is survived by two sons, Dennis Wilson and wife Sandy of Mt. Vernon and Dean Wilson and wife Lisa of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Bill Wilson and wife Jesse LaVern of Walnut Hill and Glen "Mutt" Wilson and wife Geraldine of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Fay Wells of Bonnie; three grandchildren, Dennell E. Wilson of Mt. Vernon, Erich A. Wilson of Mt. Vernon and Chris Palmer and wife Erin of Salem; three great-grandchildren, Ashton Palmer, Madison Palmer and Kaitlyn Palmer, all of Salem; a brother-in-law, Melvin Ballard of Mt. Vernon; a sister-in-law, Harriett Wilson of Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge 31 A.F. and A.M., Andrew D. Webb Chapter 160, Patton Commandery 69 Knights Templar, Ainad Shrine Temple East St. Louis and Jefferson County Shrine Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gayle and Lowell; and one sister, Vivian Ballard. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the church of the contributor's choice or Shriner's Children's Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Ill. 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

9-24-2002
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Effie Jane Wilson
Mrs. Effie Jane Wilson, of RFD 1, Mt. Vernon died at 2;00 a.m. today at the home of her son Melvin Wilson, near Nason. Her age was 67 years, three months and 14 days. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at South Hickory Hill Church, with the Rev. Ace Summers officiating, and burial will be in South Hickory Hill cemetery. The body will be taken to the family home at 4:00 p.m. today. where friends may call until the time of the funeral hour. Mrs. Wilson was born January 13, 1884 in Jefferson county, the daughter of William and Nancy (Oliver) Wicks. She was married to Homer H. Wilson who preceded her in death in 1949. Surviving are seven sons, Ogal, Homer A., Hosie M., Elisha and Raymond of Mt. Vernon, Melvin and Herman of Bonnie; one daughter, Mrs. Lela Hester of Bonnie; one sister, Mrs. Ollie McLaughlin of Mt. Vernon; and 31 grandchildren. One son William David was killed in service during World War II, and one son and daughter died in infancy.

Life Sketch of Effie Wilson
Again the recording angel of death has chronicled the passing of an immortal soul and we are reminded that this mortal life is at most only a few soon ending years. On April 27th, 1951 at 2:30 a.m. the soul of Effie Wilson left its earthly tenement to enter the better land where farewells are unknown. Her age at the time of her departure was 67 years, 3 months, and 14 days. She was the daughter of William David and Nancy Oliver Wicks and was born in Elk Prairie township, Jefferson county, Illinois. In September, 1903 she was united in marriage to Homer Wilson and to this union eleven children were born. Two of these children died in infancy. One son, William David, was killed in World War II. On Feb. 21, 1949, her husband and life companion departed this life. She leaves to mourn her departure eight children. They are Raymond of Belle Rive, Herman and Melvin of Bonnie, Ogle, Homer Alla, Elisha, and Hosea of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Lela Wilson Hester of Bonnie. She professed faith in Christ some 30 years ago at the church in Marco, Ill., and lived a faithful Christian life until her death. Of the monuments that will bear testimony to this good woman’s life none will speak more eloquently than the memory of her loyalty and devotion to her home, her church, and her God. She weighed the values of life and excepted only the true, the beautiful and the good. She leaves to mourn her home-going the above named children one sister, Mrs. Ollie McLaughlin of Mt. Vernon, 31 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren besides a host of other relatives and friends. Of such as she, it was said “Blessed are the dead that die in the lord from henceforth. Yea, sayeth the spirit, they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.”

Sweet are the memories
That never fade
Of our mother we loved
But could not save.
Our hearts ache with sadness
Our eyes shed many a tear
Only God knows how we miss her
The one we loved so dear.


George W. Wilson
The body of George W. Wilson 60, a former Jefferson county resident was found shot through the head at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the rear of a home where he was a border on RFD 3, Creal Springs, Ill. He had apparently committed suicide, according to Sherriff Lawrence Cannon and Deputy Virgil Yewell. Mr. Wilson had been ill since last August and had only recently returned from the Soldier's Home at Quincy. He was a veteran of World War I. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Myers Chapel in Mt. Vernon. The Rev. Marsh Harpole will officiate an burial will be in the South Hickory Hill cemetery.The services will be in charge of the V.F.W. The body will remain at Myers Chapel,where friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Wilson, was born February 26, 1890 in Jefferson county, the son of John and Evaline (Darnell) Wilson. He was a farmer. Surviving are a brother, Norval Wilson, and a sister Mrs. Allie Phelps of Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford



Herman Wilson
Herman Wilson of Elk Prairie township died at suddenly yesterday He was 54 years and one day old. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. tommorrow at South Hickory Hill Church, with the Rev. Ace Summers officiating, and burial will be in the ajoining cemetery. The body will lie in state at the family home where friends may call after 3:00 p.m. today. Mr. Wilson was born April 26, 1906 in McClellan township, the son of Homer and Effie (Wicks) Wilson.In 1929 in Benton he married Velma Beckman who survives. Other survivors include seven daughters Mrs. Imogene Pilson of Bonnie, Mrs. Mildred Russell of Bluford, Wanda, Judy, Janice, and Verla Wilson all at home; five sons Herman Wilson Jr., of Nason, Clyde Wilson of Mt. Vernon, Everett Wilson of Berwyn, Ill., David and Kenneth at home; a sister Mrs. Lela Hester of Bonnie; six brothers, Raymond Wilson of Belle Rive, Elisha, Melvin, Homer A., Hosie and Ogal Wilson all of Mt. Vernon and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter. Mr. Wilson was a farmer.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford



Homer H.Wilson
Homer H. Wilson, a farmer who resided on RFD 1, Mt. Vernon died last night at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. His age was 69 years, ten months and 18 days. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday att South Hickory Hill Church, with the Rev. Ace Summers and the Rev. Bird Green officiating, and burial will be in South Hickory Hill cemetery. The body will remain at the family home, where friends may call. Mr. Wilson was born April 3, 1879 in McClellan township, the son of Elijah and Elnorah (Wells) Wilson. He was a lifetime resident of Jefferson county. On September 10, 1902 he was married to Effie Jane Wicks, who survives. Mr. Wilson was a member of the Free Will Baptist church. Surviving, besides his wife, are seven sons, Ogal, Homer A., Hosie M., Elisha and Raymond of Mt. Vernon, Melvin of Sturgis, Ky. and Herman of Bonnie; one daughter, Mrs. Lela Hester of Bonnie; four brothers, Joe and Richard of Mt. Vernon, Waldy of Waltonville and Orlie of Jacksonville, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. Cora Britton of Mt. Vernon; 28 grandchildren. One son William David was killed in service during World War II, and one son and daughter died in infancy.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford



Hosie Monroe Wilson
Hosie M. WILSON Dies Suddenly at Farm Home
Hosie M. Wilson, 49, a well known Jefferson County farmer, collapsed and died suddenly last evening while working at his home on Route 1, Bonnie Mr. Wilson, collapsed about 7:25 p.m. while working on the contruction of a new septic tank. He was rushed by Litton ambulance to Good Samaritan hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Coroner John Richardson said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Myers Chapel conducted by the Rev. Roy Van Horn and burial will be at Wolf Prairie cemetery. Military services will be in charge of Jefferson Post 141 American Legion, of which he was a member. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. Mr. Wilson was born June 25, 1919 in Jefferson county the son of Homer H. and Effie (Wicks) Wilson. He was married July 22, 1967 in Mt. Vernon to Roma Morgan who survives. Mr. Wilson, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, was a member of the American Legion, Amvets and V.F.W. Besides his wife, he is survived by two step-daughters Wanda Oathout of Justice, Ill and Cheryl Morgan, at home; one step-son, Larry Morgan of Mt. Vernon; four brothers; Raymond, Elisha, Homer and Ogal Wilson all of Mt. Vernon; a sister Lela Williams of Bonnie; and three grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Joseph Wilson
Joseph Daniel WILSON, of Rt. 3 Waltonville, was found dead of an apparent heart attack at his home Tuesday. He was 78. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday,at the Fry Funeral Chapel in Waltonville, with The Rev. Carl Williams officiating. Burial will be in South Hickory Hill cemetery near Waltonville Friends may call at the funeral home after 5:00 p.m. Thursday.
Mr. Wilson was born in Jefferson county Nov. 9, 1891 the son of Elijah and Eleanora (Wells) Wilson. He was married in September, 1910 to Vesta Dees, who survives. Besides his wife he is survived by four sons, Glenn (Mutt) of Mt. Vernon, Lowell of Champaign, Byford of Mt. Vernon, and Bill of Walnut Hill; two daughters, Mrs. Vivian Ballard of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Marietta Fay Wells of Bonnie; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, six brothers, three sisters and one grandson.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Juanita Joyce Wilson
SIX YEAR OLD GIRL DIES OF LOCKJAW AT HOME NEAR NASON
Juanita Joyce Wilson Died At Age 6 Juanita Joyce Wilson, six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wilson, died at 12:10 a.m. today at the home a mile southwest of Nason of lockjaw. The little girl stuck a nail in her left foot about a week ago, Coroner Ben Roeder said, and the injury became infected, resulting in her death. Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon at Hickory Hill church, conducted by Rev. Ace Summers of Mt. Vernon, and burial will follow in Hickory Hill cemetery. The body was taken from Fry Funeral Home at Waltonville to the family home today, where friends may call at any time up to the funeral hour.

Coroner Ben Roeder was to conduct a brief inquiry in the death this afternoon

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: June 11, 1940
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Melvin Wilson
Melvin WILSON, of RFD 1, Mt. Vernon, died at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in Jefferson Memorial Hospital, at the age of 50 years, one month and 21 days. Mr. Wilson was a driver for the Viking Trucking Company. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, at South Hickory Hill Church with the Rev. Melvin Larson and the Rev. Grant Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in South Hickory Hill cemetery The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Thursday. At noon Friday the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour.
Mr. Wilson was born January 18, 1915 in Jefferson county, the son of Homer H. and Effie J. (Wicks) Wilson. On May 13, 1950 in this city, he was married to Jane Morgan, who survives. He is also survived by three sons, Melvin Dean Wilson of Beloit, Wis., Monty Russell Wilson and Gary Dwain Wilson at home; a daughter; Jean Alice Wilson at home; five brothers, Ogal, Homer A., and Elisha all of Mt. Vernon, Hosie Wilson of Bonnie and Raymond Wilson of Belle Rive; a sister Mrs. Lela Williams of Mt. Vernon; and two grandchildren. Mr. Wilson was a veteran of World War II, during which he served with the U.S. Navy.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Orley Wilson
Orley WILSON of Maroa, Ill, a former Jefferson county resident died Saturday at the age of 68 years, eight months and seven days. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Myers Chapel in Mt. Vernon. The Rev. Marsh Harpole will officiate an burial will be in the South Hickory Hill cemetery.The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call at any time until the funeral hour. Mr. Wilson, a farmer, resided in Jefferson county until about four years ago.
He was born January 17, 1881 in McClellan township, the son of Elijah and Elenor (Wells) Wilson. On April 9, 1905 he was married to Martha Black who survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Roy Wilson of Decatur; two daughters, Mrs. Clara Fairchild of Scheller and Mrs. Helena Harris of Waltonville; three brothers, Waldy Wilson and Richard Wilson of Waltonville and Joe Wilson of Mt. Vernon; a sister Cora Britton of Mt. Vernon; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Richard Wilson
Richard J. WILSON, 65, died at his home in Waltonville at 12:15 p.m. yesterday at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 17 days. Mr. Wilson was married to Vetra Dees December 22, 1923, who survives. also surviving are one sister Mrs. Cora Britton and one brother Joe Wilson both of Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be held at the Methodidt Church in Waltonville at 2 p.m. Sunday, with The Rev. Marsh Harpole will officiating. Burial will be in South Hickory Hill cemetery.The body will remain at Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville, where friends may call after 4 p.m. today.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Russell Wilson
Centralia
Russell M. Wilson, 66, of Route 5, Centralia, died at 3:40 p.m. yesterday at Veteran's Hospital in Marion. Mr. Wilson was born in Waltonville on Jan. 21, 1905, the son of Phillip and Ethel (Newell) Wilson. On Oct. 3, 1943, he was married, in Centralia, to Vera Perry, who survives. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Military Police, U.S. Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 446 in Centralia, and was also a member of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. He was also a member of the First United Methodist church of Centralia.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Keith-Swango Funeral Home in Centralia, with Rev. Don Burroughs officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6:00 p.m. Friday. Military rites will be American Legion Post 446.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Vera; his step-father, Sam Rightnowar, Waltonville; a daughter, Mrs. Judith Ann Wilkins, Centralia; two grandchildren; and a brother, Rex Wilson, Galesburg.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Velma Wilson
Velma Wilson, 90, of Bonnie died 8:54 a.m. March 4, 2003 at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was a home-maker. Mrs. Wilson was born January 10, 1913, in Jefferson County to John and Luna (Rightnowar) Beckman. She married Herman Wilson September 11, 1929 in Benton; he died April 27, 1960. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home. The Revs. Jesse Allen and Charles Frost will officiate. Burial will be at South Hickory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Wilson is survived by five sons, Herman Wilson Jr. and wife Barbara of Mt. Vernon, James C. Wilson and wife Marjorie of Ponchatoula, La., Evert Wilson of Mt. Vernon, David Wilson and wife Glenda of Humboldt, Tenn., and Kenneth Wilson and wife Dorothy of Bonnie; six daughters, Mildred Russell and husband Charles of Bluford, Wanda Smith and husband John of Opdyke, Barbara Fullerton and husband Winston of Ina, Judith Williams and husband Darrell of Washington, Janice Laur and husband David of Waltonville, and Verla Johnson and husband Jack of Ina; one brother Johnie Beckman and wife Jewell Dean of Mt. Vernon; sister in law Mildred Beckman of Bonnie; 35 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; several step grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She attended the Nason Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters, Imogene Pilson and Joyce Wilson; four brothers, Arthur, Howard, James, and Virgil Beckman; three sisters, Inez Engram, June LaSara, and Opal Beckman; four grandchildren, Donald Pilson, Carol Wilson, Carolyn Wilson, and Marlin Kent Smith; and one great-granddaughter, Michelle Brawley. For those who wish memorials may be made to the South Hickory Hill Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

*** Omitted from Obituary***
Also survived by brothers and sisters in law, Ogal Wilson and wife Violet, Viola Wilson, Shirley Wilson, Lela Hester, and Viola Wilson.

Mt. Vernon Register News Wednesday March 5, 2003
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Waldy Wilson
Waldy F. WILSON, 68, died at his home near Waltonville Wednesday at 10:20 a.m.. He was a well known Jefferson county farmer. He is survived by his wife Malissa; three sons, Virgil and James of Waltonville, and Veachel of Sesser; four daughters, Mrs. Ollie Hall and Mrs. Edith Odle of near Nason; Mrs. Virgil Eyre of Mt. Vernon and Miss Eunice Wilson of Rockford. Also surviving are two brothers Joe of Mt. Vernon and Richard of Waltonville; one sister, Mrs. Cora Britton of Mt. Vernon, and 22 grandchildren. Four brothers and two sisters are dead. The body will remain at Fry Funeral Home, where friends may call Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Antioch Baptist Church, The Rev. Marsh Harpole will officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Hill cemetery at Sesser.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford



Ann Woodrome
Ann Woodrome Dies; Funeral At Waltonville
Mrs. Anne Woodrome, 87, of 101 south 26th street died at noon friday at Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at ?:00 p.m. Sunday at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville with Herbert Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Bald Hill Cemetery, west of Waltonville. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. today. Mrs. Woodrome was born July ?0, 1875, in Potosi, Wis., the daughter of John and Anna (Rupp) McClain. On June 21, 1898 at Potosi she was married to George W. Woodrome, who preceded her in death in 1955. She was also preceded in death by a daughter and 11 brothers and sisters. Survivors include one son, Archie Woodrome of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mrs. Lee R. Lyons of this city and Mrs. Henry Schroeder of Carbondale; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grand child. Mrs. Woodrome was a member of the Central Church of Christ.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Alice Jane Wright
Wright Infant Dead at Birth.
Alice Jane, Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Wright of 312 Forrest, was dead at birth yesterday at Jefferson Memorial hospital.
Burial will be Monday at Mt. Olive cemetery in Wayne County.
The infant is survived by her parents James F. and Freda ( Austin ) Wright; five brothers Kenneth, David, Bobby, and Stevie, all at home; and the grandmother Ms. Lydia Austin of Keens,Il.

Source: Mt. Vernon, Register News 1961
Submitted By: Angela Dawn Wright <rawright@mvn.net>
Relationship : Niece of deceased


James E. Wright
James E. Wright, of 1607 White street, owner and operator of Wright's Radio and TV Service, died at 2:15 a.m. today at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, three hours after suffering a heart attack. He was 53 years, 11 months and 26 days of age. Mr. Wright was vice president of the Mt. Vernon Central Trades and Labor Council and secretary t reasurer of the local musicians union. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge. He was born March 1, 1913 in Jefferson county, the son of Ellisworth and Edna (Fairchild) Wright. On November 30, 1946 he was married, at Carbondale, to Wilma Kiebba, who survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by a foster son, James Blaylock, at home; a brother, Aven Wright of Fort Worth, Texas; several aunts and uncles and three nieces. Funeral services for James E. Wright, 53, of 1607, White street, will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Myers Chapel. The Rev. Mervin E. Chadbourne will officiate and burial will be in New Shiloh cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. today.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Richard Wrolen
Richard "Dick" Wrolen, 74 of Centralia died 9:30 pm, Feb. 16, 2004 at St. Mary's Good Samaritian Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was a truck driver for Hesco in Hoffman.
Mr. Wrolen was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Tamaroa to Phillip and Mary (McCoy) Wrolen. He married Lois Jean (Houghland) Wrolen Oct. 16, 1957 in Murphysboro; she survives.
Funeral services will be held 1 pm Thursday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. The Rev. Calvin Jean will officiate. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Friends may call after 11am Thursday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix.
Mr. Wrolen is survived by his wife, Lois Jean Wrolen of Centralia; sons Richard Dean Wrolen and friend Rhonda of Centralia, Robert David Wrolen and wife Lora of Centralia and Randy Wrolen and wife Kerry of Salem; daughters Sandra Howard and Husband Paul of Centralia and Nellie Long and husband Jay of Centralia; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and six sisters.
Mr. Wrolen was of the protestant faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served three years in Germany.
For more information you may contact Osborn Funeral Home in Dix at 266-7231

Mt. Vernon Register News
Feb. 18, 2004
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson



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