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Name of Deceased: Elgin L. Jacob
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: July 15, 2005
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Elgin L. "Jake" Jacob, 83, of Mexico, died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2005 at Pin Oaks Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Arnold Funeral Home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 1:30 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Jacob was born March 13, 1922 in Hallsville, the son of Ory David and Virginia Rule Jacob. He married H. Lorraine Cornelison on Apr. 5, 1941 in Columbia. She died on Nov. 11, 2003. Mr. Jacob was retired from Wetterau's in 1986 after 44 years as senior driver. He was in the Navy and was a Baptist by faith and a member of the Teamsters. Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Allison and husband Jack, and Karen Buffington, all of Mexico; one granddaughter, Jennifer Stephens Frisbie, Jefferson City; one grandson, Keith Allison, Mexico; two great-grandsons, Kalab and Tyler; one great-granddaughter, Lily; one sister, Thelma Randolph, Lake Ozark; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Name of Deceased: Lorraine Jacob
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Nov. 12, 2003
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Lorraine Jacob, age 83 of Mexico, died at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Boone Hospital Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Arnold Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert H. Marty officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Jacob was born Feb. 13, 1920 in Columbia, the daughter of Samuel E. and Willie Valentine Cornelison. She married Elgin L. "Jake" Jacob on April 5, 1941in Columbia. Mrs. Jacob retired from A. P. Green's after 35 years. Survivors include her husband, Elgin L. "Jake" Jacob, of the home; two daughters, Debbie Jacob Allison and husband, Jack, of Mexico and Karen Jacob Buffington and husband, W. Richard, of Mexico; one grandson, Keith Allison, of Mexico; one granddaughter, Jennifer Stephens Frisbie, Jefferson City; and one great-grandson, Kaleb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

Name of Deceased: Elsie Katherine Johnson
Newspaper: The Centralia Fire Side Guard
Date: Feb. 26, 1970
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Miss Elsie Katherine Johnson, 61, of Thompson, died in her sleep at the home of a friend in Mexico on February 17. She had been visiting at the home of Mrs. Elsie Rodgers. Miss Johnson had been suffering with a heart ailment. Miss Elsie Johnson and her sister, Miss Ethel Johnson had operated an 80 acre farm near Thompson since 1944 when their father became ill. He died in1951. Miss Johnson, the daughter of Thomas A. and Mary Frances Reams Johnson, was born September 29, 1908. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. For the past four years she had been president of the Payne School Reunion. In addition to her sister, Miss Ethel Johnson, she is survived by another sister, Mrs. Horace Turley of Mexico; one brother, Meredith R. Johnson of Centralia; a niece an uncle and an aunt, as well as a number of cousins. Funeral services were held on Thursday at the Precht-Pickering Funeral Home in Mexico by Rev. L. F. Admire and burial was in the Centralia Cemetery. Pallbearers, James H. Reams, Richard H. Reams, Meredith H. Reams, David L. Reams, Homer Rohr and Robert Prater, were all cousins of Miss Johnson.

Name of Deceased: Ethel Johnson
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune
Date: May 11, 2001
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Ethel Johnson, 96, of Mexico, Mo., died Friday, May 11, 2001, at University Hospital. She fell while working in her garden and was taken to the hospital where she died early this morning. Services will be 2 p.m., May 12, at Friendship Baptist Church in Mexico with the Revs. Craig Stevens and Marvin Jones officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Pickering Funeral Home in Mexico. Burial will be in the Centralia Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church. Miss Johnson was born April 29, 1905, in Audrain County to Thomas Archibald and Mary Frances Reams Johnson. Miss Johnson and her sister, Elsie K. Johnson, operated the 80-acre family farm starting in 1944 after there father suffered a stroke and continued to farm after his death. Miss Johnson cared for several elderly people in their homes. She was an accomplished loom weaver and loved growing a flower and vegetable garden each year. She also has done extensive work with genealogy. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She is survived by a sister, Ruby Turley, and many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Columbia and Centralia area. She was preceded in death by a brother, Meredith R. Johnson; and a sister Elsie K. Johnson. Memorials are suggested to the Friendship Baptist Church, Hwy. 54 East, Mexico, MO., 65265.

Name of Deceased: Meredith Russell Johnson
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune, Mar. 4, 1987
Submitted by: Robert King

Meredith Russell Johnson, 76, of Centralia died today, March 4, 1987 at Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Mo., where he had resided since May 1985. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Meador and Son Funeral Chapel in Centralia with the Rev. Stanley Owen officiating. Burial will be in City of Centralia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Johnson was born Dec. 5, 1910, in Thompson to Thomas Archibald Johnson and Mary Frances Reams Johnson and spent his boyhood in the New Hope community. In 1934, he moved to the community of Hickory Grove where he farmed until his retirement. He was inducted in the U.S. Army April 2, 1942, and served for three-and-a-half years with the 90th Division, 358th Infantry, Third Battalion Headquarters Company, half that time overseas in World War II in the European theater of operation in Germany. Mr. Johnson received the Combat Infantry Badge with five stars of the ETO companies, five bronze Stars, a Presidential Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster and a good conduct medal. He was honorably discharged Oct. 21, 1945. He was a member of the Baptist faith since the age of 12. On March 9, 1947, he married Sopha Pearl Cook of Hallsville in Centralia, and she survives. Also surviving are two sisters, Ethel Johnson and Mrs. Ruby (Horace) Turley, both of Mexico, Mo.; and several cousins. A sister, Elsie Katherine Johnson preceded him in death Feb. 17, 1970.

Name of Deceased: William Roy Johnson
Newspaper: The Centralia Fire Side Guard, Feb. 26, 1970
Submitted by: Robert King

William Roy Johnson of Norwood died unexpectedly at his home last Friday. His wife had been on an errand and upon returning home found him dead. Mr. Johnson, the son of William Henderson and Florinda Kathryn Rogers Johnson, was born July 10, 1891 in Audrain County. He was married to Frances McNear of Feb. 23, 1929. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews including Miss Ethel Johnson of Thompson and Russell Johnson of Centralia. A cousin, Mrs. Willie Garrett, was raised in the home of his parents. He was an uncle of Miss Elsie Katherine Johnson who died Feb. 17. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. He had operated the Johnson Variety Store in Mexico for a number of years and had been in the real estate business since moving to Norwood. He was a member of the Christian Church. Graveside services and burial were held at the Centralia Cemetery.

Name of Deceased: Jennie Beagles Johnston
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Mar. 7, 1941
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the home of Dr. and Mrs. P. E. Coil, 617 South Clark street, for Mrs. Coil's mother, Mrs. Jennie Beagles Johnston, 83, widow of Noah S. Johnston, who died Thursday at the Coil Home.  The Rev. Lawrence Fitzgerald, pastor of the First Baptist church officiated, and music included quartette numbers by Mrs. Thurman Stallings, Mrs. Paul C. Ekern, Lee Edwards and George Koen, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. E. R. Jackson.  Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.  Pallbearers were H. P. French, Walker Burns, Joe Beagles, Henry Schrader, Charles Clark and Lee Sonwalt.  Among those here from out of town for the rites, were Mrs. Johnston's grandson, Dr. Johnston Coil of Washington, D.C., who arrived late Thursday by plane, and Dr. Eva Johnston and Mrs. William Ellis of Columbia.

Name of Deceased: John Joseph Johnston
Newspaper: The Mexico Evening Ledger
Date: Jan. 17, 1951
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: John J. Johnston, well known Audrain Countian, died Tuesday night at his home northeast of Mexico at the age of 73.  Death came at 6:30 p.m. of a heart attack.  He had had a heart ailment for some time.  Active in school and church affairs for many years, he was for 20 years clerk of the Beagles school district and for more the 30 years superintendent of the Littleby Baptist church Sunday School.  Funeral services will be held at the Littleby Baptist church at 2:00p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Golden E. Neely of Elsberry, former pastor of the church in charge, assisted by the Rev. Harry D. Johns, present pastor.  Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.  John Joseph Johnston was born December 7, 1877, on the farm which was his home all his life.  He was the son of Noah S. and Jennie Beagles Johnston.  His father was for many years pastor of the Littleby Baptist church and taught in Beagles School.  He attended William Jewell College at Liberty in 1901 and 1902, and was assistant pastor to his uncle, Dr. J. T. M. Johnston, at the Delmar Avenue Baptist church in St. Louis.  Upon the death of his father, returned home to take care of his mother and lived on the home place until death.  From 1942 to 1946 he was moderator of the Audrain County Baptist Association and for three years previous served as association clerk.  He was a member of the Santa Fe Masonic lodge.  In 1944  he married Mrs. Mattie Talley Schrader, who survives him.  Also surviving are an aunt, Mrs. William Ellis of Columbia; a great niece and great nephew, Anne and Paul Douglas Coil of Washington D.C.; and several cousins in Audrain County.  An only sister, Floy Johnston Coil (died) in 1943.  Serving as pallbearers will be six brothers-in-law, George, Charles, Jennings and Tom Talley and Stockwell Smithey and Russell Azdell.

 

 

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