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Obituaries and Death Notices

Herbert L. Badgett
Pocahontas, AR -- Herbert L. Badgett, 57, passed away at his home in New Athens, Ill., June 21, (1982).  He was born April 23, 1925 at Supply (AR) to Mrs. Dora Badgett of Randolph Home and the late John Badgett. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tina Crossen Badgett of the home; a daughter, Lottie; six sons, Jerry and Kevin of the home, Glenn of Kentucky, Gerald, Mark and Wayne of Belleville, Ill.; four sisters, Betty King and Elsie Blair of Maynard, AR and Josie Robins and Lucie Kalstrom of Rockford, Ill.  A son, Larry, preceded him in death.
Services were held June 24 at 2:00 p.m. at King Funeral Home in Sparta, Ill., Rev. Richard Reid officiating.  Burial was held at Caledonia Cemetery, Sparta, Ill. [Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, July 1, 1982; contributed by Freda Roberts.]

Charles Baird
KILLED BY THE I.C. FAST TRAIN, Charles Baird, Farmer Near Sparta, Meets Death on Rail at Coulterville
Charles BAIRD, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. BAIRD, south of town, was run over b the fast train on Illinois Central railroad at Coulterville Wednesday night and instantly killed. Coroner Dr. W. A. MCKENZIE was called this (Thursday) morning and held an inquest, and from him we learn that Charlie had been working his teams on the railroad near Salem and had arrived at Coulterville two or three days previous. He had spoken of going to see a friend in the country that night and no doubt started down the track for that purpose and was run down. His mangled remains were found on the Illinois Central track about 100 yards north of the depot and it is thought they were dragged that far before being released. It is thought the fast train which passes Coulterville at 11 p.m. hit him first, and if so, the same train killed three men that night, said a breakman, one north of Belleville and one at New Athens. The remains will be brought to his home for interment in Union cemetery. The unfortunate man leaves his widow and many relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death.
[Sparta, The Plaindealer,17 August 1906, Pg 4 - Sub by FoFG]

John Brown Baird
John Brown Baird, son of the late Samuel P. and Margaret B. (McKee) Baird was born in Oppssumden Prairie, March 13, 1836 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hugh Wilson, Sparta, October 12, 1918 aged 82 years, 6 months and 29 days. His parents were among the early settlers in that vicinity and were members of the Union church. On the 25 of March 1863 he was marred to Miss Alvira A. Brown, daughter of Joseph Brown, one of the early settlers in that community. She preceded him to the grave, dying February 17, 1917. At the time of her death they had almost reached the 55 milestone of their married life. Three children were born to them. Elmer E., of Adena, Colorado, Charles A, deceased and Mrs. Minnie E. Wilson of Sparta.He was the last of his father's family consisting of eight children: four sons and four daughters.He with his wife were both members of the Union U. P. church and after their removal to Sparta some years ago they transferred their membership to the Presbyterian church of Sparta in whose fellowship they died. Besides the son and daughter, he leaves four grandchildren: Mrs. R. E. Jones, of Galt, California, W. R. Baird of Adena, Colorado, Homer R. Baird, now in his country's service at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, and Bernice Baird, of Sparta Funeral services were held at the home Monday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Dr. Nesbit of the U. P. church assisted by Rev. W. J. Smiley, and the body was laid to rest at Union cemetery. "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age like a rock of grain cometh in its season [Sparta News, Sparta, Oct 17, 1918 - Sub by FoFG]

Mary Barton
The Consort of Kimber Barton, Mrs Mary Barton died Saturday.
[Western Intelligencer, 15 Jan 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Walter Benson - Mrs. Alfred Brueggemann
Another Dies in Y Wreck -- Penitentiary Guard Second Victim; His Wife Critical; Truck Driver Gone
Walter Benson, Chester, died in St. Andrew's hospital Sunday evening from injuries sustained in the automobile accident Friday night near the Percy Y.
Mrs. Alfred Brueggemann, Percy, died in the hospital early Saturday morning from injuries received in the accident and Mrs. Walter Benson remains in a critical condition in the local hospital.  An inquest will be conducted here Tuesday morning in the Brueggemann and Benson deaths.  According to highway police investigating the fatal crash at the Y, the driver of the truck, supposedly a Chester man, is missing.  The wrecked truck remains at the Y where three persons were terribly injured, the two fatally so.  Attempts to find the driver continued today.  Mr. Benson was a guard at the Menard penitentiary. [The Daily Independent (Murphysboro, Ill.) Monday, 25 Oct 1937, p.1]

Shadrach Bond
Bond, Shadrach, d. 13 Apr. 1832, at Kaskaskia, Ill. He emigrated in early life from Md. and settled in Ill. (then Terr. of Indiana) and was for many years a member of the Territorial Legislature, the first delegate in Congress from Ill., and when it became a state, was elected Governor. (3 May 1832) [Source:  Vital Records From "The National Intelligencer", by George A. Martin; transcribed by V. Bryan]

Laurence E. Bouas
Laurence E. Bouas, 96, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013.  He was born December 28,1916, in Coulterville, Illinois.  On January 6, 1938 he married Ruth Elizabeth McKelvey who survives.  A son, Laurence Keith Bouas, preceded him in death in 1957.  Graduating high school in the midst of the Great Depression, he found work quickly as a meat department manager for the Kroger Company in St. Louis.  In 1941 he returned to his hometown as a banker and insurance agent upon whom many in the community relied.  He completed over 50 years in the banking industry in Coulterville, Sparta, and Marion, Illinois.  All the while he served his communities through civic organizations and lived out his faith as a church leader, Sunday school teacher and singer.  Laurence is survived by a daughter Merry Lee Sprague of Bagley, MN, a son Maury Bouas (Jean) of Kansas City, MO, four grandchildren Marla Johnson (Mike), Todd Sprague (Denise), Kelly Henry (Kirk), and Kirby McDoniel (Mike),  and six great-grandchildren.  A service will be held at a later date.   (Arrangements: Cremation Society of KS & MO) [Kansas City Star (Mo), Wed., May 29, 2013; Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Laurance Bouas and Ruth Bouas
[This was a double obituary on the given date]
Laurence Bouas, 96, of Kansas City, Missouri, died May 19, 2013 and Ruth Bouas, 97, of Kansas City, died February 3, 2016. Laurence was born December 28, 1916 in Coulterville, Ill. On January 6, 1938, he married Ruth Elizabeth McKelvey, and they were married 75 years. Graduating high school in the midst of the Great Depression, he found work quickly as a meat department manager for the Kroger Company in St. Louis. In 1941, he returned to his hometown as a banker and insurance agent, and many in the community relied on him. He completed over 50 years in the banking industry in Coulterville, Sparta and Marion. He served his communities through civic organizations and lived out his faith as a church leader, Sunday School teacher and singer. Ruth was born March, 1918 in Coulterville.. She was a church organist/pianist and directed choirs. She assisted Laurence in operating an independent insurance agency and spent many years caring for family members who were experiencing various trials in their lives. Survivors include daughter Merry Lee Sprague of Erskine, Minnesota, son Maury (Jean) Bouas of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Maria (Mike) Johnson, Todd (Denise) Sprague, Kelly (Kirk) Henry and Kirby (Mike) McDaniel, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. They were preceded in death by son Laurence Keith Bouas. Memorial graveside services will be held for Laurence and Ruth, Monday, June 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Coulterville City Cemetery with Pastor Jim Stark officiating. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Pyatt Funeral Home in Coulterville is in charge of arrangements. [The County Journal, June 9, 2016, Pg20; Submitted by: Kathyrn Todd]

Lawrence Bouas and Michael Hillyard
In Coulterville Pond - TWO BOYS DROWN - A joint funeral service was held today in Coulterville for two young playmates who drowned Saturday afternoon while playing on an ice coated pond. The two, 7 year-old Lawrence "Larry" Bouas and 6 year-old Michael Hillyard, drowned in a small private pond near Michael's home. Their bodies were recovered last Saturday afternoon, about an hour after they were discovered missing while playing at the Hillyard home. An inquest is pending. Services were to be this afternoon at the United Presbyterian Church in Coulterville. Burial was to be in the Coulterville Cemetery. The Howard and Wilson Funeral Home of Coulterville was in charge. The office of Randolph Coroner Lester Walker in Sparta reported today the two youths were playing near the Hillyard home Saturday afternoon, when Larry's father Lawrence Bouas, went to pick up his son. The father, accompanied by an older son of the Hillyard family, searched for the two. They found tracks near the edge of a small pond owned by Ray Miles, in the southwest corner of the residential area of Coulterville. Bouas saw a hole in the ice, and after a check with Hillyard, said: "I'm afraid we've got a couple of boys in there!" Coulterville Firemen Milton Hurst and Walter Meyer recovered the two bodies about an hour later, in about four feet of water. Walter Lowe, John Hunter, Gerald Shaw and Claude Fraley of Sparta and Jim Hallock and Harold Berkley, both of Coulterville, assisted. The coroner's office said the small pond is about two blocks from the Hillyard home. The boys were last seen about 10 to 15 minures before 4 p.m., when Bouas first started looking for them. The Hillyard boy leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hillyard; a sister, Beverly Ann; brothers Kenneth and Stephen; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eylie of Coulterville, grandmother Mrs. Anna Jackson of Swanwick and grandfather Walton Hillyard of Montana. The Bouas boy leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Bouas; a sister, Merry Lee, a brother Maurice, his grandmother Mrs. Ina Bouas of Pinckneyville, and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. C. J. McKelvey of Coulterville.  [Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale,IL) Dec. 16, 1957; Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Marian Bouas
SPARTA - Marian "Lacene" Bouas, 100, died at 2 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, in Sparta Community Hospital.     Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Wilson's Funeral Home, with the Rev. Karen Knott officiating.  Burial will be in Coulterville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the funeral home. [Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, IL), Wed., Oct. 8, 2003; Sub. by: Kathyrn Todd]

Mary Lois Boyd
Funeral Services Set Today for Sparta Woman
Mary Lois Boyd, 69, died Saturday at her home, 307 W. Church St., Sparta, after an illness of two weeks. She was born July 9, 1892, in Sparta, the daughter of David and Fannie, nee Hayer, Boyd. Miss Boyd was a former school teacher in the Sparta area, and also served overseas in missionary service in India for 35 years. She was a member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church of Sparta and a teacher in the church school. Miss Boyd leaves brothers; Homer of Tucson, Arizona and Walter of Long Beach, California; and sisters, Mrs. Ethel Dickey and Mrs Anna Smiley, both of Sparta.Two brothers, Vernon and David, preceded her in death. Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. today at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Sparta. The Rev. William H. Hughes was to officiate. Burial was to be in Union Cemetery. Funeral services were arranged by the Walker Funeral Home of Sparta.
[Southern Illinoisan, 9 July 1962 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Nancy Elizabeth Walker Boyle
Miss Nancy Elizabeth Walker was born in S. Carolina, June 20, 1833, and she passed away at her home near Oakdale, Ill, March 16, 1919, aged 85 yrs 9 mon 26 days.  She came with her parents William and Sarah Walker to Hill Prairie, south of Marissa, Ill., when three years of age.  She made a profession of her faith early in life and united with the Reformed Presbyterian church, and at the time of her death she was a faithful member of the Grandcote  Reformed Presbyterian church of Coulterville.  Although her home was a good ditance from her church yet as lon as her health permitted she was faithful in attendance.  She was united in marriage to John Boyle on March 1, 1855.  She came with her husband to the farm near oakdale, which has since been her home, except for a few years in which they lived in Kansas.  To this union nine children were born, six of them with the husband having preceeded her in death. Mrs Boyle has been in failing health for several years, but her strong constitution resisted the disease.  Although she endured much affliction, she endured it faithfully, and patiently awaied the call of the master to come with Him, where all suffering is gone.  Those left are three sons: Thomas J. of Seattle, Washington, William Charles of [Note: the rest was missing from the scrapbook]
[unknown newspaper, March 1919 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Van Broughten
On Tuesday, VAN BROUGHTEN, who lives near Shiloh Hill, Ill., met his death very suddenly. He had been to the creamery and returning home with a barrel of skimmed milk in the wagon, entered his barn lot when the team took fright and began circling the barn. The wagon turned over throwing MR. BROUGHTEN out, the barrel of milk striking him, causing almost instant death. We could not learn the particulars of the Interment.
[Ava Advertiser, Friday, October 10, 1890 - Sub by FoFG]

Robert Craig Brown
Lincoln, Neb, Dec. 30 - Robert Craig Brown, 78, former Federal Court Clerk at Springfield, Illinois, died at his home today. He came to Lincoln from Springfield three years ago. Surviving were his widow, Mary and daughter Mrs. W.H. Eiker, both of Lincoln. Funeral services will be held in St. Louis. [Jacksonville (Ill) Daily Journal, Dec. 31, 1937 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Ruth Evelyn Brown
Rockwood  --  Ruth Evelyn Brown, 87, went to be with our Lord at 10:46 a.m., Sunday, July 17, 2016, while surrounded by her loving family.  After suffering a stroke on Mother's day, she fought hard to regain her health, but eventually succumbed to complications of the stroke.   Ruth was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Cora, to John and Bertha Ray McLaughlin.  She was married to the love of her life, Chester Lee Brown in Cora on Sept. 16, 1950.  Chester passed away Sept 16, 2000, on the day of their 50th wedding anniversary.  A faithful servant of our Lord, she was a long-time worshipper at the First Presbyterian Church of Rockwood, and a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chester, where she served many years on the Session.  She also served on the Degognia Township Election Board.  Ruth has a long career working at Egyptian Telephone Coop. in Steeleville where she retired as the billing manager in 1997.  Famous for her mile-high angel food cakes, she loved baking and cooking for others.  She also loved playing games, her favorite, by far, being Pinochle.  Left to honor Ruth and remember her love are her sister, Norma Suchman of Caseyville; brother Johnny (Margie) McLaughlin of Cahokia; two children Rick (Debbie) Brown of Ellis Grove, and Renee (Neal) McCain of St. Mary's, Georgia; three grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) James of St. Marys, Georgia, Heather (Tim) Hooten of Perryville, Mo., and Kristin (Jeff Beers) Brown of Carbondale; two step-grandchildren, Matthew (Alyssa) McCain of Raleigh, N. C. , and Michael McCain of Swanton, Md.; four great-grandchildren, Aaron and Miley Hooten and Ava and Abigail James; on great-step-grandchild, Corinne McCain; one niece; five nephews; and many beloved great and great-great-nieces and nephews.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Chester; and brother-in-law, Bob Suchman.  Ruth will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the community and churches she served.   Memorial services will be a 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava, with the Rev. Cecil Dunning officiating.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. [Southern Illinoisian, July 20, 2016; Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]



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