|James, Clarence "Jess"|
Clarence "Jess" James, son of Squire Harrison and Mary Elizabeth Howe James, was born August 9, 1899, in Mt. Ayr, IA; and departed this life January 9, 1992, at the Gentry County Hospital in Albany, MO; at the age of 92 years and 5 months. On October 17, 1925 Jess was united in marriage to Velma Eunice Rinehart in Leon, Ia. To this union six children were born. Jess was a retired farmer. He lived most of his life in Harrison County, MO, except for the past seven years which were spent at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City. He was a member of the Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church near Mt. Ayr, IA.
Jess was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Billy; five brothers, Carl, Ray, Guy, Ora and Edmond James; two sisters, Lily James and Ida Brown. Survivors include his wife Velma of Eagleville, Mo.; five daughters, Bonnie Reed of Camdenton, MO, Donna Wilburn of Kansas City, MO, Katy Truelove of Trimble, MO, Mary Cotton of Eagleville, MO and Joy Ragan of Eagleville, Mo. one brother, Merle James of Mt. Ayr, IA; one sister, Fay Arehart of Bedford, IA, nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services and interment were held Monday, Jan. 13, 1992 at 2 p.m. at the Hickory Grove Cemetery near Mt. Ayr, IA Finis Easter and Keith Lambert officiated. Services were under the direction of Prugh Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping
Jenkins, Walter L.
Walter L. Jenkins, son of Walter Lewis and Esther Elizabeth Jenkins was born April 2, 1890, near Leigh, Neb., one of a family of 10 children, seven boys and three girls. The oldest daughter, Maggie, died in infancy. The parents and family moved from Nebraska to Iowa, where they lived several years. Walter's schooling was gained in the rural schools of Iowa and Missouri. Around 1908 the family moved to a farm northwest of Ridgeway. This was their home for many years. When Walter's father passed away in 1933, the parents had been married over 60 years and there were nine children still living, an incident of which few family live to see come to pass.
He saw service during World War I at Camp Dodge, Iowa, a few months before the armistice was signed. In 1921 on April 28, he was united in marriage to Miss Madge Gutridge, a teacher in the rural schools of Harrison county. In 1922 they moved to Blythedale where he was a rural carrier for nearly four years. A son, George Max was born on July 13, 1922. Walter resigned as rural carrier in 1926 and the next six or seven years were spent around Columbia and Jefferson City on highway construction. The family returned to Ridgeway in 1933. In 1945 the six acre tract in west Ridgeway was purchased and two years later the house was built on it. This was the family home for the remainder of his life. Death claimed him suddenly at 6:15 p.m. April 13, 1961. Thus ended a busy and useful life.
Those left to mourn his passing are the wife, Madge, on son, Gordon, a daughter in law, Shirley Rose, two grandsons, Victor Lee and Curtis Max, two granddaughters, Monica Kaye and Marsha Ann, one sister, Mrs. Cora E. Buss, Griswold, Iowa , four brothers, John of Griswold, Iowa, William A. of Santa Paula, Calif. James Arthur of Emerson, Iowa, and Earl of Atlantic, Iowa, also many Nephews, neices, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church April 16, the Rev. George Stump spoke words of comfort and hope. Interment in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale
Source Bethany Missouri Republican Clipper July 26, 1961
Jennings, Alma Marie
Alma Marie Fish, oldest daughter of Loyd and Clara (Smith) Fish of near Mt. Moriah was born July 2, 1925, near Martinsville, Mo. and died August 29, 1946 at Bethany, Mo. at the tender age of 21 years one month and 27 days.
She was united in marriage to Paul Kenneth Jennings of Bethany on June 9, 1944. To this union one son was stillborn on August 29, 1946 as her life slowly ebbed away. He was named Paul Kenneth, Jr.
Alma became a member of the Mt. Olive Christian Church where she was baptized August 24, 1941 by the Rev. O.D. Hedges, and where she remained a faithful member until the end. All that knew Alma loved her. She had a sweet personality and always wore a beautiful smile for everybody. She made friends wherever she went and always kept them. She taught school for two terms while her husband was in the Navy. The children all loved her. Her great joy in life was buying little gifts and helping others to make them happy.
She leaves to mourn her passing her devoted husband, Paul; her parents Mrms Loyd Fish, three sisters and two brothers, Clella Mae, Virgie, Pauline and Truman of the home and Alva in the South Pacific in the army. Grandparents, Mrsms Henry Smith of Ridgeway, Mrs. Sam Fish of Eagleville. Grandpa Fish whom Alma loved dearly, preceded her in death June 1, 1945. A host of other relatives and friends also survive. Alma will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
A double funeral service was held Sunday Sept. 1 at the Christian Church in Bethany by the Rev. O.D. Hedges assisted by the Rev. Huell Warren, pastor. The church was filled with relatives and friends and the casket that held the mother and baby was banked with beautiful flowers. Clark Foutch of Ridgeway sang "Does Jesus Care?" and "Going Down the Valley". The flower girls were school mates of Alma's. Pall bearers were Dollie, Darrel and LaVern Jennings and Wilbur, Clayton and Raymond Martin. She was laid to rest in Miriam Cemetery.
Source: Newspaper clipping in the personal papers of Clara E. Fish
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