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David A Hair
David A.Hair, a young man, 33 years of age died at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. James Lockhart, on last Monday, December 21, 1891, in the afternoon at 3:35 o'clock.  Mr Hair took sick with LaGrippe about the 20th of November but was not considered dangerously ill until a few days before his death.  The immediate cause of his death was LaGrippe with a tendency to typhoid fever, resulting in heart failure.  His funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of Mr, Lockhart to the Coulterville cemetery.  Rev. J.R. Wylie preached the funeral sermon.     Mr. Hair's mother having died when he was nine days old, he was reared by his sister Mrs. James Lockhart and made his home with her.  When 16 years of age, he joined the Reformed Presbyterian (N.S.) Church, Rev. Bratton, Pastor, and retained his membership in said church until the time of his death.  At 25 years of age he was married to Miss Robinia McConkey, of Rockwood, Illinois, who lived for about five years after her marriage.  Their son James L., who is now 13 years old, survives his parents.  On a visit to the bereaved family on Tuesday evening, our sympathies were touched by the almost uncontrollable grief of the orphaned boy.  It is said that none were ever more thoughtful or kind, in the family circle. than Mr Hair.  They now greatly miss his consel and confort and deeply mourn his loss.  In such dispensations of Devine Providence as this, we can only bow in submission, trusting Him who has said that though we may not be able to understand now we shall hereafter. [NOTE  His wife and a baby daughter died within a month or two of each other.  Robenia 26 Oct 1881 and Sarah 9 Sept 1881 at age 1yr, 7mon, and 23 days., all buried in Coulterville Cemetery. While the obituary says he was 33 yrs. he was born June 4, 1853.  Married in 1877.]
[Coulterville, Dec. 1891 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

George Harkness
MR. and MRS. JAS. HARKNESS and little WANDA returned home Monday evening from Chester where they had attended the funeral of MR. HARKNESS' father, GEO. HARKNESS, who died on Thursday at the residence of his son in law, G. S. DOUGLAS near Chester. He was the last of the twenty young Scots who came to this country in 1848 and made up what has always been known as the Scotch Settlement.
[Ava Advertiser, Friday, January 23, 1891 - Sub by FoFG]

Benjamin Hawkins
Benjamin Hawkins, Indian Agent, died 05 Jun. Revolutionary War soldier
[Western Intelligencer, 14 Aug 1816]

A. C. Hayer
A. C. "Bert" Hayer, 91, of Sparta, Ill., born Dec. 8, 1912, of New Palestine, Ill., died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Sparta Community Hospital, Sparta, Ill.   Mr. Hayer was a farmer.  He was a member of the Masonic Hope Lodge 162; the Scottish Rite, Belleville, Ill.,; the Ainad Shrine Temple, East St. Louis, Ill.; and the Sparta Lions Club.  He was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.     He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille, nee Chism, Hayer, whom he married June 7, 1937, in Meridian Miss.. and who died May 18, 1998; his parents, William Temple and Laura, nee Harris, Hayer; a granddaughter, Dawn Conn; five sisters and two brothers.    Surviving are four daughters, Melinda Ahdoot, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Pat Martin of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ruth Gilmour of Sparta, Ill., and Janice Wall of Red Bud, Ill.; a brother W. T. "Bill" Hayer of Sparta, Ill.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2004, and from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Thursday, July 1, 2004, at McDaniel Funeral Home, Sparta, Ill.     Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2004 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sparta, Ill., with the Rev. Karen Knodt officiating.  Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery, Sparta, Ill.
[Belleville News-Democrat (Ill, Wed, June 30, 2004; Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Delbert Hayer
Delbert H. Hayer, 91, of Sparta, Ill., born March 24, 1922 in Sparta, Ill., passed away at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Sparta Community Hospital.     Mr. Hayer was a member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Sparta.  He served in the Army Air Corp in World War II and owned and operated the Delbert Hayer Auto Parts Store from 1946 to the present day.  Delbert served on the Sparta School Board, president of the Sparta Senior Center Board, Civic and Culture Board for the City of Sparta.  He was a member of the Sparta American Legion, Sparta Lions Club, A.W.O.I (Automotive Wholesale of Illinois). Mr Hayer also served as a deacon for many years, he was a past Cirizen of the Year recipient and had been mayor for the City of Sparta for many years.     He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, nee Patterson, Hayer, whom he married on May 5, 1945, in Fresno, Calif., and who died Nov 29, 2009; a daughter, Priscilla Hayer; parents, Harold and Anna May, nee Davison, Hayer; brother, Harold Hayer; and two grandchildren, Pamela Ann and Denise Rae Reid.   Surviving are his two daughters, Patricia Reid of Tennessee and Phyllis (Ray) Tillock of Sparta, Ill.; his sister, Doris Patterson of Sparta, Ill; three grandchildren Peggy (Mike) Raiteri, Bradley (Lori) Tillock and Lynnette Tillock; four great-grandchildren, Troy Raiteri, Alex and Kaitlyn Tillock and Hayley Tillock; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  McDaniel and Lee Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Sparta, Ill., is in charge of services.    Visitation:   Friends may call from 4 to 7 Monday, Feb., 24, 2014, at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Sparta, Ill.    Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Trinity United Presbyterian Church.  Interment will be held at the Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, Ill.
[Belleville News-Democrat (Ill); Sun, Feb.,23, 2014; Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Edna L. Hayer
SPARTA - Edna L. "Pat" Hayer, 85, died at 4:18 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2009, in Christian Northeast Hospital in St Louis.   She was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Hardinsburg, Ky., to James Patterson and Mary Henning Patterson.    Edna married Delbert H. Hayer on May 5, 1945, in Fresno, Calif.; he survives.   She was a bookkeeper for Delbert Hayer Auto Parta, Edna was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sparta, American Legion Auxillary and Sparta Community Hospital Auxillary .  She was also past chairman of Randolph County Republican Women's Club and was involved with various Sparta school organizations.     Survivors include her husband, Delbert H. Hayer; daughters, Patircia (William) Reid of Memphis, Tenn., and Phyllis (Ray) Tillock of Sparta; sister, Cova Smith of Fairberry; grandchildren, Peggy (Mike) Raiteri of Memphis, Tenn., Bradley (Lori) Tillock of Shiloh and Lynette Tillock of Steeleville; great grandchildren, Troy Raiteri, Alex, Hayley and Katie Tillock; and numerous nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Priscilla Hayer; two grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.   Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec 3, 2009, in Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Sparta, with the Rev. David Moody and the Rev. Marvin Bennett officiating.  Interment will be in Caledonia Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday  at the church.  
[Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill); Wed, Dec. 2, 2009; Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Homer L. Hayer
SPARTA -  Homer L. Hayer, 87, died Friday, Aug. 30,2002  at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis.  He was born April 20, 1915 in Sparta, the son of William T. Hayer, Sr. , and Laura Harris.  He married Ruth Roper in 1953.  She preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 1990.  Mr Hayer was a member of Steeleville Baptist Church.    He was a self-employed trucker.   Survivors include two step daughters, Dorothy Gilley and Bonnie Milam, both of Marissa; and two brothers, William T. Hayer, Jr. and A.D. "Bert" Hayer, both of Sparta.   Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by five sisters and one infant brother.  Funeral sservices will be a 11 a.m., Monday, Sept 2, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta, with Pastor Grey Sutton officiating.  Burial will be in Lively Cemetery in Sparta.  Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today, Sunday, Sept 1, and from 8 a.m. until the hour of services on Monday at the funeral home.
 [Southern Illinoisan - Carbondale, Ill, Sun, Sept. 1, 2002; Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

William Hayer, Jr

SPARTA  -  William T. "Bill" Hayer Jr.,96, died Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis.  Services will be at 2 pm Sunday in McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta.  Burial will be in Lively Cemetery in Sparta.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  
[Southern Illinoisan - Carbondale, Ill, Sat.,April 8, 2006 Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

William Hockerman
Capt William Hockerman died on 09 Dec in Kaskaskia
[Western Intelligencer, 18 Dec 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Millard Roy Holliday
Probably nothing ever startled this community more than the announcement early Wednesday morning of last week of the passing away of Millard  Roy Holliday at the Hiller Hospital at Pinckneyville, at 5 o'clock that morning.  In fact, there were only a few that knew of his illness and even those did not consider it serious, until, he was taken to the hospital the evening before.  He underwent an operation between 8 & 9 Tuesday night, and following this he never fully regained consciousness, though everything possible,that medical skill or careful nursing was at hand, yet the Grim Reaper claimed his own the following morn.  The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Holliday (Elizabeth Neill), and at the time of his death was 44 yrs, 11 mon, and 11 days.  On April 16, 1914 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Lamont and to this union two sons, Lamont, and Wayne, came to join and bless the family circle.  In the church he was in the Sabbath School, in the choir, on the board of trustees and just recently he was elected to the leadership.  The funeral services were held from the United Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon, with his pastor Rev. Moore in charge.  The attendance, which taxed the capacity of the church, showed, in a man, the esteem in which he was held by his fellow men.  As a further token of respect the stores closed and business was suspended during the funeral hous.   Interment was made in the Coulterville cemetery.
[Coulterville Republican, March 9, 1927 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]

Polly Holman
AUNT POLLY HOLMAN, of Shiloh Hill, died on Monday the 25th, after an illness of about three months. She was buried at the Millcreek Cemetery Tuesday the 26th at 11 o'clock am.
[Ava Advertiser, Friday May 29, 1891 - Sub by FoFG]

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