Obituaries

Pike County IL


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SARAH EMILY (GUTHRIE) CALLENDER , was born April 26, 2864 near Nebo, and passed away Aug. 5, 1947, at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 10 days. She was a daughter of Ira and Elizabeth Rowley Guthrie. She was married to William Callender and one son, Pharis who no resides in California, was born to this union. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and the following brothers and sisters: Nicholas, Etta and Charles Guthrie, Mrs. Delilah Boyles, Mrs. Amanda Myers, Mrs. Mary Conner. She is survived by two brothers, Thomas Guthrie of Louisiana, Mo., and John Guthrie of Modesto, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Buchanan of Nebo, and her son Pharis and family, also a number of nieces and nephews. Aunt Emma became a member of the Nebo Baptist church early in life and as long as her health permitted she was faithful to the duties of a beautiful Christian life. The funeral was held at the Nebo Baptist church at 2 P.M., Friday, August 8, by Elder Wayne Guthrie. Singers were Mrs. Lora Kinnamon, Mrs. Leota Collins and Mrs. Vernice Franklin. Pall bearers were Fred Conner, Robert Conner, Ralph Guthrie, Edgar Scranton, Ervin Harpole, and Ralph Hearn. There were many beautiful flowers which were cared for by Mrs. Hobbs, assisted by several ladies who were friends of the family. Burial was in the Allison cemetery.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan’s scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

DEE CAMPBELL , 85, of Barry, a longtime farmer, died at 4:24 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 20, 1995) in the Barry Community Care Center. Mr, Campbell was born March 17, 1910, in Richfield Township in Adams County, a son of Charles and Jennie Rathbun Campbell. He married Pauline Hoskin Oct. 28, 1950, in Barry. She survives. Mr. Campbell graduated from Richfield Township Grade School and was a member of Barry American Legion Post 222, Eldara Masonic Lodge 388 Ansar Shrine and Barry United Methodist Church. He had farmed in Pike and Adams counties all his life. Mr. Campbell was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, having served in North Africa and Burma, India. Sirvivors include a son, Gary Campbell of Barry; a daughter, Sharon Baker of Mount Sterling; four grandsons, Steven, Christo­pher and Robert. Baker of Mount Sterling and Scott Bennett of Barry; and three sisters, Edith Mayfield of Quincy, Ida Lightner of Moline and Elsie Coates of Camp Point. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Lewis Campbell; a sister, Esther Waack; and two nephews. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the Kirgan Fu­neral Home in Barry. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sun­day in the funeral home, with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or Barry United Methodist Church Maintenance Fund.
Contributed by Ella Tittsworth - Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves

ELEANOR (PARKER) CAMPBELL , 81, of Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation and formerly of Pearl died, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 at Eastside Healthcare Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1927 in Boiler Field Cash River Ark. a daughter to Tulley and Bessie Fry Songer. She married Frank Parker in 1942 and he preceded her in death Oct. 3, 1981. She married Lonnie Campbell in 1985 and he preceded her in death. Eleanor retired from the housekeeping department at the Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation. She greatly loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and enjoyed sewing, fishing, and ceramics. Three daughters, Barbra Myers of Howard, Kan., Lori McDaniels, Pearl and Ellyn Neal of Edwardsville, survive her along with grandson, Tom Parker that was raised in her home. Also surviving are nine other grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two great grandchildren to be born. Her husbands and one son, James E. Parker, preceded her in death. Cremation rites are being accorded per her wishes. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning

JOHN DREW CAMPBELL - Last week an item was publish­ed in the Messenger reporting Pfc. John Campbell missing in Vietnam. A later reported has been re­ceived: "The body of Pfc. John Drew Campbell, 19, son of Mrs. Irma Campbell of Pleasant Hill, has been found in offshore water near Da Nang, Viet Nam. Pfc. Campbell was a passenger in an amphibious tractor without power that was being towed down the Cade river by another vessel. The tow line broke and the dis­abled vehicle was carried out to sea and sank offshore, and the body was found where the vehicle submerged." The body of Campbell is be re­turned to the United States. Ac­cording to the report received last Wednesday night the body would arrive in about 10 days. Services will be held here for Campbell. Private Campbell was born at East St. Louis, Dec, 23, 1945, a son of Ernest and Irma Guthrie Campbell. He attended school here and was graduated from Pleasant Hill High school in 1964. He en­listed in the Marines the following August and was last home on leave last Christmas. He was a member of the Re-Organized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints.Young Campbell was active insports in high school, especially football, and played a starring role in the senior class play in the spring of 1964. Surviving besides his mother is a sister, Mrs. James Ball of Rey­nolds. His father preceded him in death eight years ago.
Contributed by Billie Browning (Billie remembers this young boy had a black and white dog that went everywhere Johnny went. When school started - the dog walked right with him and when school was over the dog would be there. A boy and his dog - they were best friends, and the life of a young Marine was taken too soon.)

LILLIAN (WHITAKER) CAMPBELL , age 89, of the Renaissance Care Center in Canton, Il. and formerly of Milton, Il. died Tuesday afternoon (February 23, 2010) at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born July 22, 1920 in Baylis, Il. daughter of the late John and Lena Brannick Whitaker. She married Jerome B. Campbell on December 30, 1939 in Palmyra, Mo. Jerome preceded her in death on July 16, 1993. Surviving are three daughters, Grace Helm and husband Jerry of Canton, Il., Mary Herst of Lake Ozark, Mo., and Frances Faulkner of Canton, Il.; two sons, Larry Campbell and wife Gayle of Viola, Il. and Richard Campbell and wife Rebecca of Lewistown, Il.; nineteen grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; one sister, Hilda Browner of Graham, North Carolina; one brother, George Whitaker of Millstadt, Il.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters, Brenda Stevens and Linda Stanley; a great-granddaughter Kelly Rae Penn; two son-in-laws, Dan Stevens and Carroll Stanley; a sister, Hazel Henthorn; and a brother, John Whitaker, Jr. Mrs. Campbell was a graduate of Baylis High School She was a member of the Milton Baptist Church. She loved to flower and vegetable garden and also loved canning vegetables. In earlier years, Lillian loved softball and played first base. She also loved tap dancing and playing cards. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday (February 27, 2010) at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Il. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery near Milton, Il. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association c/o Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, Box 513 Pittsfield, Il. 62363
Contributed by Billie Browning

MARIA CAMPBELL ,daughter of Nathaniel and Nancy Grimes, was born September 17th, 1855, near Nebo, and passed away Jan. 1, 1941, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Don Logsdon, south of Nebo, at the age of 84 years, 3 months, 15 days. She was united in marriage to Marion Heavener, Jan. 7, 1909, who preceded her in death. Then in later years she was married to James H. Campbell, August 31st, 1921. He passed away April 15, 1932. She leaves to mourn her departure one sister, Mrs. Mellie Marsh of Kansas City, Kansas; one brother, Jasper Grimes of Pittsfield, Ill; one daughter, Mrs. Lelia Logsdon; two granddaughters, Mrs. Velma Boyle and Mrs. Marie Ford; three great-grandchildren of whom she was very fond, Wanda Mae, Donna Lea and Billie Boyle, all of Nebo; also a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. She has been a member of the Church of Christ for a number of years, and was a faithful and loyal member, always interested in the Master’s work. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Jesse Smith at the Church of Christ, Friday, January 3. Burial was made in the South Cemetery at Pittsfield.

In an unsuspecting moment -- Came Death’s Angel quick and sure;
Took this kind, aging mother, -- To a land more fair and pure.
We will miss her, yes we’ll miss her -- From her old accustomed place;
We will miss her words of counsel, -- And her kindly smiling face.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan’s scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

RICHARD CAMPBELL ,59, of Lewistown, and formerly of Pike County, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was bom May 15, 1953 in Pittsfield, a son of Jerome and Lillian Whitaker Campbell. He married Becky Wisdom June 15, 1973 at Green Pond Christian Church near Pearl and she survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Miranda (Rick) Lingenfelter of Canton, Dr. Carrie (Adam Weiss) Campbell of Tremont, and Sarah (Curtis) Kenney of Cary; five grandchildren, Betsey, Owen and Avery Weiss, all of Tremont, and Sarah (Curtis) Kenney of Cary and Morgan and Max Kenney, both of Cary; two step-granddaughters, Blare and Drue Bohler of Canton; three sisters, Grace (Jerry) Hehn of Canton, Mary Herst of Florida, and Frances Faulkner of Canton; a brother, Larry (Gayle) Campbell , of Viola; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Norman Tippey and Kevin Campbell. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Linda Stanley and Brenda Steven. Mr. Campbell was raised in Milton and was a 1971 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Following graduation he began a career with Caterpillar in Peoria where he was a member of UAW Local 974 retiring after over 30 years of service. He had a passion for antique cars and trucks and enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He was skilled in the craft of tinkering and had a special bond and love for all dogs he owned over the years. Funeral services were Saturday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial was at Green Pond Cemetery near Pearl.
Contributed by Rosemary Reeves and Ella Tittsworth

DOROTHY L. CANNON , 84, of Pittsfield, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Pittfield Manor. She was born Sept. 29, 1926 in New Salem, the daughter of Harry and Helen Gerard Pease. She is survived by one son, Don W. Cannon; one daughter, Millie Harlow; five granddaughters, Deana Bobzien, Dawn Bores, Angie Hammitt, Gina Cichantek and Jessica Harlow; one grandson, Rob Bobzien; seven great-grandchildren, BJ, Cole and Gwen Bobzien, Alicia Piper, Jeff Hammitt, Jr., Abbey and Tori Cichantek; four great-great grandchildren, Alexis Hammitt, Bryan, Brylee and Bryce Piper; one sister-in-law, Reba Pease; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Leon, CW, Vinton and Eldred Pease; and two sisters, Eleanor Courtney and Lois Reinhardt. Mrs. Cannon was a member of New Salem Methodist Church. She worked at Brown Shoe Company as a clerk in the payroll office before retirement. Dorothy enjoyed playing bridge and was a fan of Chicago Cubs Baseball. Private services will be held at a later date, with interment at Gray Cemetery, near New Salem. Memorials are suggested to Gray Cemetery c/o Airsman-Hires Funeral Home 1232 West Washington, P.O. Box 513, Pittsfield, IL 62363. Condolences may be left to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield is in charge of the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

LEONARD CANNON , 60, of Phoenix, Ariz. died Friday, Oct. 1, 1982 at the home of his sister in Godfrey. Born in Nebo Jan. 14, 1922, he was the son of John and Lottie Sellers Cannon. He married Alice Runyon Dec. 6, 1941 in Florence, Ariz. Mr Cannon retired from the Air Force in 1961 after 21 1/2 years service. In 1979 he retired from the Phoenix post office. He is survived by his wife; his father, John, of Grafton; one son, Leonard R. Jr. of Phoenix; two daughters, Betty Jean Jeffers of Ft Cambell, Ky. and Barbara Jerousek of Phoenix; a brother, Ed, of Otterville; one sister, Joanne Wallace, of Godfrey; and seven grandchildren. The body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Virginia Hart Collection

HARDING CARR , 88, of Pittsfield, died, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at Hany S.Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Mo. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.. 8, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. John Wilkey will offici­ate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of servic­es Wednesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home. Mr. Carr was born July 31, 1920, in Bowling Green, Mo. to Barry and Dora Belle Rainey Can. He was first married Jan. 11, 1946 in Ilasco, Mo. to Marjorie Morgan and she preceded him in death Jan. 30, 1990. He later married Jessie Elizabeth Sloan May 2, 1992 in Pittsfield. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Janice Lynn Carr of Hannibal, Mo.; two sons, Craig Dwayne Can of Cape Coral, Fla. and Steven Wesley Carr of Grain Valley, Mo.; one sister, Blanche Perkins of Flint, Mich.; three step daughters; seven grandchildren; eight great-grand­children, two great-great-grandchil­dren; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Gloria Jean Patterson; two grandsons, Robbie Daniels and James Patterson, Jr.; six sisters; one son-in-law; James Patterson, Sr. Mr. Can was a U S Army Veteran of WW II. He was a purple heart recipient. Mr. Carr was a self employed bricklayer and carpenter and he also owned and operated Cans Transfer Company. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing pool, golfing and horseshoes. Mr. Can loved to spend time with his family. He was a mem­ber of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church. Mr. Can was also a member of the Pittsfield VFW and American Legion Post and past member of the Hannibal Moose Lodge. Memorial contributions may be made toAmerican Di abetesAssociation, American Cancer Society or the Hany S.Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Craig Dwayne Carr, Craig Dwayne Can; Jr., Michael Carr, Jordan Carr, Steven Wesley Can and Donnie Daniels, Jr.
Contributed by Billie Browning

INEZ M. (CONROY) CARR , 90, of Pittsfield passed away Wednesday morning August 27, 2008 at Pittsfield Manor. She was born July 17, 1918 near Pittsfield the daughter of the late Earl and Hally Crowder Conroy. She married Eldon Carr February 7, 1941 in Winchester. He preceded her in death October 12, 1994. Eldon and Inez lived in Barry until they moved to Petersburg in 1968. Inez then returned to Pittsfield. Mrs. Carr was a graduate of Pittsfield High School. She worked at the Gamble Store in Barry when her parents owned and operated the store. Inez had also worked at the Behrensmeyer/Keller Pharmacy and the Barry School cafeteria. She was an Avon representative for many years. Survivors include her son Reginald Carr wife Carolyn of Barry; three grandchildren, Chad (Joanna) of Quincy; Daniel (Brandy) of Hull and Amanda (Scott) Constable of New Salem, and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Carr enjoyed doing crafts, fishing, gardening and camping with her husband. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Pittsfield. She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters Aileen Ellis, Maxine Hall and a brother Gerald Conroy. Services were entrusted to Airsman-Hires Funeral Home of Pittsfield, Illinois

RAMONA JEAN CARR , 82 of Port Charlotte, FL passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Sterling House in Lehigh Acres, FL. Ramona was born June 26, 1929 in Atlas Township, a daughter of Clyde Emory and Emma E. Kennedy Long. She married Paul B. Carr and he preceded her in death on September 10, 1975. Ramona graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1947. In earlier years she worked in sales at the Dainty Dress Shop in Pittsfield and worked at the Red Dome Inn with Bill and Karen Goodwin during lunch hour. She retired in 1985 and moved from Springfield, IL to Port Charlotte, FL and since 2006 she lived part time in Pittsfield and winter months in Florida. She was a member of the Punta Gorda Elkettes 2606 and Port Charlotte Women of the Moose 1619. She volunteered at the Elk’s in Punta Gorda and in the local Thrift Shop. She generously gave and supported Mooseheart. Ramona loved to sew and made most of her clothing and enjoyed selling her sewing creations in different flea/farmer markets. She was a gifted “quilter” and her quilts are cherished by the Yaeger family. Ramona was considered a grandmother and great grandmother of the Yaeger family, Ed and Brenda Yaeger of LeHigh Acres, FL; Bobby and Anita Yaeger Kuntz of Pittsfield, IL and John Yaeger of Pontiac and a dear friend of Annie Yaeger and Roger and Dorothy Yaeger of Pittsfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Basil Wayne Long. There will be no services. Interment of ashes will be a long side her parents at Greenpond Cemetery near Pearl, IL at a later date.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

JOHN CARSWELL , aged 65 years and for forty years a citizen of Barry died last Monday with pneumonia. He was respected by all who knew him. J. W. White and wife, of Quincy; and Harry Hutchinson and wife, or Hannibal, were guests of friends and attended the funeral
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Quincy Daily Herald Thursday April 10 1890

CAROL ANN (SPRINGER)CARTER , 64, of Pittsfield died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy. She was born Aug. 19, 1944 in Pittsfield to Richard and Juanita Landess Springer. She married Robert G. Carter April 18, 1964 at the Greenpond Christian Church, and he survives. Mrs. Carter was a legal secretary for Lewis M. Grigsby Sr. for 35 years; she worked at the Red Dome Inn in Pittsfield as a waitress and bookkeeper, and she owned Sunnyhill Embroidery. She was of the Christian faith. She had attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. She was a member of the Junior Parentals and Griggsville Saddle Club, enjoyed doing ceramics, doing sewing, quilting, knitting, embroidering, crafts, horseback riding and showing horses She enjoyed holiday baking especially making fruit cakes. She also was a volunteer with the Pike County Food Basket Program. Survivors include her mother, Juanita Springer of Pittsfield; husband, Robert Carter of Pittsfield; a son, Kirk (Vicky) Carter of Bowling Green, Mo.; a daughter, Stacy Webel, of Baylis; two brothers, Robert (Linda) Springer of Pearl and Ron (Sharon) Springer of Pittsfield; an uncle, Maurice Funk of Jacksonville; close friends, The Lew Grigsby Sr. family; and four grandchildren, Austin Carter, Bailey Carter, Will and Dustin Webel. She was preceded in death by her father, and son-in-law, Rod Webel. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Brother Don Amelung. officiating. Burial was at the West Cemetery, Pittsfield. Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 13, from 4 until 7 pm at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to the Blessing Hospital, Pike County Red Cross, or the Pike County Food Basket Program
Contributed by Billie Browning

CHARLES HERMAN CARTER , 65, of Dow [Jersey Co., IL] died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 1981. A retired construction worker, he was the son of William and Belle Brayman Carter. Surviving are his wife, Judith; a son Ronald of Alton; two daughters, Joyce Sperry of Naples, Fla., and Kathy Burnett of Dow; two sisters, Mildred Cummings of Pearl and Susie Painter of Cottage Hills; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation was held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home, Jerseyville, Monday evening. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at a Baptist Church in Alton. Burial was in Green Pond cemetery near Pearl.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection
[On early census records he was Herman Carter, but on Social Security Death Index he was Charles Carter, b. 10 Jun 1916. vgb] Virginia Hart Collection

EMMETT DEAN CARTER , 55, or rural Milton died on Monday, February 6, 2006 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, IA. He was born April 17, 1950 in Pearl IL to Frank J. and Lillian Carlton Carter. He married Kathleen R. Hawkins on July 4, 1997 in Pittsfield, IL. Emmett served in the US Air Force. He was a security supervisor for seven years and six months. He received National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, small arms expert marksmanship ribbon, basic security Police Qualification Badge, Air Force good conduct medal with one oak leaf cluster (May 17, 1975-May 16,1978) Emmett was a retired deputy from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department. He retired from this position in 2000. He started as a dispatcher in December of 1979. Emmett also worked from 2001 to 2005 as a patrol officer in Pleasant Hill. Highlights of Emmett’s career include numerous drug busts and helping hundreds of people though difficult times. His motto was, as far as law enforcement, to treat people the way he would want to be treated if the situation was reversed. A scholarship trust fund has been set up in honor of Emmett for law enforcement. Emmett was an avid outdoorsman. He was a big part of Carter’s Hunting Lodge. He loved bow hunting, turkey hunting, and squirrel hunting. One of his greatest passions was taking the grandchildren out and teaching them the way of the woods. Emmett will be greatly missed this spring during turkey season. He also helped us with our logging and lumber operation. He had a Class A CDL and was an excellent truck driver. He helped his children and grandchildren along with everyone around him that he loved as much as he could. He was the best dad anyone could ever ask for. We never wanted or needed anything thanks to him. Survivors include: his wife, Kathleen R. Carter, three sons, Shawn Carter and wife Stacey (Shaw) Carter, Nathan Carter and wife Tammy and Guy McMahon all of rural Milton. Emmett has three brothers and five sisters Lorraine Mercer of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ervin Carter and wife Doris of Pico Rivera, CA, Eileen Pfeiffer and husband Charles of Erial, NJ, Barbara Hall and husband Richard of Pittsfield, Mary Bliss of Pittsfield, Leroy Bland and wife Doris of Brighton, IL Virgil Carter of Chicago, IL., Helen Murray and husband Joseph from Vancouver, WA and Dale Carter of rural Milton. Also surviving are Emmett’s grandchildren, Nicole Carter of Bluffs, Michael Allen of Pearl, Austin Shaw, Joshua Carter, Nate Carter, Lacey Carter, Tavior Carter and Nicholas Carter all from rural Milton. Preceded in death were his parents Frank and Lillian Carter and his maternal grandparents, also his sister Betty Carter/Bland of Brighton. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Pittsfield, IL. with Rev. Quentin Beard officiating. Burial at the Miller Cemetery, Pearl, IL. with military graveside rites by Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. Lunch will be served following the services at the Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2006 at 4-8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL.

VIRGIL M. CARTER , 76, of Oak Forest, IL and formerly of Pearl, IL, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Symphony of Crestwood in Crestwood, IL. He was born January 19, 1937, near Pearl, the son of Frank and Lillian Carlton Carter. He is survived by one son, Jerry (Beth) Carter of Oak Forest; two daughters, Joyce Carter of Urbana, IL and Karen (Tony) Sparacino of Plainfield, IL; six grandchildren, Jack, Alexa, Jospeph and Isabella Carter, all of Oak Forest and Anthony and Logan Sparacino, both of Plainfield; four sisters, Lorraine Mercer of Albuquerque, NM, Eileen (Charles) Pfeiffer of Erial, NJ, Barbara (Richard) Hall of Pittsfield, IL and Helen (Joseph) Murray of Vancouver, WA; two brothers, Ervin Carter of Pico Rivera, CA and Dale Carter of Milton, IL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Betty Bland (surviving husband, Leroy of Fosterburg, IL) and Mary Blish; and one brother, Dean Carter (surviving wife, Kathy of Pearl). Mr. Carter worked as a head signalman for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Chicago for 33 years, before retiring in 2002. He spent many years volunteering his time as a coach and umpire with Town of Lake Little League Baseball. Virgil enjoyed going to coffee and visiting with friends. A graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Miller Cemetery, south of Pearl. Family will meet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to Pike County Little League c/o Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, PO Box 513, Pittsfield, IL 62363. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Contributed by Billie Browning from Pike Press

WANDA CARTER , 68, of Alton, died at 2:19 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 1982 in St. Joseph's Hospital in Alton, following a lengthy illness. Born near Nebo, a daughter of the late Orla and Roxie Jennings Johnson. She was a hairdresser and owner of Wanda's Beauty Salon in Alton, retiring in 1975. She first married Delbert Charles Carstens, July 2, 1941. She married Clarence N. Carter on June 22, 1960. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, Cmdr. Delbert K. Carstens of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren; three sisters, Wanita Retzer of Brenvard, N.C., Fern Weese of Terre Haute, Ind., Louise Ewers of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a brother, Lavon Johnson of Nebo. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept 20, 1982 at the Gent Funeral Home in Alton with Dean Slocum and Billy Kincade officiating. Burial was in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens and Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Gent Funeral Home was in charge. Burial was in Rose Lawn cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

STEPHEN CASTEEL , whose home was in Griggsville, Pike county, Ill., came to Hannibal two weeks ago to visit the family of his niece; Mrs. David Evans, of 204 Shannon Street. A few days after his arrival here he was taken ill with kidney trouble and continued to grow worse until he finally passed away at 12:45 .o'clock yesterday afternoon. He was aged 86 years and had been a citizen of Griggsville for more than fifty years. When he came to Hannibal to visit his niece he was quite feeble on account of old age, but was as well as he had been for some time. The remains were shipped to Griggsville.
Transcribed and submitted by Delaine Donaldson - From The Quincy Daily Journal April 28, 1910
(Note from Christine Walters: - Stephen Casteel was born 15 October 1824 in Knox Co TN. Married to Elizabeth Rush 8 March 1849)

STEPHEN CASTEEL - The remains of Stephen Casteel were brought to this city for interment Monday. He was drowned about one year ago near Keokuk, Iowa where he was working with a dredging concern. He walked or fell from the boat into the river and though a thorough search was made his remains were not found. Friday some women who were gathering wild grapes on an island near Keokuk found the body where it had been cast up by the river. The remains were identified by his watch, clothing and other articles of personal property. The indications were that the body had been on the island for several months.
Transcribed and submitted by Delaine Donaldson - From The Quincy Daily Journal Wednesday, October 03, 1917

BUD CAWTHON , 98 of Pittsfield passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Bud was born in Pittsfield, IL on April 19, 1915, a son of Otha and Ella Daniels Cawthon. Bud married Clara Stone on April 14, 1937 in Pittsfield and has been married for seventy-six years. Bud was a veteran of the United States Army Infantry, serving in WWII from 1944-1946. In earlier years Bud worked at King Feed Mill in Pittsfield. He was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church, Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 and New Salem Sportsman Club. He loved fishing, trapping, hunting, especially coon hunting. Bud loved to swap and trade hunting dogs. He loved to be around his children and grandkids. He is survived by his wife, Clara; three sons, Bill (Barb) Cawthon of Pittsfield; Bob Cawthon of Kansas City; Tom (Patty) Cawthon of Pittsfield and a daughter, Debra (Dennis) Galbreath of Pittsfield. Twelve grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren survive in addition to a sister, Violet Landess of New Salem, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by brothers, Robert and Wilbur Cawthon; three sisters, Josephine Hull, Della Tolle and Eva Cawthon; two great grandsons, Chase Cawthon and Jeffery Cawthon and a half-sister, Lena. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Dave Kelly officiating and Bro. Al Laird assisting. Visitation will be held Saturday evening February 22, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 and Military Funeral Honor Guard.
Contributed by Bill Browning - Pike Press

CLARA B. CAWTHON , 96 of Pittsfield, IL passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Eastside Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Clara was born in Nebo, IL on August 5, 1917, a daughter of John and Percie Turnbaugh Stone. She married Bud Cawthon on April 14, 1937 in Pittsfield, IL. Bud preceded her in death on February 20, 2014. They had been married seventy-six years. Clara was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church and was very active in the United Methodist Women at the church. She was a former member of the VFW and Legion Auxiliaries. Clara was also a member and enjoyed traveling with the "Seventeeners Club", a club for those that were born in 1917. She loved attending the Pittsfield High School plays. Clara was a homemaker and loved to cook, go fishing and travel with her family. Her greatest love was her husband and large family. She loved having all of her family together at her home. She is survived by three sons, Bill (Barb) Cawthon of Pittsfield; Bob Cawthon of Kansas City, MO; Tom (Patti) Cawthon of Pittsfield and a daughter, Debbie (Dennis) Galbreath of Pittsfield. Thirteen grandchildren, thirty-one great grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren survive. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, three brothers, and two great grandsons, Chase and Jeffery Cawthon. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Dave Kelly and Bro. Al Laird officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Pittsfield.
Contributed by Bill Browning - Pike Press

EVA M. (DANIELS) CAWTHON , 87, of New Salem, IL died Monday, August 1, 2005 at 11:10 P.M. at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL. She was born July 18, 1918 to Otha and Ella Mae Daniels Cawthon. She married Earl Cawthon on August 22, 1936 in Vandalia, Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 11, 1991. She worked at the Brown Shoe Company in Pittsfield, IL. Eva enjoyed fishing, gardening, and bird feeding. Survivors: a brother, Bud Cawthon of Pittsfield, IL and a sister, Violet Landess of New Salem, IL. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, Della Mae Tolle, and Josephine Hull, and two brothers, Wilbur Cawthon and Robert Cawthon. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2005 2:00 P.M. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL. with Ray Davis officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, August 4th from noon until time of services at the Niebur Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Gray Cemetery in New Salem, IL.

FLORENCE L. (FUSSELMAN) CAWTHON , 86, of Griggsville, IL, died Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. She was born December 23, 1926 in Adams County, IL the daughter of Troy and Minnie Askew Fusselman. She married Wilbur Cawthon on December 30, 1944 in Pittsfield, IL and he preceded her in death on February 24, 2004. She is survived by four sons, Joey (Rosie) Cawthon of Pittsfield, Jesse Cawthon of Griggsville, Terry (Lori) Cawthon of Quincy and Ron Cawthon of Griggsville; one daughter, Dorothy (fiancé, Ray Silvey) Daniels of Vandalia, MO; ten grandchildren, Susan (Rusty) Camp of New Albany, MS, Trevor and Katie Cawthon, both of Jacksonville, IL, Tracy Cawthon of Wentzville, MO, Erin Cawthon of Quincy, Shannon Cawthon of Griggsville, Adam (Tori) Daniels of Pittsfield, David Daniels of Vandalia, MO, Troy Goyen and Amber Goyen of Quincy; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three brothers. Florence was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed sharing time with her family. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Bethel Cemetery, south of Griggsville. Family will meet friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral chapel in Griggsville prior to graveside services. A luncheon for family and friends will be served at the Detroit Town Hall. Memorials are suggested to Bethel Cemetery or donor’s choice
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HAROLD LYNDLE CAWTHON , 70, of Pittsfield, died at 11:15 a.m. Monday (March 16, 1981) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield following a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 30, 1910 in Pittsfield, a son of Frank and Sara Ryan Cawthon. He married Mildred Jackson Dec. 18, 1933 in St. Louis. She survives. Mr. Cawthon was an Army veteran of World War II. He was self-employed as a concrete contractor and until his illness operated a washer and dryer repair business. He attended Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene. He is also survived by six sons, Frank of Jacksonville, Larry of Bloomington, Jack of Pittsfield, Wayne of Baylis, Jim of New Salem and Ronnie of Normal; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Karen) Dehart of New Salem; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Jones of Pearl; two brothers, Paul of Overland, Mo., and Roy of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Niebur Funeral Home at Pittsfield, conducted by the Rev. Warren Holloway. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery.
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KATHIE L. (WATERS) CAWTHON , 57 of Pittsfield, died Friday. July 3, 2009, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Mo. Born Feb.16, 1952 in Quincy, she was a daughter of Kenneth L. and Ruth Carlene Summy Waters. She married Gerald E. "Jerry" Cawthon Jan.14, 1978 and he preceded her Dec. 22, 1998. Kathie was a 1974 graduate of Western Illinois University. Since 1974 she taught HOME Economics and Art at Perry High School and then at Griggsville Perry High School following consolidation. She was the Cheerleaders Sponsor and Senior Class Sponsor and referred to by her students as "Mrs. C." Kathie was a member of the Beverly United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Kathie enjoyed singing at church, for weddings, funerals, and many public and school functions. She was a member of the Early Tin Dusters Car Club, Pittsfield Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Illinois and National Education Assn. and served as the local president. She served as president of the Pittsfield Business and Professional Women's Club. Kathie enjoyed cooking, traveling to concerts and plays at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Mo., living on the farm as a child and young adult in rural Adams County, shopping in Springfield, going to and participating in all school functions, playing the piano, drawing in pencil and watercolor, judging art shows, and high school basketball games. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Carlene Waters of Liberty; a brother, Michael (wife Susan) Waters of Liberty; two sisters, Mrs. Jeanette (husband Mike) White of Liberty, and Mrs. Beth (husband Chad) Pruitt of Commerce, Ga.; two stepsons, Gary Cawthon of Jacksonville. In addition, Jim (wife Cyndi) Canton of Plymouth, Ind.; three stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her father, Kenneth L. Waters and her husband, Gerald "Jerry" Cawthon. Funeral services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Beverly United Methodist Church in Beverly with Rev. Lee Reffett and Lois Sorrill officiating. Burial was at Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield after 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Pittsfield Chapter order of the Eastern Star will hold services at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are to the Early Tin Dusters Car Club, Griggsville Perry Athletic Boosters or Pittsfield Chapter O.E.S., or Pittsfield West Cemetery.
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KEVIN E. CAWTHON , age 50, of Griggsville, Il. died Sunday afternoon (November 21, 2010) at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Il. He was born January 18, 1960 in Beardstown, Il. son of Sanford F. “Buzz” and Rose Mardel Conrad Cawthon. He married Theresa Lawber on April 22, 1985 in Perry, Il. and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Joshua Lawber , Brenton Cawthon, and Bryon “Bump” Cawthon all of Griggsville, Il.; a grandson, Chance Lee Lawber of Griggsville, Il.; one sister, Lynne Faller and husband Michael of Springfield, Il.; one brother, Nathan Cawthon of Griggsville, Il.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Kevin was a 1979 graduate of Griggsville High School. Following school he worked with his father at Perry Garage and Tire in Perry, Il. and Sanford & Sons Garage in Griggsville, Il. Later he was a truck driver for Western Illinois Feed in Rushville, Il. and Bruns Trucking in Winchester, Il. He was a past member of the Griggsville Sons of the American Legion. He loved the outdoors and fishing, playing drums, enjoying his dogs, and spending time with his family. Private interment will be held Saturday. A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon (November 27, 2010) at the Griggsville American Legion
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MICHAEL RAY CAWTHON , 65 of Pittsfield, IL passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield. Mike was born in Pittsfield, IL on July 28, 1948, a son of Glen and Georgia Pauline Miller Cawthon. After attending high school in Griggsville Mike worked construction. In 1968 he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the infantry during the Viet Nam Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1970. Mike returned to construction work until an accident took him out of the work force in November of 1980. Mike is survived by a son, Gregory (Evangeline) Dyer of Texas ; two brothers, Gerald (Connie) Cawthon of Griggsville and Steven Cawthon of Jacksonville; three sisters, Betty (David) Shoemaker of Perry; Barbara (Lee) Patterson of Pittsfield; Sharon Hurst of Perry; in addition to five grandchildren; five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Glen, Buzz, David and Rick; two sisters, Brenda and Carol. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Niebur Funeral Home with Rev. John Ruzich officiating. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield with graveside military honors accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 and Military Funeral Honor Guard. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Monday from 12-Noon until time of service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
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MILDRED EVELYN CAWTHON , 96 of Pittsfield, IL passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Mildred was born in St. Louis, MO on July 19, 1917, a daughter of Samuel and Silvia Mae Pound Jackson. She married Harold Lyndle Cawthon on December 18, 1933 in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death on March 16, 1981. Mildred and Harold moved to Pittsfield in the 1930’s and spent the remainder of their lives in Pittsfield. She worked for the Brown Shoe Factory in Pittsfield for twenty-five years. She loved growing a huge vegetable and flower garden. She made gardening a family affair and enjoyed teaching her children how to grow a garden. She loved to cook and enjoyed watching and feeding the birds. Mildred attended the Nazarene Church in Pittsfield. She is survived by her children; Ronald Lee Cawthon of Normal, IL; Jackie E. Cawthon of Pittsfield, lL; Larry E. (Judy Ann) Cawthon of Bloomington, IL; James D. Cawthon of Perry, IL; Frank H. Cawthon of Pittsfield, IL; Wayne (Peggy) Cawthon of Chambersburg, IL and Karen L. (Robert A.) Dehart of Pittsfield. Nineteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren survive. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one great grandson, Corbin Patterson, one granddaughter, Amy Hord, daughter-in-law, Lottie Cawthon, four brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Jon Kroeze officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield
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RICK RAY CAWTHON , 21, of Griggsville died at 6:52 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 1982 in Illini Hospital as the result of a one-car accident. Born Sept. 30, 1961 in Illini Hospital, he was a son of Richard E. "Dick" and Edna O'Hara Cawthon who survive. Also surviving are three half brothers, Mike, Pat, and Tim O'Hara of Beardstown, and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Skinner Funeral Home with the Rev Harry K. Deffley officiating. Interment was in the Griggsville cemetery.
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DONNA CHAMBERLAIN , age 86, of Louisiana passed away March 23, 2014 in Louisiana. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with Rev. Terry Cook officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the funeral home. Donna was born December 15, 1927 in Pleasant Hill, IL the daughter of Chedister Ball and Dorothy Margaret Capps Barton. On March 6, 1964 she married John (J.P.) Chamberlain in Bowling Green and he preceded her in death on November 20, 1997. Donna is survived by a daughter Gina Sanderson Stephenson; step-son Larry Chamberlain and wife Brenda of Bowling Green; grandchildren Amber Sterne and husband Bill of Louisiana, Aleasha Kiel and husband Woody Elliott of St. Charles, Jamie Anderson and husband Corey of Louisiana, Melissa Lesley of Frankford; step-grandchildren Anna Chamberlain, Jackson Chamberlain, Coleman Chamberlain, Justin Sterne, and Hillari Wilson; great grandchildren Abagail White, Camilla Sterne, Savannah Anderson, Payten Anderson, Brooke Anderson, Liam Elliott, Ahlana Wilson, and Lola Sterne. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Paul, Warren and Lawrence Barton; and a step-grandson John Wesley Chamberlain. Donna was a 1945 Bowling Green High School Graduate. She worked at several retail stores, was a telephone switch board operator, and managed the donut shop on the square. Donna enjoyed her cats and watching the squirrels and birds, but most of all she enjoyed going to Crystals and other places to drink coffee and visit with her friends. She was also known for her generosity amongst her friends and would always go above and beyond to help people.
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DURRELL B. CHAMBERLAIN , 90, of Nebo, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Durrell was born Jan. 3, 1924 in Nebo, a son of Bert and Esther Killebrew Chamberlain. He married Barbara Jean Kelly Oct. 30, 1948 in Pittsfield and she survives. Durrell was a graduate of Nebo High School and a U.S. Army veter­an of World War II, serving with the 439th Military Police Escort Guard Company in the European theater. He was self -employed in the trucking business and retired at the age of 88, after spending more than 70 years driving a truck. Durrell enjoyed going to horse shows and coon hunting. He was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church and the Pleasant Hill American Legion Post 1048 Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Barbara J. Chamberlain of Nebo, a daughter, Cathy Chamber­lain of Nebo, a son, Stan (wife, Becky) Chamberlain of Nebo, a son-in-law, Danny K. Guthrie of Nebo, eight grandchildren, Jerri (husband, Trent) Xjoodin, Jonathan (wife, Ash­ley) Guthrie, Jeremy (wife, Mallory) Davidsmeyer, Ashley Lewis, Tyler Voiles, Abigail Chamberlain, Kenny Roach and Tim Roach, four great grandchildren, Micole Guthrie-Gant, April Hodges, Jesse Davids­meyer and Caden Davidsmeyer and two great-great grandchildren, Ellie and Cobee Hirst. Durrell was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, Merle, in infancy, three sisters, Alberta Har-pole, Kathleen Jacoby and Margaret Chamberlain and a daughter, Phyllis Ann Guthrie. Funeral services were held Tues­day April 29 at 10 a.m. at the Lum-mis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Bro. David Hamil­ton and Bro. Don Hannel. Burial, with military honors, followed at the Nebo Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Spring Creek Fire Department or to Blessing Hospice of Pike County. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleas­ant Hill is handling the arrangements.
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KYLE D. CHAMBERLAIN , 79, of Pittsfield, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at St. John's Hospital. He was born March 16, 1927, in Pittsfield, Ill., to A.V. and Sue Easley Chamberlain, who preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Aaron Lee and Keith Thomas Chamberlain; two sisters, Mary Betty Chamberlain, Barbara Jean Chamberlain, and one great-grandson, Mason Allen Worstell. On June 7, 1953, he married Marilyn E. Kiser. He was a livestock feed salesman for 31 years, camp manager at the Mississippi Valley Christian Service Camp at Detroit, and Pike Press circulation delivery man for nine years. He was a member of Detroit Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Chamberlain; two daughters, Kylene Worstell and her husband, Tim, of Camdenton; Paula McLaughlin and her husband, Craig, of Lewiston, Ill.; a brother, Neal Chamberlain, of Champaign, Ill.; three sisters, Ruth Weil, of Sherman, Ill.; Esther Bowen, of Sherman, Ill. and Marilyn Matthews, of Griggsville, Ill.; and four grandchildren, John Paul McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin, Kyle Worstell and Nathan Worstell. Services for Kyle D. Chamberlain will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at the Detroit Christian Church with Pastor Keith Warner officiating. Burial will be in the Blue River Cemetery in Detroit, Ill., with military graveside rites by Pittsfield Post 152, under the direction of Niebur Funeral Home of Pittsfield, Ill.

MARY FRANCIS (HARRIS) CHAMBERLAIN - Friends in this section were notified Sunday of the death of Mrs. (Mary) Francis (Harris) Chamberlain, who has for several years been living at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred McCord, at Birchwood, Wis. The deceased was for many years a resident of Summer Hill. Besides the daughter with whom she lived, one other daughter, Mrs. Jennie Shaw of Boulder, Colo., survives. The remains are expected to arrive soon and will be taken to the cemetery near the Taylor school house for burial.
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PATRICIA (KINNAMON) CHAMBERLAIN - 80, of rural Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday morning Sept. 18 at her home. Pat was born April 27, 1933 near Nebo, a daughter Of Foreman and Grace Kinnamon Fields. She married Gail Chamberlain Dec. 15, 1951 at the home of Bro. Joe Maynard in Pi|sfield. Gail died Oct, 7, 2005. Pat was a graduate of Nebo High School and was employed as post-master at the Nebo Post Office for many years. Pat and Gail raised, trained and showed Arabian horses and were members of the Arab, Inc. horse group and the Pike County Saddle Club. Pat was a member of First Christian Church in Pittsfield and the church's women's group. She previously was a long time mem-ber of the former Nebo Christian Church where she served as pianist and organist. Survivors include two sons, Wayne (wife, Cindy) Chamberlain of rural Pittsfield and David Chamberlain of St. Louis, Mo., two granddaughters, Angela Chamberlain (husband, Adam) Hodgson of Schaumburg and Laura Chamberlain, a student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., two sisters, Joyce Lemons of Pittsfield and Jane (hus-band, Don) Smith of Pittsfield, a brother, Bill (wife, Susan) Fields of Adin, Calif, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a grandson, Christopher A. Chamberlain. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Pittsfield conducted by Pastor Michael Ten Eyck. Burial will follow at Nebo Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Mississippi Valley Christian Service Camp near Detroit or to First Christian Church. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements.
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MARCELLUS CHAMBERS - union veteran of the Civil War, died in the Pike County hospital at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon. He had been ill two weeks and had been a patient there six days. He was born in Lexington, KY, and would have been 95 years old his next birthday, Dec. 11th. He moved to Louisiana about 10 years ago and lived on South Fifth Street. Mrs. Chambers died at Nebo, Ill., in 1922. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. J. Bland Roberts, of St. Charles, Ill. Funeral services were conducted in the chapel of the Haley mortuary at 3:30 o’clock Tuesday by Rev. J. E. Chappell. Interment was in Riverview cemetery. The above article was copied from the Louisiana, Mo. Press-Journal. Mr. Chambers spent several years in this vicinity, as a spectacle salesman.
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COY EMILY (DOYLE) CHAPLIN , 72, of Hull, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1982 at St. Mary Hospital in Quincy. She was born Aug. 11, 1910 near Time, daughter of Bill and Alice Hemphill Doyle. She married Jesse H. Chaplin and he preceded her in death July 4, 1979. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. James (Helen) Robinson of Detroit, Mrs. Milo (Rhonda) Smith and Mrs Paul (Bernice) Klinefelter Jr., both of Pittsfield, Mrs Vernon (Virginia) Helms of Maynard, Ark., Mrs Bruce (Karen) Fowler of Hull, Mrs Ric (Grace) Sparrow of Tipton, Ia., and five sons, Hamer Chaplin of Texas, Billy Joe Chaplin and Lyndle Chaplin, both of Kinderhook, Jesse D. Chaplin of Hull and Danny Chaplin of Hannibal. There are 34 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs Irene Conkright of Pittsfield and Cecil Messick of Florida, survive, as do three brothers, Ross Doyle and Russell Doyle, both of Pittsfield, Floyd Doyle of Milton and several nieces and nephews. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Hull Baptist Church. McNabb Funeral Home in Barry handled arrangements.
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RUBY L. (URVIN) CHAPLIN , 83, of Rockford, IL., died Saturday, August 13, 2005, at 12:50 A.M. at Willows on Main, Rockford, IL. She was born October 22, 1921, in Perry, IL, to William and Ollie Sutton Urvin. She married Ora K. Chaplin who preceded her in death. Ruby was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church and enjoyed being the Communion Steward for 13 years serving with her sister, Ethel. She also began Meals on Wheels in Perry. She loved to cook and was a fabulous cook taking meals to many. This was one of her favorite joys. Survivors: A daughter Rose (Jim) Kinscherff of Rockton, IL, Three grandchildren: Jamie of Philadelphia; Erica of DeKalb, and Jonathan of Rockton. A stepson Owen (Maxine) Chaplin , 4 step grandchildren: Teresa (Larry) Muntz, Dennise (Don) Crotchett, Kerry (Karen) Chaplin, and Rhonda Zimmerman. She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren. Two sisters: June Baughman of Pittsfield, IL and Nola Main of Griggsville, IL. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a baby daughter Margret, a brother Clyde Urven, and a sister Ethel Sneeden. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2005, at 2:00 P.M. at the Niebur Funeral Home with Reverend David Schultz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Burial will be at the McCord Cemetery in Perry, IL.

EDWIN F. CHURCHILL - (14 February 1912) - Sunday was the 85th anniversary of the advent of our old friend into this world, and that event happened at Hartford, Conn., Feb. 11, 1827. He was the son of Charles and Lucy Churchill, natives of the state in which the subject of this sketch was born. Mr. Churchill grew to manhood in his native state at the age of 12 years, became an apprentice at the work and trade of a mason, which trade he followed continuously until the infirmities of age compelled him to desist. Mr. Churchill married for a third wife, Miss Rebecca Jasper, January 1, 1857, with whom he lived happily until she died Dec. 28, 2898. The funeral service was conducted in the Baptist church, Dec. 20 by her pastor, the late Rev. J. H. Young. She was a devoted woman to her husband and family; also to the church and greatly beloved by many friends. The children of this marriage are Stella O’Brien and Miss Katie Churchill of this city. There is one grandchild – Edwin Churchill O’Brien. Since the death of his wife he and Miss Katie have made their home with Mr. and Mrs. T. F. O’Brien, where the two sisters have tenderly cared for the aged parent.
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MARY E. (GALLAHER) CHURCHILL - 94 of Barry, passed away 1 Nov. 2006 at the Barry Community Care Center. Mrs. Churchill was born May 8, 1912 in Barry to Matthew and Cora (Kabrick) Gallaher. She was married to H. Seldon Churchill on September 23, 1932 in Barry IL. He preceded her in 1998. Survivors include a son, Keith, two grandchildren, Kelly Churchill and Betsy Kinney both of Springfield MO two great grandchildren, Marieta and Samantha Kinney of Springfield M. She was preceded by her parents, two sons, Wayne and Dale and two brother, Ted and Clayton Gallaher.

OPAL CLARKSON , 89, of Pittsfield, died Saturday, February 12, 2005 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield, IL. She was born on March 29, 1915 in Pittsfield and the daughter of John M. and Anna Frances Hemphill Shaffer. She married Howard V. Clarkson August 19, 1933 in Louisiana, MO and he preceded her on January 5, 2002. She was a member of the Pittsfield First Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, growing flowers and doing yard work and especially her grandchildren. Survivors: two sons, Donald (Sharon) Clarkson and Robert (Gladys) Clarkson both of Pittsfield, a sister Bridella Myenburg of Benton, KY., a sister-in-law Marietta Ogle of Collinsville, IL., six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Preceded by her husband Howard, five sisters, Ester Barnes, Ima Dunham, Trulla Ruess, Marie Shaffer and Ruby Elliott and two brothers, Kenneth Shaffer and one in infancy. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Burial will be at the Pittsfield West Cemetery. Friends may call at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 from noon till time of services. Memorials are to the Pittsfield First Baptist Church. A lunch for the family and friends will be the Pittsfield Nazarene Church Family Center.

CAROLYN (EDWARDS) CLAUS , 85 of Pittsfield, died Sunday, May 22, 2005 at Pittsfield Manor. Born Aug.29, 1919 at New Salem, IL, she was a daughter of Arthur and Ida Faye Woodward Edwards. She married Harry “Nub” Claus Jr. Oct.12,1945 in Pittsfield by Rev. Homer Brown and he preceded her on July 1,1992. She was retired from Brown Shoe Co. in Pittsfield and she enjoyed doing puzzle books as a pastime. Survivors are a daughter Mrs. Ralph (Sue) Dillard of Curryville, MO., a brother Glenn Edwards of Mt.Sterling, IL., two sisters Lois Bryant of Peoria, IL. and Imogene Hildreth of Griggsville, IL, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceded her husband, a brother Robert and a sister Vivian O’Donnell. Graveside services will be Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 1 p.m. at the Pittsfield West Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Dice officiating. Friends may call at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 from 11 a.m. till time of services.

CHESTER CLAUS , well known retired drayman of Pittsfield died about 5 o'clock Wednesday evening at Illini Hospital following several years of ill health. Mr. Claus suffered from Lukemia, and although he was able to be downtown occasionally, he could not work. Funeral services were held at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Plattner Chapel, conducted by Rev. Ernest Duling. Music was by Mrs. Irene Stone, and Mrs. Athene Schimmel sang " In the Garden." Pallbearers were Wesley Kibler, Harry Claus, Jr., Joe Claus, John Claus, John Grimes and Earl Zimmerman. Burial was in the West Cemetery. Chester Frederick Claus was the son of Wickham and Catherine Ballinger Claus, and was born Oct. 18, 1885 in Pittsfield, where he spent his entire life. He married Dora Branch in 1906, and she survives. Also two sons and a daughter, Donald Claus of Hollywood CA., Edward Claus of this city, and Mrs. Dee Peebles, also of Pittsfield. There are six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Harry Claus, Sr., of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Mildred Simons of Quincy. Chester Claus operated the freight and dray line from the Wabash station to the business section of Pittsfield for many years, and there was never a more reliable workman. When the Pike County Times bought their printing press in 1921 Mr. Claus hauled it from the depot to the office. It came entirely knocked down, and there was not a bolt or screw that was lost, and none of the larger pieces were broken or damaged in moving. This was typical of Mr. Claus' workmanship, and he could always be depended upon to do a good job. For many years the Claus family lived in the old Branch homestead, in the north part of town, and few years ago they took an apartment on East Adams Street, closer to the downtown area.
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DORA (BRANCH) CLAUS , formerly of Pittsfield died at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 1973 at the Four Fountains Nursing Home in Belleville, Il. She was born August 15, 1884 in Detroit, IL., the daughter of Edward and Anna Smith Branch. She married Chester F. Claus July 6, 1906. They had three children, Edward, Mrs. Wayne (Delia) Peebles of Belleville, and Donald. Sruviving are two children, five grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Mrs. Sarah Branch, and four brothers, Harry, Maurice, Stanley and Roy Branch. Her husband, son Donald and a grandson, Stuart Peebles, also preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Plattner Funeral Home in Pittsfield with the Rev. S.B. Parker officiating. Interment was in the Claus lot , West Cemetery.
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EUGENE C. CLAUS , 77, of Louisiana, Mo. died at 1:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 1980 at Pike County Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 27, 1903 at Atlas, he was a son of Frank and Marietta Dodge Claus. He married Birdella Kennedy in Griggsville on June 12, 1930 and she survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Leslie and Harold; and a sister, Edna Claus Barton, all of Pittsfield. A brother Alfred preceded him in death. Mr. Claus was employed as a plumber and steamfitter for 32 years and was a member of Steamfitters Local 562 of Sr. Louis. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at Sterne Funeral Home with burial at Pittsfield West cemetery. Dr. David Webster officiated.
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GLENNA L. (MALONEY) CLAUS , 92, of Pittsfield , passed away at the Eastside Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center , Sunday, May 16, 2010. She was born in New Salem, IL on August 4, 1917, a daughter to Benjamin and Norine Root Maloney. She married Joe F. Claus in Griggsville , IL on July 27, 1935 and he preceded her in death on October 14, 1988. Glenna was a graduate of the New Salem High School in 1935. She was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. She was very patriotic and enjoyed cleaning her house and doing yard work. Before residing at Eastside Heatlthcare, she was a resident of the Griggsville Estates and had enjoyed her stay there. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Herb) Long of Pittsfield, four grandchildren, Maria (Monte) Smith of Pittsfield, Tereasa (Steve) Shaw of Pittsfield, Larry (Pat) Casteel of Mt. Sterling, IL and Greg (Magie) Casteel of Bonaire, GA. Eight great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and a nephew, Dale Masterson of Colorado Springs, CO. also survive. Glenna was preceded in death by her husband, and sisters, Bernadean Johnson and Mildred Masterson and nephew Bobby Joe Masterson. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the West Cemetery in Pittsfield with Rev. Dave Kelly officiating
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SHARON DIANE CLAYBORNE - Funeral services for Sharon Diane Clayborne, age 59, of Bon Aqua, Tenn., will be Saturday December 27, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home with Farris Tidwell officiating. Place of rest will be in the Dickson Union Cemetery. Services under the direction of the Taylor Funeral Home. Mrs. Clayborne died Saturday Dec. 20, 2008 at her home. A native of Pittsfield, she was the daughter of Mary Ann Shepard Hammitt-Heightman of Pittsfield and the late Darius Hammitt. She was a homemaker and a member of Browns Chapel Church of Christ. Along with her mother, she is survived by her husband, Eddie Clayborne of Bon Aqua; sons, Steven Edward Clayborne of Dickson, Darius Kelly Clayborne of Bon Aqua; brother, Steven Hammitt of Rockport; sister, Shirley Baker of Savannah, Tenn.; grandchildren, Steven Daniel Clayborne and Paige Leah Clayborne; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
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RUTH CLAYBORNE - 86 of Pittsfield, Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Pittsfield Manor in Pittsfield. Ruth was born April 5, 1925 in Kell, a daughter of C. Ellis and Flossie Belle Templeton Kell. She married Frank Claybourne Dec. 12, 1942 in Clayton, Mo. while in high school. They were married five days when Frank went in the Marine Corp. during WWII where he served in the Pacific Theatre. Ruth had worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois Department of Aging and Illinois Bell. She is a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and Women’s Missionary Union where she served as the State WMU president from 1970 through 1973; she was a Sunday school teacher and served on the Illinois Baptist State Association Board of Directors. Ruth was active in Sorosis, as a volunteer for the Pike County Quanda, Pike County Home Extension, local church missions and the Salvation Army. Ruth was the founder of the Meals Plus for Seniors of Pike County. She was devoted to her church and her family. She is survived by her husband Rev. Frank Claybourne and daughters, Mrs. Ann (Bill) Spitler of Varna, and Mrs. Lynn (Ken) Gilmore of Springfield. Four grandchildren survive, William (Cindy) Spitler of Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. Amy (Dan) Levine of Chapel Hill, N.C., Catherine Gilmore and Elizabeth Gilmore both of Springfield. Five great-grandchildren survive; Hayden, Teddy and Ryan Spitler and Alice and Ellie Levine; a niece, Sue (Jerry) Mann of Greenwood, Ind. also survives. Ruth was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Rollinson and Mary Vance and a grandson, Daniel Gilmore and a great-grandchild in infancy. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield with Pastor Bill Herald officiating. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Visitation will be held Friday evening, March 30, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Calvary Baptist Church to be used for the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board offerings
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CHARLES L. COBB - 86, of New Hartford, a retired farmer died at 6:46 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 11, 1982) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, where he had been a patient for three weeks. He was born Jan. 7, 1896, in Pike County, a son of Horace and Hattie Fish Cobb. Mr. Cobb was an Army veteran of World War I, and a member of American Legion Post 152 of Pittsfield. He was a 60-year member of the El Dara Lodge 388 AF&AM. Surviving are nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lummis Funeral Home in Pittsfield, by the Rev. Gilbert Fletcher. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery.
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DONALD EUGENE COBERN - 78, of New Canton died Sunday Oct. 26, 2008, at the Chariton Park Nursing Home in Salisbury, Mo. Don was born July 6, 1930 to Alfred and Ellen Leeds Cobern in Kinderhook. Mr. Cobern worked as a machinist for Gardner Denver in Quincy until he retired in 1980. He ran a bait shop and had owned the Long Branch Tavern in New Canton. Don was an avid hunter and mushroomer in the area and loved hunting every kind of game. He loved visiting all his friends and especially his Poker Club and buddies. He was a long time Cardinal fan. Don loved New Canton and never traveled too far from home. He is survived by a daughter Elaine (husband Charles) West of Moberly, Mo.; a son, David Cobern of Macon, Mo; two grand-daughters, Christine (husband Peter) Kuntz and Maria Fatemi, both of Springfield, Mo.; and a grandson, Byron Cobern of Orange Beach, Ala.; two great-grandchildren, Loren and Christopher Kuntz of Springfield, Mo; two brothers, Bill (wife Sue) Cobern of Terrill, Texas and Dale (wife Claire) Cobern of Grand Saline Texas; four sisters, Donna (husband Greg) Lockerman of New Canton, Judy (husband Wayne) Swenson of New Canton, Patti Cobern of San Bernardino and Linda Williams of Moberly. He was preceded in death by his parents and grand-parents, his first wife, Fannie Kendrick Cobern; a son, Steven Cobern, two brothers, Wendell and Larry Cobern; and a sister, Jeanne Schulten. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Shearer Cemetery at New Canton. Memorials may be made to the New Canton Methodist Church Building Fund or the donor's choice
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STEVEN J. COBERN - 52 of Barry, died Monday, December 5, 2005 at the residence in Barry. He was born in Quincy, IL. May 2, 1953 to Donald and Fannie Kendrick Cobern. Mr. Cobern was an operating engineer, running heavy equipment in the area and working out of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 965A in Springfield, IL. He was an avid hunter for many years and was a member of the local chapters of the Ducks Unlimited and Quail Unlimited. Survivors include his father Donald Cobern of New Canton, IL. one sister Elaine West (husband Charles) and one brother, David Cobern, both of Macon, Mo. Also surviving is a half-brother Larry Cobern (wife Sandra) of New Canton, IL along with two nieces, one nephew, one great niece and one great nephew. Mr. Cobern was preceded by his grandparents and his mother, Fannie, who died in November 2004. Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, with Rev. Wayne Swenson officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded as per his request. Friends are invited to meet with the family from 11:00 A.M. Thursday till time of services at 1:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling arrangements

BARBARA J. COLEMAN , 56 of Pittsfield , Il. , died Saturday (11/21/09) at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield , Il . She was born Feb. 9,1953 in Pittsfield , Il. , a daughter of Alvin and Leveda McDonald Gratton. She married William Coleman Feb. 1974 in Pittsfield by the Rev. Frank Claybourne. Barbara was a member of the United Brethren Baptist Church in Baylis , Il . She enjoyed collecting angels and being with her grandchildren. Survivors are her husband Bill Coleman, 4 sons,Terry Bricking and William Edward Coleman Jr. both of Pittsfield , Leroy Houston Coleman of Glascow,Il., and Scott Bricking of Dixon , Il. , one daughter Mrs. Melissa Sue (Husband Bruce) Hull of Crump, Tenn. And five(5) grandchildren. Preceeded by a brother James McDonald. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jim Jacques officiating at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield . Friends may call at Nieburs on Tuesday from noon till time of services at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Gray Cemetery near New Salem,Il.
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EMMA W. COLEMAN , aged 27 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. S. Watt. Funeral Wednesday, September 22, at 2 p.m., from residence, 1725 Garrison avenue, to St. Theresa's Church, thence to Calvary Cemetery. Friends invited.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, MO September 22, 1886

JAMES COLEMAN , a life long resident of Kinderhook and vicinity, died at 2 pm Sunday from an illness of uremic poisoning, being ill but a short time. Mr. Coleman was born in 1847 and was 71 years old. December 20, 1867, he was married to Miss Chloe Liggett, who preceded him in death January 11, 1918. One daughter, Margaret, wife of J. A. Colvin, Harry of Joseph, Ore., Oscar of Canada, Dallas who resided with his father and James of Barry township survive, besides one brother, George of Oakland, Cal., and two half sisters, Mrs. Lydia Neumann and Mrs. Nora Johnson of Kinderhook. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Baptist church, Rev. J. J. Martin officiating and burial in Kinderhook Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson From the Quincy, Illinois Library Historical Newspaper Archive:

LAURA G. COLEMAN , 67, of Baylis , IL passed away Thursday, January 14, 2010 at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry . She was born July 15, 1942 in Pittsfield to David and Nellie DeJaynes Buchanan. Laura and James Coleman was married September 7, 1963 in Alton , Illinois and he survives. Laura worked as a CNA for fifteen years at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry and attended the United Brethren Church in Baylis. She enjoyed sewing, making and painting craft work, quilting, collecting porcelain dolls, and spending time with her grandchildren and family. Laura is survived by her husband Jim and three children; James Coleman Jr. of Auburn, IL; Gary Ray (Annette) Coleman of Baylis; and Kimberly (David) Starner of Baylis. Thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive along with one brother, Bill Buchanan of Griggsville and five sisters, Evelyn Cross of Brighton, IL; Ester Giles, Debbie DeJaynes, Nancy McDowell all of Pittsfield, and Diane DeJaynes of Baylis, IL. Her parents, a baby boy, a son, Larry Coleman in 1984 and a sister, Liza Mae, preceded her in death. Services will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, January 18 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with the Rev. Jim Jacques officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 1 P.M. until 2 P.M. at Niebur Funeral Home. Interment will be in the West Cemetery , Pittsfield , IL .
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JOHN L. COLEY , Pittsfield, Ill., July 11 - The death of John L. Coley, 63 years of age, brother of ex-county treasurer, Thomas H. Coley, and for many years a citizen of this county, occurred Monday evening from apoplexy and was a great shock to his many relatives and friends. For the past two or three years he had, with his wife and adopted daughter, lived on a farm southeast of Nebo and on the day of his death had spent the afternoon in Nebo apparently in his usual health. He started home in his buggy about 4 o'clock and a little later his dead body was found lying in the road and the team was leisurely making its way home. An inquest was held and after examining the body, which was found to be slightly marked where a wheel had passed over it and gathering the facts in the case the jury came to the conclusion that his death resulted from a stroke of apoplexy and so rendered a verdict. The burial took place Tuesday afternoon at the Burbridge Cemetery, south of town.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson From the Quincy, Illinois Library Historical Newspaper Archives

NEVA L. (DOSS) COLEY , 78, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret E. Hassenblug, Johnstown PA, Friday, Nov. 10. She had been in failing health for about a year and critically ill for the pasat month. Her remains were brought to the Plattner Funeral chapel in this city, Where services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with Rev. Ward C. Humphries of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial was in the West cemetery. Mrs. Coley was born in this city Jan. 28, 1872, and was the daughter of Dr. Chas. H. and Margaret Ann Thrasher Doss. Dr. Doss, who was a native of Kentucky, was a prominent physician here for many years. Mrs. Coley was a graduate of the Pittsfield high school and h ad spent most of her life in this city, up to eight years ago, when she went to Johnstown Pa., to make her home with her daughters Mrs. Philip E. Wagner and Mrs. Margaret Hassenblug. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Pittsfield, past president of the Pittsfield American Legion Auxiliary, in which she was a very active member. She was also a member of the local Eastern Star chapter.

Mrs. Coley is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Hassenblug and Mrs. Wagner, and twin sons, Doss E. Coley of Quincy and Milburn L. Coley of Coronado, Calif.; one son, Paul C. Coley, preceded his mother in death. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one brother, Dr. W.C. Doss of Santa Fe N.M. She had four deceased brothers and four deceased sisters. Mrs. Hassenblug and Mrs. Wagner of Johnstown PA and Doss E. Coley of Quincy were here for the funeral.
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ETHEL S. COLLARD , of rural Pleasant Hill, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry. Ethel was born July 27, 1919 in LeClaire, Iowa, the youngest daughter of Ira and Ethel Suiter Roller. She married John Raymond Collard Dec. 27, 1937, in Davenport, Iowa and he died Aug. 10, 1991. Ethel was a farm wife and homemaker. She and her husband operated the West Side Grocery Store in Pleasant Hill from 1956 until 1967. She had also been employed in Alton, Chicago and Davenport, Iowa while residing in those areas. Ethel was a member of the former Pleasant Hill Lioness Club, the Pleasant Hill Red Hat Society and the Pleasant Hill Senior Citizens Group. She enjoyed collecting dolls, painting, cooking, sewing, gardening, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. Ethel attended the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Raymond “Cutter” Collard of New Canton and numerous nieces and nephews. Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Harvey R. Collard, five sisters, Irene, Elsie, Ruth, Mossaline and Virginia and by two brothers, Ross and William. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Pastor Sheri Renner and Don Peebles. Burial followed at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill
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GENE COLLARD , 82, of rural Rockport, died Tuesday May 17, 2011, at Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana, Mo, after a long illness. Pete was born May 29, 1928, in his rural Pleasant Hill home “by the Sny." He was the son of Ray “Brownie” and Mabel Snyder Collard. He had ten siblings of whom four brothers and four sisters have preceded him in death. A brother, Carl Collard of California and a sister, Mae Mueller of Pittsfield survive. Pete and his large family resided in the Pleasant Hill river bottoms attending a one-room school house, the Prairie Mound School, “walking barefoot uphill both ways.” He and his family were the first to plant, raise and market soybeans in the area. While his siblings went on to other endeavors, Pete stayed in the area and became a life long farmer. He had also worked for the Fish & Wildlife Service building all the roads on the Mark Twain Federal Refuge, formerly called the Del Air Refuge. Pete met and married Anna Marie Ziegler from Clarksville, Mo. 60 years ago July 21, 1951 at the St. Joseph Rectory in Louisiana, Mo. They raised four sons and lived in the bottoms near Pike Station and later moved to the “Beckenholt Place” between Atlas and Pike Station on IL Route 54. Pete was a member of the Louisiana Boat Club and a long time member of the Louisiana Elks 791 Lodge. He enjoyed his friends and the occasional poker game. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing as well. Pete never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting as well as telling the most entertaining true life stories. He greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and always had a tale or two to tell them about the “old days”. Pete is survived by his wife, Anna Collard; his sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Cathy (Wright) Collard of Bowling Green, Mo., Donald “Tiny” and Denise (Manson) Collard and Dennis “Spud” and Pam (Craig) Collard, all of Pleasant Hill and Tim and Jan (Fritz) Collard of Harrisburg, Mo. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services for Gene “Pete” Collard were held at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill Saturday, May 21. Visitation was from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the funeral immediately following. Rev. Francis Sheppard and Rev. Mark Sheppard officiated. Following the interment at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, a meal was served for all friends and family at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, the American Cancer Society, Pike County Hospice of Missouri, or the Blessing Hospice of Illinois. Story teller, friend, loving husband, father and grandfather all sum up the essence of a wonderful man, Pete Collard, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

JOHN RAYMOND COLLARD , 77, of Pleasant Hill died Saturday, Aug. 10, 1991 in St John's Hospital, Springfield. Born Nov. 13, 1913 in Pleasant Hill, he was i son of Harvey Ray and Mabel Snyder Collard. He mar­ried Ethel S. Roller Dec. 27, 1937 in Davenport, Ia. She survives. A farmer, Mr Collard and his wife operated West Side Market in Pleasant Hill 1956-1967. He then worked for the Iowa and Illinois Gas and Electric Co. in Davenport, Iowa, until his retirement in 1977. He had been the Pleasant Hill Township road commissioner for the last eight years. Survivors include one son, Ray­mond (Cutter) of Davenport; four brothers, Guy of Pleasant Hill, Carl of Ukiah, Calif., Paul of Pittsfield and Gene of Rockport; and five sis­ters, Marie Newkirk and Virginia Kozel, both of Chicago, Mae Muell­er of Pittsfield, Allyene Robinson of Norwalk, Calif., and Harriet Lou of Florida. He was preceded in death by one son, Harvey R., and one brother, James M. Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Ward Lummis Funeral Home by the Rev. Jerry Webster. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
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PAUL W. COLLARD , 83, of Pittsfield passed away Sunday evening November 15, 2009 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield . He was born on the family farm near Pleasant Hill on August 25, 1926, a son to Harvey Ray and Mabel Iva Snyder Collard. He married Helen Scranton on August 16, 1947 in Pittsfield and she preceded him in death on November 20, 1984. On August 26, 1992, Bob and Nancy Miller were married in Eureka Springs , AK . Bob worked for Community Gas as a truck and delivery driver and then worked for Pittsfield Skelgas as branch manager before retiring. He was a member of the Pittsfield First Christian Church, a Navy veteran serving in WWII, and belonged to the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152, Pike County VFW , Pittsfield Moose Lodge #420, and Pittsfield Steak Club. He enjoyed fishing and going to the farm, his grandchildren, following the stock market, and turkey, deer, quail and rabbit hunting. His wife Nancy, son Larry (Candy) Collard, and daughter Paula ( Kent ) Hawley of Pittsfield survive him. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Benjamin Paul Thompson, Sydney Elaine Hawley, Lauren Anne Hawley, Cindy Michelle DeJaynes and Mathew Paul Collard; two great grandchildren, William Paul DeJaynes and Andrew Nicholas DeJaynes; stepsons Mark Reel of Kansas City, Mo., Doug Reel and Brent Reel of Phoenix, AZ.; brothers Carl (Jean) Collard of Ukia, CA., Pete (Anna) Collard of Pleasant Hill, and sister Mrs Mae Mueller of Pittsfield along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers John Raymond, Guy Cecil, James Myrl, and sisters Marie Newkirk, Allyene Robinson , Virginia Kozell, and Harriett Lou Paulinsky, and one step son, Brian Reel. Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Michael TenEyck officiating. Interment will be in the Pittsfield West Cemetery with military graveside rites being accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. A lunch for family and friends will be held after the service at the Pittsfield Crossroads Center . Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, November 17 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield . Family suggests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Pittsfield First Christian Church, the Pittsfield Legion Post #152, or Illini Community Hospital Chemotherapy Department.
COntributed by Billie Browning from the Niebur website

FRANK W. COLLVER , 86 of Pittsfield, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the Pittsfield Manor in Pittsfield. He was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Pittsfield to Frank P.S. and Eva Hoos Collver. He married Roberta Goodin in Detroit Oct. 9, 1943. She preceded him in death Oct. 26, 2008. Curly served in the US Navy aboard a Mine-Sweeper during WWII. His Mine-Sweeper cleared mines prior to the invasion of Normandy. After the war, Curly returned to Pittsfield and started the Collver Candy Company. When his brother, James "Tip" returned after serving in the Navy in the Korean War, they operated the "Comrades Inn" on the square in Pittsfield. They operated the "Collver Sporting Goods" and later purchased the "Bowl" Restaurant/Lounge/Bowling Alley, which they ran until the late 1960s. Curley farmed in the Time and Sunny Hill Area. Curly was a member of the Pittsfield Lodge #790 A.F. & A.M., Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine Temple at Springfield, Ansar Shrine Temple Legion of Honor, Pike County Shrine Club, and Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. He sold Federal Crop Insurance for many years all over the State of Illinois along with his wife, Roberta. Curly was a member of the First Christian Church, Pittsfield. He graduated from Higbee High School in Pittsfield and attended Illinois College in Jacksonville studying to be a pharmacist. His studies were interrupted by WWII. His hobbies included stain glass, wood carving, woodworking and traveling with Roberta. Survivors include a son, Craig (Caree) Collver of Pittsfield, three daughters, Mrs. Carol O'Malley of Pittsfield, Mrs. Alexander (Caren) Goloff, Jr. of Elburn, and Mrs. Chris Farrington of Glen Ellyn; Five Grandchildren, Mrs. Kent (Wendy) Cox of Pittsfield, Rhett (Kami) Collver of Irvine, Calif., Nathan Collver of St. Louis, Mo., Megan and Travis Farrington of Glen Ellyn, seven great-grandchildren, a brother, James (Phyllis) Collver, and two nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eva Collver and a sister Mantha. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield with Michael Ten Eyck officiating. Burial will be at the Goodin Cemetery with military graveside rites by Pittsfield Post #152. Visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 10 until noon at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield. A Masonic service will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the First Christian Church by Pittsfield Lodge #790A.F. & A.M.
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PHYLLIS COLLVER - 77 of Pittsfield passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012 at her residence in Pittsfield. Phyllis was born December 25, 1934 in Detroit, IL, a daughter of A.L. and L. Katherine Dolbow Smith. She married James “Tip” Collver on October 27, 1962 and he survives. Phyllis graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1953 and had worked for the State of Illinois in Springfield, Air National Guard in Arlington Heights, IL, Pittsfield City Hall and Pike County Health Department for twenty-two years. Phyllis was presently co-owner of Collver Winery in Barry, IL since 2002. She was a member of the Barry Business Association. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crossword puzzles, collecting depression glass, going to auctions, playing games on the computer, reading, playing cards, watching soap operas, flower gardening and playing bridge. Phyllis is survived by her husband “Tip” and three children, Andrea (Les) Hess, Tim and Andy Collver all of Pittsfield and grandchildren, Rachel and Matthew Hess and Jace and Julia Collver. Additional survivors are a brother, Paul (Mary Jane) Smith of St. Peters, MO, three nieces and two nephews; six great nieces and four great nephews; one great great niece and one great great nephew. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.
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ROBERTA (GOODIN) COLLVER - 85, of Pittsfield died Oct.26, 2008, at the Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield. She was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Detroit to Dr. George J. and Nancy Haskins Goodin. She married Frank W. "Curley" Collver Oct. 9, 1943 at Detroit by Rev. Joe T. Maynard. She worked at Brant's in Pittsfield and was a teacher's aid. She worked at the candy business with her husband Curley and the Bowl restaurant and bowling alley. During WWII lived in Colorado and worked in a munitions factory. She was a member of the Pittsfield First Christian Church, attended McMurray College at Jacksonville and Gem City College in Quincy, PTA, Brownie leader, Old Orchard Country Club charter member, enjoyed oil, china painting (ceramics) stained glass, quilting, tole painting. She enjoyed cooking, reading, working in her flower garden. Survivors include her husband, Frank W, "Curley" Collver; a son, Craig (Carrie) Collver of Pittsfield; three daughters, Mrs. Carol O'Malley of Pittsfield, Mrs. Alexander (Caren) Goloff, Jr. of Elburn, and Mrs. Chris Farrington of Glen Ellyn; five grandchildren, Mrs. Kent (Wendy) Cox of Pittsfield, Rhett (Karen) Collver of Irvine, Calif., Nathan Collver of St. Louis, Mo. and Megan and Travis Farrington and Glen Ellyn; and seven great-grandchildren. Preceded by a sister, Dolores Buckham and three brothers, Wallace, Willis and Vincent Goodin. Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield with Michael Ten Eyck officiating. Burial will be at the Goodin Cemetery near Pittsfield. Lunch will be served at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall following the services. Visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5-8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
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BILLY COOK , 87 of Pittsfield and formerly of Milton passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield. Born in Milton, IL on August 22, 1925, Billy Joe was a son of Leonard and Edna Johnson Cook. He married Elinor A. Smith on August 29, 1958 in Bowling Green, MO and she survives. Billy Joe was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a grain and livestock farmer near Milton for many years. He was a member of the Milton Christian Church and served as deacon, a member of the Milton Masonic Lodge, served on the Smith Cemetery and Douglas Cemetery Boards, a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau and the Pike Promenators Square Dance Club. He enjoyed having coffee with the guys at Dinks Diner and playing cards games at FS and Richters with the guys. He loved boating and water skiing and playing ball with the grandkids. He never missed a ballgame of his daughter, Elaine and his grandsons. He is survived by his wife, Elinor and two daughters, Joellen (Courtney) Wade of Pittsfield and Elaine Cook of Springfield; two grandsons, Craig Riley of Sherman, IL and Scott (Kayla) Riley of Milton; four great grandchildren, Hunter, Delaina, Kamryn and Seton Riley. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Milton Christian Church with Bro. Jerry Edison officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, June 20, 2013 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery near Milton with graveside military honors accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 and the Military Funeral Honor Guard. A lunch will be served for family and friends at the Milton Christian Church Fellowship Hall after interment. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Milton Christian Church or Passages Hospice. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.
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EVELYN S. (THOMAS) COOK , 89, of Louisiana, MO., formerly of Oak Park and a Pleasant Hill native, died Wed., June 15, 1994 in Smith-Barr Nursing Home in Louisiana. Born Aug 21, 1904 in Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of Albert J. and Etta J. Trimmer Thomas. She was a junior high school teacher in Oak Park schools for many years, a member of Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Association of University Women, Pi Gamma Mu national honorary society and Oak Park Historical Society. She attended Illinois State University and Chicago and Northwestern universities and was a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Park. On July 6, 1947 she married Carroll H. Cook in Bloomington. He died June 7, 1968. Survivors include a cousin, Elizabeth "Tib" Thomas of Pleasant Hill. Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday June 17, 1994 in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Greg Carr. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be made to Crescent Heights Cemetery Association.

LOTTIE (WADE) COOK , 74, of R 1, Pittsfield, died Nov. 2, 1981 at the Pittsfield Care Center. Services were at 2 p.m. Nov. 4, in Coonrod Funeral Home, Winchester, with Dr John Wilkey officiating. Internment was in Blue River cemetery in Pike county. Born Nov. 27, 1906 in Florence, Mrs Cook was a daughter of James and Allie Goble Wade. She married Orbin Gresham. In 1933 she married Charles Cook. He died in 1972. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs John (Eileen) Swartz of R 1, Pittsfield; three grandsons, David, Jim and Rex Swartz, all of rural Pittsfield; three brothers, Richard Wade of Pittsfield, Frank Wade of Florence and George Wade of Detroit. Mrs Cook was a member of the Florence United Methodist Church.
Trancribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

SHIRLEY A. (LACKSHIEDE) COOK , 68 of Perry, died Friday, July 22, 2011 at her residence in Perry. She was born April 23, 1943 in Perry, a daughter to Cecil and Zelma May DeWitt Lackshiede. She married Tommy Edward Cook and he preceded her in death. In previous years Shirley had been employed at G&W Furniture in Pittsfield, IL and at the Illinois Secretary of State in Springfield, IL. She attended the Perry Presbyterian Church. Shirley enjoyed visiting with family and friends, shopping and her dogs. She is survived by a step grandson, Gene Gantz of Petersburg, IL, two aunts, Blanche Liehr and Mary DeWitt both of Perry, IL and several cousins. She was preceded in death by an uncle, Guy DeWitt. Cremation rites will be accorded and interment of ashes will be held at a later date at McCord Cemetery near Perry. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements. Springfield, IL. She attended the Perry Presbyterian Church. Shirley enjoyed visiting with family and friends, shopping and her dogs. She is survived by a step grandson, Gene Gantz of Petersburg, IL, two aunts, Blanche Liehr and Mary DeWitt both of Perry, IL and several cousins. She was preceded in death by an uncle, Guy DeWitt. Cremation rites will be accorded and interment of ashes will be held at a later date at McCord Cemetery near Perry. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

KENNETH E. COOKE , 73 of Pittsfield, died Sunday. December 31, 2006 at his winter home in Rockport, TX. Born Aug.15,1933 at Freeport, KS., he was a son of George and Ethel Schidler Cooke. He married Nadine Matthews Aug.2,1969 in Jefferson City, MO. and she survives. He graduated from University of Missouri and served his country in the US Army stationed in Germany. He was employed by the United States Government as supervisor of the Pittsfield office of the Farm and Home Administration. He was a member of the Pike County V.F.W. Post # 9513 and Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. He loved to play golf at Bow Lake Golf Coarse in Barry, IL and he enjoyed gardening. For the last 15 years he and his wife have spent their winters in Texas. Survivors include his wife Nadine of Pittsfield, one brother Charles Cooke of Fulton, MO. and a sister Marjorie Metz of Wellington, KS. Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with burial at Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City, MO. Friends may call Saturday, January 6, 2007 after 9 a.m. till time of services at Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL. Military rites will be conducted by Pike County VFW Post 9513 following services at Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL on Saturday, January 6, 2007

CLYDE W. COOLEY - Services for Clyde W. Cooley of Fishhook were held at 10 a.m. Monday in Skinner Funeral Home with Brother Joe Maynard officiating. Interment was in McCord cemetery at Perry. Mr. Cooley, 82, died Oct. 4, 1980 in Illini Hospital. Born Sept. 30, 1898 in Fairmount township, he was a son of William and Stella Bowman Cooley. He married Vera Zimmerman Sept. 28, 1918. She died Feb. 20, 1959. He married Ruby Baker in July, 1960. She preceded in death Dec. 15, 1972. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs Robert (Glenna) Baldwin of Perry; a son Delbert of Perry; a brother Nile Cooley of Fowler; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers, Mrs Blanche Martin, Mrs Nina Walters, Charles, Glen, Floyd and Leone Cooley.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart collection.

EDITH (GLECKLER) COOLEY , passed away Thursday night quite suddenly. She has been an invalid the past two years and was confined to a wheel chair following the fracture of a vertebra in her neck and a fractured hip suffered a few months later. She became ill at the supper table and passed away soon after. It is thought she suffered a stroke. She is survived by her husband and seven children, namely: Marion of California, Leano of Washington; Fern of Chicago; Charles of Avon; Alvin of Roseville; Sarah Katherine of Mt. Sterling and Wilmot of Fish Hook. A brother, Frank Gleckler of Baylis and a sister, Leah Bradbury of Galesburg also survive. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the U.B. church in Fish Hook with burial in the Woodland Cemetery, near Fish Hook.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Source: News clipping hand dated Nov. 16, 1950

EDWIN FRANCIS COOLEY - was born in Cayuga county, New York, near the town of Metz on 7 July 1845. He came with his parents to Illinois in the year 1848. He raised his brother and sister after his father, Wells, disappeared. His mother lived with him at the time of the 1880 census. He was united in marriage with Miss Sarah H. Henthorn in the year of 1865; there was to this union seven children, two sons and five daughters, of which three daughters have preceded him to the spirit world. He has left behind his widow, two sons and two daughters, and several grandchildren; he also leaves one brother, Albert Wells Cooley of Brown County, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Alice Hobbs of Chambersburg, Illinois. He was a kind husband, a loving father and a dear brother; he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Mr. Cooley was converted and united with the M. E. church in the year 1871 and lived a consistent member of this organization until his death, which occurred at his home near Fish Hook, IL June 14, 1906. Funeral services were held at Woodland church on the 15th and interment made in the graveyard of same church, services conducted by Rev. W. G. Hamilton.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Baylis Guide - 22 June 1906

GLENN B. COOLEY ,69, of Bushnell, a native of Pike County, died Sunday morning at 1:45 in McDonough District hospital at Macomb from injuries sustained Saturday night when a car driven by his wife, Mini, 68, collided with another auto on Route 136 east of Macomb. Mrs. Cooley and the other driver, Fred Williams, 20, also of Bushnell, received major injuries and are patients in McDonough District hospital. They were in good condition this morning. State police said Williams, who was going west, attempted a left turn and was struck head-on by the Cooley car, which was traveling east. Funeral services for Mr. Cooley will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Martin funeral home in Bushnell. The Rev. Woodson Combs will officiate. Burial will be at Bushnell Cemetery. Mr. Cooley was born Aug. 21, 1896, in Pike county, a son of William and Stella Bowman Cooley. He attended Pike county schools and had lived in Bushnell for 44 years. A veteran of World War I, he was married in 1922. Surviving are the widow, a daughter, Mrs. Marian Ackerman of Petersburg; a son, Morris, of Moline; three brothers, Clyde of New Salem, Nyle of Bowen and Charles of Pittsfield and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Newspaper clipping, Bardolph, Illinois May 9, 1966

KENNETH COOLEY , 68, of Barry, IL passed away on his farm near Fishhook, IL. He was born in New Salem, IL to Floyd and Maud Bimson Cooley. He married Sharon Sutton on June 9, 1958, in Hernando, Miss. They had two sons and three daughters. He was a 1955 graduate of Pittsfield High School, then received further education with the Refrigeration Service Engineer Society. He opened Cooley Electric on Jan. 1, 1960, and worked until his retirement last summer. He had been a member of the Barry Fire Department since 1966, and had served as chief of the department since 1989. He was a member of Pike County Fire Dept. Mutual Aid Assoc. and a past member of Barry Lions Club, Barry Aux. Police, Pike Co. Emergency Corps and Pike County Civil Defense. He was a former bus driver for the Barry School District. He did electrical work for the Barry Apple Festival Committee and the Western IL Fair Assoc. He also taught electrical classes to 4-H groups through the Pike County Farm Bureau.

LESLIE COOLEY , 80, of Fish Hook, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at his residence. He was born Jan. 29, 1929 in Fish Hook the son of the late Leone and Ella Whitaker Cooley. He married Donna L. Nunn June 19, 1954 in Chambersburg, and she preceded him in death July 30, 1992. Surviving are daughters, Joan Glenn and husband Robert of Versailles, and their children, Bethina, Jessica, Rebekah; Kathy Feenstra and husband Doug of Fish Hook and their children, Levi, Jason, and Lora; Rose Mary Garrett and husband Merle of Chambersburg, and children Anthony, Timothy, Tiffiny, and Andy; two sons, Lyle Cooley and wife Cindy of Chambersburg, and their children, Elizabeth and Mari; and Jerry Cooley and wife Pam of Rushville, and children, Benjamin, Lucas, Ariane, and Celeste; five great-grandchildren, Korbyn, Liam, Alexandra, Logan, and Emily; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one grandson, Eric Michael Feenstra; one sister, Leola Smith; and three brothers, Elza Cooley, Melvin Cooley, and Herbert Cooley. Mr. Cooley farmed all his life in Fish Hook area. Les loved playing in the creek and having "wiener roasts". He also loved listening to country music and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Woodland Church and a trustee for Woodland Cemetery Association. He was also a Fairmount township board trustee, and one of the original trustees for the North Pike Fire Protection District. Les also worked for the Fairmount Road Commissioner for several years. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at Woodland Church in Fish Hook. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville. Memorials may be made to Woodland Church, Woodland Cemetery or Pike County Hospice c/o Airsman-Hires Chapel
Contributed by Billie Browning from The Pike Press

MAUDE (BIMSON) COOLEY - b: 12 Apr 1897, Beverly, Il.; d: 11 Aug 1978, Quincy, Il.; bu: Woodland Cemetery, near Fishhook, Il.; m: Floyd E. Cooley on 5 Dec 1916 in Beverly, Il.; fa: James Edwin Bimson; mo: Josephine Carbaugh. Husband preceded in death 26 Oct 1961. A resident of Baylis, Il. Survived by five daughters: Mrs. Meredith Hays and Mrs. Berniece Dougherty, both of Fishhook, Mrs. Waunette Ingram of Independence, Mo., Mrs. Lauretta Hyde of Aurora and Mrs. Elizabeth White of Baylis; five sons: Bernard of Baylis, Sylber of Columbus, Floyd of Clayton, Harold of Perry and Kenneth of Barry; 27 grand and 53 g-grandchildren.
Contributed by Candace Smith

NILE W. COOLEY - b: 29 Oct 1900, Fairmount, Il.; d: 14 Jul 1983, Quincy, Il.; bu: Woodland Cemetery; m: Grace McDannald on 20 Apr 1929 in Mt. Sterling, Il.; fa: William Cooley; mo: Stella Bowman. A resident of rural Fowler, Il. Survived by his wife; one son: Wayne of rural Fowler; and one daughter: Mrs. Virginia Devill of Ft. Myers, Fla.; five grand and five g-grandchildren. Preceded by a grandson; two sisters; and five brothers.
Contributed by Candace Smith

SARAH HOLT (HENTHORN) COOLEY , the second child of the family of eight children of John and Betsey Henthorn, was born at Mattwan, N.Y. on September 26,1846 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ada Rigg in the afternoon of July 5, 1932, being at the time of her death, 85 years, 9 months and 9 days of age. Her parents, John and Betsey Henthorn, had emigrated from England and settled in New York state in 1844, two years before her birth. But in 1850, when she was 4 years old, the Henthorn's decided to come west and settled in the southeast corner of Adams County. 2 years later, in 1852, they moved east into Pike county and settled on the farm joining Fish Hook on the east, now owned by Will Henthorn. Except less than 2 years spent in Afton, Iowa, she has spent the greater part of her long useful life in Pike County. Sarah H. Henthorn was united in marriage to Edwin F. Cooley, on Aug. 3, 1865 and to this union was born seven children, two boys and five girls. Her husband with four children has preceded her in death. Sister Cooley's connection with the church began in her infancy when she was christened, back in New York state. She was first a member of the M.E. Church of Fish Hook. After the U.B. Church was built she had her membership transferred to that church where she has been a good member and faithful to her Lord until he said, "That it's enough, come up higher". She leaves to mourn a mother's departure, one son Charles Cooley, two daughters, Mrs. Iva Stauffer, and Mrs. Ada Riggs, all living near Fish Hook, 24 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Four aged brothers, Abraham Henthorn of Baylis, Douglas and Charles A. Henthorn of Aurora, Nebraska and Will Henthorn of Fish Hook as well as one sister, Mrs. Jane Lewis of Drexel, MO survive her. She was a good mother, companion and neighbor. The church and community lost another of its good members and an old pioneer settler whom the present generation is indebted to for what we have today in the way of churches, schools, homes and farms. If we measure up to what they have been able to do, we will need to hasten our speed. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. L. Good Thursday at 2:30 pm at Woodland from text 11 Sam. 9:34. A large crowd was present. The choir composed of Leato Potter at the piano, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin, Will Martin, Lula Stauffer, Arthur Waters, Wm. Miller, Emma Potter, Alice Waters sang "Abide with Me" and "Welcome to Our Rest". The following pallbearers were grandson: Floyd, Glen, Chas. Myran Cooley, Merl Riggs and Harold Stauffer, The flower girls were granddaughters, Fern and Lela Cooley, Sarah Stauffer and Edna Riggs. Interment was made in Woodland Cemetery. (Near Fish Hook, Pike county, Illinois-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

STELLA M. (BOWMAN) COOLEY , was born near Kinderhook, Pike County, Illinois, June 16, 1870 and departed this life April 11, 1909 aged 38 years, 9 months and 25 days. She was married to W. W. Cooley, Aug. 25, 1888. To this union eight children were born: Mrs. Blanche Martin of Fish Hook; Earnest, Leon, Floyd, Edwin, Nina W., Glen B., Clyde W., William N. and Charles F. all at home. She also leaves her husband, two brothers, three sisters, two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn the loss of a devoted wife, mother, and sister -- to know that their loss is her gain is a consolation to them in their sad house of bereavement. In 1888 she heeded the call of her Master: "Come unto me" and became a Christian, this enabled her to endure her long sickness and suffering with great patience, always having a cheerful word for those who waited on her. Funeral services were held at Woodland, Tuesday at 11 am, conducted by the pastor Rev. W. Garman, and interment occurred in the Woodland cemetery. The family desires to thank neighbors and friends for their kindly sympathy and assistance during the illness of Mrs. Cooley.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Source: The Baylis Guide, 16 April 1909

VELMA IRENE COOLEY - age 85, of Belleville, Il. and formerly of Perry, Il. died Saturday evening (October 23, 2010) at Four Fountains Nursing Center in Belleville, Il. She was born March 27, 1925 in Perry, Il. daughter of the late Clarence and Gladys Kleinlein Griewe. She married Elmer LeRoy Pate on September 10, 1942 in Palmyra, Mo. and he preceded her in death in 1949. She later married Delbert Cooley on November 4, 1954 and he preceded her in death on November 9, 1996. Surviving are three daughters, Connie Lee Kurfman and husband Wendell of Norco, California, Linda Darlene Newman and husband Mark of Quincy, Il., and Sandra Jo Bruns and husband J.R. of Jacksonville, Il.; a son, Larry Cooley and wife Debbie of St. Ann, Mo. eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and one sister. Irene enjoyed playing the piano, cooking, baking and needlepoint. When she moved to Belleville, Il, she enjoyed traveling with her senior living group and enjoyed the “Monday Morning Coffee Group” and attended Sunday church services in Belleville, Il. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday (October 28, 2010) at the Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville, Il. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Brown County, Il. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services Thursday at the chapel. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Cemetery or to Hospice of Southern Illinois both c/o Airsman-Hires Chapel, Box 341, Griggsville, Il. 62340

WILLIAM W. COOLEY eldest of the four children of Edward and Sarah Henthorn Cooley, was born near Afton, Iowa, 25 August 1867, departed this life at his home near Fish Hook, 6 June 1932, age 64 years, 9 months and 11 days. He was united in marriage to Stella Bowman, 26 Aug. 1888, and to this union eight children were born. After 21 years of wedded life, Mrs. Cooley passed to her reward, April 11, 1909. On July 12, 1911, he was married to Felicia McLaughlin Phillips, who survives. He was converted at Woodland in 1888 and united with U. B. church at that place and remained a faithful member til death. He was active in church and community work, holding many position of trust which duty called him, faithfully and honorably. He will be missed in the home, church and community. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, eight children, Mrs. Blanch Martin, Leon, Floyd, all of Baylis, Mrs. Nina Waters of Barry, Glen B. of Bushnell, Clyde, Nile and Charley of Perry, two stepsons, Floyd Phillips of Barry and Kyle Phillips of Beverly, 35 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren an aged mother, one brother, Charlie Cooley of Baylis, two sisters, Mrs. Ada Riggs of Baylis and Mrs. Alva Stauffer and a host of other friends. He was devoted to his home, wife, children and grandchildren, He lived his life to serve them and make them happy. The funeral service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. G. L. Good at the Woodland on Wednesday, June 8 at 2 pm . A very large crowd was present. The text was found in Phil. 1:21. The choir with Mrs. Geo. Potter at the piano and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin, Will Martin, Wm. Miller, Arthur Waters, Alice Waters, Mary Wamsley and Ressa Miller sang "There Will Be No Disappointments in Heaven", "We are Going Down the Valley" and "Sometime We Will Understand." The flower girls were Aylene and Sylvia Martin, Lois Waters and Leola Cooley. The pallbearers were: Alvin and Wayne Martin, Marion Cooley, Merle Riggs, Harold Stauffer, Gilbert Phillips. There were many beautiful flowers. Interment was made in the Woodland Cemetery. (Near Fish Hook, Pike county, Illinois-kr)
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Source: the Baylis Guide, June 15, 1932

ADELA ANN (MOORE) COX , 76, of Pittsfield died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 17, 2008 at Pittsfield Manor. She was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Griggsville, the daughter of Charles Winfred and Alice L. Bradshaw Moore. She married Duane Owen Cox in 1950 and he preceded her in death in 1971. Mrs. Cox began her career with the John Deere dealership in Milton in 1963 and retired after 35 years. She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star serving 32 years as secretary. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's activities. Surviving are her children Janice (husband Donald) Walker of New Canton, Gary D. (wife Janice) Cox, Charles (wife Judy) Cox, and Kent (wife Wendy) Cox all of Pittsfield. Ten grandchildren; Stephanie Lear, Denise Williams (Eric), Stacy Walker (Troy), Emilee Cox, Ryan Cox, Rodney J. Cox (Kris), Justin C. Cox, Bradyn Cox, Korbyn Cox, and Adelyn Cox. 13 great-grandchildren and two sisters Donna (Kenny) Bradshaw of Pekin, and Mary Alice Radford of Cheyenne, Wy., also survive. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and granddaughter Amy Rashelle Cox. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial was in the Griggsville Cemetery. The family met with friends Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. Eastern Star Services was held at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Detroit Christian Church or the Griggsville Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning

ALBERT A. COX , 87, of Pittsfield, died Monday, March 9, 2011, at the Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pittsfield. She was born on March 6, 1924 in Modesto, to John and Laura Kurkendahl Tipsword. She married Bob Lemons in 1946, and he preceded her in death. Later she married Keith Cox in Pittsfield, Oct. 25, 1974, and he preceded her in death June 15, 1993. Alberta was a Dietary Aide at Illini Community Hospital, IL. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Pittsfield, IL and the Pittsfield American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by a son, Larry (Becky) Lemons of Collinsville, IL, a daughter Rhonda (John) Higgins, of Naples, FL, five granddaughters, Michelle (Dylan) Opitz of Pittsfield, IL, Dena (Tyson) Stinebaker of Griggsville, IL, Keri (Matt) Pope of Collinsville, IL, Allison Higgins of Anchorage, AK, and Katie (Chris) Higgins of Naples, FL. , and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Lloyd Tipsword, and eight sisters, Wilma Booth, Alice Gray, Mamie Shaw, Mary Davis, Selvina Guthrie, Lucille Hood, Blanche Rexing, and Bonita Schultz. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 2:00 P. M. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, Illinois, with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Burial will be at the West Cemetery, Pittsfield, IL. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 prior to the services from noon until 2 P.M. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Blessing Hospice of Pike County or the East Side Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pittsfield, IL. Condolences may be sent to the family at info@nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie B. Browning

FREDDIE LEROY COX , 83 of Pittsfield, IL passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Leroy was born on November 9, 1930 in Wessington, S.D., a son of Fred and Sarah Robinson Cox. He married Barbara Mock of Huntingdon, PA on April 9, 1954 in the Navy Chapel in Philadelphia, PA. They would be celebrating their 60th anniversary this April. Leroy proudly served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Milton Community High School. During his life he was employed by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Critic Feed, King Feed, International Harvester Implement, Pike County Work Activity Center and the City of Pittsfield as a Park Ranger. Leroy enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and the company of his family and friends. He will be remembered as a friendly character that always had a joke for everyone. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and his children: Steven Cox of Pittsfield, IL; Brian (Ann) Cox of Minneapolis, MN; Joseph Cox of Mt. Sterling, IL; Kellie (Rob) Capps of St. Charles, IL in addition to his grandchildren, Stephanie McNealy, Justin Cox, Jason Cox, Amy Cox, Deidre Higgins and Clayton Capps. Seven great grandchildren, a sister, Phyllis Webster of Pleasant Hill, IL, a brother Carroll (Susan) Cox of Pittsfield, IL and several nieces and nephews also survive. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Keith Cox. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Bro. Jerry Edison officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday evening, March 28, 2014 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Blessing Hospice or the Pike County Animal Shelter. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.
Contributed by Bill Browning - Pike Press

JESSIE EDITH (DAKEN) COX , 82, of Pittsfield died Friday (Oct. 9, 1981) in Illini Community Hospital at Pittsfield. She was born Feb. 27, 1899, in Pike County, the daughter of James Henry Dakan and Mary Ann Shafer. She married William Cox in December of 1916 in Milton. He died in March of 1965. Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Eunice Robinson of Plymouth, Mrs. Maude Foster of Norwalk, Calif., Mrs. Hazel Peterson of Downey, Calif., and Mrs. Martha Nichelson of Whitier, Calif.; nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Detroit Methodist Church. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, conducted by the Revs. Joe Wartick and Leo Norton. Burial will be in Blue River Cemetery at Detroit.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - Virginia Hart Collection

MILDRED L. (AKRIGHT) COX , 64, of Palmyra, MO and formerly of Hull, IL. died Sunday, July 31, 2005 at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, MO. She was born October 9, 1940 to Roy E. and Viola Hastings Robbins in Hannibal, MO. She married Paul Cox April 16, 1994 in Palmyra, MO and he survives. Mrs. Cox was a 1958 graduate of West Pike High School and attended Gem City Business College in Quincy, IL and also attended nurses training school. Mrs. Cox worked as an assembler at Dura Automotive Systems in Hannibal, MO since 1993. She enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking, sewing and the outdoors. She also enjoyed going to the farm at Hunnywell and taking care of the cows. She is survived by her husband, Paul, her mother, Viola Robbins of Barry, IL., two sons; Jeff (wife Jo) Akright of Liberty, MO and Jamie Akright of Summerville, SC., three daughters; Mrs. Herb A. (Teresa) Schulz of New Canton, Il., Cathy Akright of Hull, IL and Tina Cox of Palmyra, MO., three brothers; Willis (wife Linda) Robbins of Bay Monette, AL, Rodney (wife Lena) Robbins of Hull, IL and Jerry (wife Patty) of Summer Hill, IL., three sisters; Mrs. Kevin (Linda) White of Quincy, IL., Bonnie Robbins of Barry, IL and Cheryl Robbins of Oklahoma City, OK. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2005 at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, IL. Burial is at the Kinderhook Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 till 8 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2005 at the Niebur Funeral Chapel, Barry, IL.

WILLIAM COX , b: 28 Sep 1890, Ray, Colo.; d: 3 Feb 1990, Barry, Il.; bu: Samuel Taylor Cemetery, near Rockport, Il.; m: Edith Worthen on 31 May 1917 (place not stated); fa: James Cox; mo: Mary Sharrow. A resident of Atlas, Il. Survived by his wife and several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Karen Robinson

ALANA J. CUNNINGHAM , 58, of Pittsfield, IL, died on Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 12:40 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL. She was born on February 28, 1947 in Decatur, IL to Charles and Nona Collins Priest. Alana married Carl A. Cunningham on July 31, 1965 at the St. Mary’s Church in Pittsfield, IL. and he survives. She was employed as a payroll supervisor and tax consultant for Cannell and Sheehan CPA’s in Jacksonville, IL. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pittsfield, IL. She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1965 and attended Southwest Missouri State. She was a member of the Naples Boat Club (office holder), Nautical Travelers Boat club (office holder), avid boater, many friends up and down both Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, devoted grandmother, loved gardening and raising flowers, enjoyed decorating for holidays and cooking and her pets Willie and Josephine. Survivors: husband, Carl A. Cunningham, Pittsfield, IL., three sons, Stewart (Rhonda) Cunningham, Pittsfield, IL., Samuel (Heather) Cunningham, San Diego, CA, Shad (Janet) Cunningham, Griggsville, IL. two brothers Phil (Carrie) Priest, Pittsfield, IL and Tim (Leah) Priest, Jacksonville, IL., sister-in-law Jim (Cathy) Foster, Mason Neck, VA., four grandchildren, Addie, Shayne, Mason, and Breanna Cunningham, nephews Joe Priest, Jacksonville, IL., Jeremy (Tracy) Priest, Pittsfield, IL., Jim (Lisa) Foster, Johnson City, TN. nieces Susan (Mike) Mahon, Washington Birthplace, VA., Jessie (Steve) Schwverk, Quincy, IL, great nieces and nephews Joy, Lauren, Grace, Austin and Cooper. Preceded by her parents and an infant son, Seth in 1977. Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Church, Pittsfield with Fr. Rodney Swartz officiating. As per her wishes cremation rites will be accorded with burial at a later date.

MURIEL ADELE (MYERS) CURRY , 85, of Griggsville, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. She was born March 14, 1926 in Griggsville Township, the only child of John and Edith Burlend Myers. She married Charles Curry, April 28, 1946, and he preceded her in death Dec. 17, 1984. She is survived by three sons, Cleve (wife Susanne), Kim (wife Lynn) and John (wife Patty), all of Griggsville. Eight grandchildren survive, Carol Lisa (John) O’Brien, Sarah (Kevin) Hancock, Justin Curry (Joelle), Rachel (Eric) Long, Angela Curry, Alicia (Jeremy) Tate, Diane (Aaron) Van Strien and Debbie Roundcount. Eleven great-children survive, John Nathan O’Brien, Braxton and Trenton Hancock, Milana and Moira Curry, Carter and Aubrey Long, Claire and Colby Tate, Naomi Van Strien and Brody Roundcount. Also surviving are numerous Myers and Burlend cousins whom she enjoyed through the years. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Curry attended Griggsville Schools, graduating from Griggsville High School in 1944. She taught at South Flint Country School 1944-46. She attended one session each at Western Illinois Teacher’s College in Macomb, Kletzing College in Oscaloosa, Iowa, and Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, while her husband was deployed to Germany during post-war occupation there. Mrs. Curry enjoyed greatly her many years as a farm wife and mother in rural Pike County. She enjoyed seeing her grandchildren grow up and being a part of trail rides, musical events, and other community activities. Over her lifetime she taught many violin and piano lessons to the children of Pike County. Following the leadership of Eunice Northup, well-known Griggsville music teacher, Muriel became the leader of Pike County Young Musicians Club and Orchestra. For over 50 years she promoted the music skills of children K-8th grade in monthly parties where they could get experience in playing piano and string instruments. She was a long-time member of her church, serving faithfully in many capacities. She was a 60 year member of HCE (formerly University of Illinois/Home Extension). She was a devoted member and long-time county president of the Pike County Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. A supporter of many community organizations, she was in her later years program leader for the Griggsville Historical Society until her death. An avid reader, she enjoyed giving favorite books, recently reprinting A True Picture of Emigration, the historical account of John and Rebecca Burlend’s move from England to Pike County in 1831. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene with burial at Bethel Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel in Griggsville. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service Saturday. Memorials may be made to Bethel Cemetery Association or the Skinner House Preservation and Restoration Society. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com. Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel in Griggsville is in charge of the arrangements
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

NINA RUTH CURRY , 92, of Bowling Green, Mo. formerly of Martinsburg, was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana, Mo. Wayne Ward officiated. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5th at the funeral home. Burial was in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Mrs. Curry died Sunday, Aug. 3, one day after her 92nd birthday at Country View Nursing Facility in Bowling Green, where she had been a resident since January 2003. She was born Aug. 2, 1916 in Pike County to Frank and Persa DeCamp Lord. She married Paul Curry May 8, 1937 and he preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1983. She is survived by one son, Bob Curry and wife, Carol of rural Bowling Green; three grandsons, Rodney Curry and wife, Lisa of Montgomery City, Mo., David Curry and wife, Tara of Marthasville, Mo. and Rick Curry and wife, Belinda of Katy, Texas; one grand­daughter, Dee Ann Schlueter and hus­band, Bob of Eolia; nine great-grand­children and many brother and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Lord, One sister, Beulah McCann Funk and two nephews, Vernon Lord and Gail Lord. She had lived on the home place in Martinsburg, until moving to her son's farm in rural Bowling Green, in December of 1999 to make her home. She attended the Church Of Christ at Martinsburg and later the Church Of Christ at Louisiana. Nina was very close to all of her family. Pallbearers were; Ray Guthrie, Dennis McCann, Bill Curry, Cleve Curry, Kim Curry and John Curry.
Contributed by Billie Browning

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