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Obituaries and Death Notices

Baker, Eliza
Aug. 5, age 22, Johnston Co. Mo.
Source: The following records were published in the "Weekly Missouri Sentinel," published at Columbia, Missouri, issue of December 30, 1852:"Deaths on the Plains this Season"Source: "Missouri Pioneers, County and Genealogical Records," Volume 2,compiled and published by Mrs. Nadine Hodges, Mrs. John Vineyard, and Mrs. Howard Woodruff, 1968; transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team

Gladys Breshears
Gladys M. Breshears, 97, Warrensburg, Mo., died April 26, 2008, at the Warrensburg Medical Center.
She was born August 4, 1910, in Preston, Mo., to Buford and Elizabeth Smith Bybee. She attended grade school at New Haven near Preston and graduated from Urbana High School in 1929. She received a teaching certificate from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar and taught school in St Clair and Hickory Counties. She Married Lowell Breshears in 1931 in Buffalo, Mo., and they lived on a farm near Fristoe for many years. She was a former director of the Benton County Council, a member of the Fristoe Saddle Club and Fristoe Good Neighbor Club and the New Home Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002 and a son, Ronald Breshears, in 2004. Survivors include two sons, Voyn Breshears of Lone Jack and Neil Breshears of Stockton; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 pm Wednesday, April 30, at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial will be in the South New Home Cemetery near Cross Timbers [The Index, c. April 2008]

Francis Marion Cockrell
SENATOR COCKRELL IS DEAD -- The End to the famous Missourian in his 82nd year
Served thirty years in the Senate, from which he retired in 1905, since when he has been in Government Work in Washington. Francis Marion Cockrell, Thirty years a United States senator from Missouri, died Monday in his room in the Buckingham Hotel, Washington. The body will be taken to Warrensburg, Mo. the old Cockrell home. He had read the morning papers and was eating a light breakfast when he fell back in the chair dead. Senator Cockrell was 81 years old Oct. 1. He was elected to the Senate in 1875 and retired in 1905, when the Republican landslide for Roosevelt swept the state. Roosevelt gave him a place President Roosevelt immediately offered Senator Cockrell a place either on the Panama commission or the Interstate Commerce Commission. Senator Cockrell chose the latter. He served one term. Upon the election of President Wilson he was made a member of the commission on ordinance and fortifications. For seven years Senator Cockrell had made his home with a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bessie Cockrell, at the Buckingham. Only Sunday he asked her to take over his money affairs and handed her several cheeks. She replied: "it's Sunday, and I'm superstitious about doing business on Sunday." Senator Cockrell laughted, and said: "Well, we will straighten these matters up tomorrow."
Wanted to be buried in Missouri
A few weeks ago when a friend had died, Senator Cockrell expressed a desire to be taken back to Missouri for burial when he died. "My heart is back there in Missouri and when I die I want my resting place to be in that grand old state." he said. "It won't make any difference to the dead, but I will have my friends around me." Sort prayer service was held at the Confederate Soldiers' Home in Washington Tuesday, where many of the old comrades of Senator Cockrell live.
Forty years in Office
Senator Cockrell was born on his father's farm in Johnson Co., Missouri, Oct 1, 1834. His father, Joseph Cockrell, was the first sheriff of the county. He was a well-to-do man who had come from Kentucky. The name, Francis Marion, was suggested by an old slave of the family who had been much impressed with the story of the great Revolutionary hero. The boy went first to a log school-house, then to Hocker's Hill Academy near the Cockerill home and then to Chapel Hill College in Lafayette Co. He was graduated when he was 18 and the following year he was teacher of Greek and Latin there. At the close of that year Cockrell went to Warrensburg and read law in the office of C. O. Sillman and in 1855 was admitted to practice law and became a partner of Sillman. Wounded Several Times At the outbreak of the Civil War, Cockrell gave up his law practice and took sides with the Confederacy. He organized a company in Warrensburg, was made its captain, took part in a number of the hardest engagements of the war and rapidly rose to the rank of brigadier general. He served during the entire war. At Franklin General Cockrell came out of the battle with bullets through one arm and both legs, one leg being broken, but he was not unhorsed. He was blown into the air by the explosion of the General Grant's mines of Vicksburg and severely wounded. He was wounded in other engagements, but remained in the service. But no one ever heard Cockrell talk about his wounds or his service for the lost cause. The only wound later in evidence was a crooked finger on his right hand as a result of a wound from a shell, a fragment of the bursting shell striking his hand and breaking the finger at the joint. The surgeon dressed the wound told Cockrell the finger would be stiff ever after, and the general directed him to so set it that the finger would fit to his sword hilt, and also be in proper position when he held a pen or an apple. Other notes: He was the chairman of the committee on appropriations of the Fifty-third Congress; director of the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. In 1874 he was the leading candidate for governor of Missouri but was beaten by Charles H. Hardin "that it would be bad politics to put an ex-Confederate at the head of the ticket." He was elected Senator the following year. [Unknown Source, submitted by Ann Baughman]

Herman E. Colvin
Warrensburg - Herman E. Colvin, 62, died Monday at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City. He was born July 2, 1914, in LaMonte, son of Frederick and Amanda Cox Colvin. On Nov. 15 1943, he married Lillian Roberts, who survives of the home here. Mr. Colvin was raised and attended school in Sedalia. He moved to Warrensburg in 1932. Other survivers include two step-daughters, Mrs. Ann Delaney of here; Mrs. John Roberta Penrose, Holden; one brother O. F. Colvin, Sedalia; and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sweeney-Phillips Funeral Home here with Rev. Dale Hoak officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens here. [The Sedalia Democrat, May 25, 1977]


Mrs. Mary Dalton
died of scarlet fever in Johnson Co., Mo., 9 May 1857, aged 69 years.  She was born in Greenbrier Co., Va., where she was married to William Dalton.  They moved from there to Mo. and her husband died about 15 years ago.
Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team.

J. Winchell Forbes
J. Winchell Forbes died at his home near Columbus the second week in January. He was one whose active life was closely associated with many interesting events in pharmacy. His vigorous writings were appreciated but he was personally known to only a limited circle of friends. His autobiography we understand is a document of great historic value. [Source - Meyer Brothers Druggist 1911. Contributed by Tina Easley]

Arthur Earl Key
Arthur Earl Key, 60, of Warrensburg, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. He was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Ironton, the son of Luther Dale and Clara Janette King Key. Arthur worked as a custodian for the Warrenburg R-VI School District and volunteered at the Warrensburg Senior Center to deliver meals to homebound recipients. He was a former member of the Elks Lodge. Arthur had a great love passon for his family first (a dedicated family man), western movies and TV Shows, fishing, hunting, to laugh and play Santa and play the harmonica and six-string guitar. He was a good friend to many people. Survivors include a daughter, Corinna Key of Warrensburg; two sons, Jeff Key of Springfield and Jason Key of Warrensburg; two brothers, Donald Key of Troy and Landon Key of O'Fallon; and one grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Martha Hegedus, and Jackie Horton; two brothers, Elroy Wayne Key and Luther Gale Key. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, at the Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, with Elder Larry Stevens officiating. Cremation will follow the service. The family will reseive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. [The Daily Star Journal; June 29, 2009; Sub. by Robert King]

Luther Gale Key
Luther Gale Key, 66, of Warrensburg, died Friday, May 2, 2008, at the Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. He was born Oct. 4, 1941, in Bismark, Mo., the son of Luther D. and Clara King Key. On Nov. 18, 1974, he married Crystal Bentley in Warrensburg. Mr. Key worked as a truck driver for Haller Disposal Co. in Warrensburg. He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Warrensburg. Survivors include his wife Crystal; two sons, Michael Key and Ryan Key; two daughters, Bobbi DeLapp and Kimberly Key, all of Warrensburg; three brothers, Donald Key and Landon Key, both of St. Louis, and Arthur Key of Warrensburg; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Sweeny-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg. Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Dennis DeLapp, Jeffery Key, Jason Key, Randall Bentley, Justin Peterson and Leon Bentley. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. [The Daily Star Journal; May 5, 2008; Submitters Name: Robert King]


Patsey, Lowery-of Johnson Co., MO., died 15 Mar. 1857 in her 77th year.  50 years a member of M.E. Church.  Raised a large family.  Left an aged husband "almost in the grave" and a large family connection through this state.  By S.S. Colburn from Pleasant Hill, Missouri.  Source: "Missouri Pioneers County and Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1972; tr. by GT Transcription Team.

Henry P. Hess
Henry P. Hess died at the home of his son, Dr. H. L. Hess, 2315 Lawn Avenue, early yesterday morning. Mr. Hess had been connected with the construction department of the Home Telephone Company for eight years up to a year ago when he retired. He was 60 years old and had lived in Kansas City ten years coming here from Knobnoster, Mo. Three sons, C. W. Hess, Butler, Mo., James P. Hess and Dr. H. L. Hess of this city and one daughter, Miss Vera Hess of this city survive. Burial will be in Knobnoster, Mo. [Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Kansas, November 22, 1911, page 2, submitted by Peggy Thompson]

Patsey Lowery
LOWERY, Patsey - of Johnson Co., Mo., died 15 Mar. 1857 in her 77th year. 50 years a member of M. E. Church. Raised a large family. Left an aged husband "almost in the grave" and a large family connection through this state. By S. S. Colburn from Pleasant Hill, Missouri. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team] Transcribed by Vicki Bryan]

Salley Moore
MOORE, Salley - died in Rose Hill, Johnson Co., Mo., 15 Nov. 1857; for many years a member of the M. E. Church. By Warren M. Pitts. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

Frances M. Smith
died in Johnson Co., Mo., 1 Dec. 1857.  She was the dau. of Wilson D. & Elizabeth M. CARPENTER, born in Allen Co., Ky., 27 Jan. 1837; married to William Smith at the age of 18; member of M.E. Church, South for some years.  Mentions her physician, Dr. R.Z. Wall and her sister, Mary Jane Webster, and her own baby daughter.
Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team

Robert S. Windsor
WINDSOR, Robert S. - died at his residence, 15 Nov. 1857, in Johnson Co., Mo., in his 51st year. He left a helpless family of children without mother or father. By J. B. Simpson. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

William M. Wolfenbarger
W.M. Wolfenbarger Is Dead
Again the death angel has visited our community and claimed an old citizen, a good neighbor and a lovable friend, W.M. Wolfenbarger Uncle "Dick" as he was so often called, was 73 years of age. Paralysis caused his deth. He was sick for several weeks, but he bore his suffering patiently. To mourn his death he leaves two sisters, two brothers, a wife and eight sons and three daughters, the children all being married except one, and all were ready to do all that hands could do. But God said, "Thy race is won here on earth, come up higher." He found Christ and joined McKindree church at the age of 29 years, in which his steadfast faith in the Savior's love carried hime safely to the end of life's journey. The funeral services were held at McKindree, where a large crowd was present to pay the last tribute of respect to his lifeless body, after which the remains were taken and laid to rest in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
Precious father he has left you; left you, yes, forever more,But he hoped to meet his loved ones on that bright and happy shore. Lonely the house and sad the place since your father he is gone. But Ah! A brighter home than this in heaven is his own. A Friend. [Newspaper: Unknown; Submitters Name: Sharon S Francis; who adds: William M Wolfenbarger died Jul 1, 1915]

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