Obituaries

Ray County, MO

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Camden, Nancy Belle (Blain)
Mrs. N. Camden Died Thursday:
Mrs. Nancy Belle Camden, 83, died at her farm home southwest of Elkhorn at 7:10 p.m. Thursday. She had been in poor health for several yeas.
She was born June 7, 1872, north of Orrick, and except for seven years in Kansas City, had lived in Ray county all of her life. She was the last of five children of Thomas Blain of Kentucky and Sarah (Roe) Blain of Ray county.
At the time of her death she was the oldest living member of the Rock Falls Baptist church.
She was married March 30, 1890, to Harve Camden of Ray county. They observed their 65th wedding anniversary at the Rock Falls church last March.
Surviving are her husband, of the home; one son, Hugh Camden, Kansas City; one daughter, Mrs. Everett Hosier of the home, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
One son, Earl, died in 1919, and a daughter, Bernice, a twin of Hugh Camden, died at the age of six weeks.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Falls church with the Rev. Larry Eddington officiating. Burial will be in Riffe cemetery, north of Orrick. Good Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Unknown newspaper and date. 1955

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Campbell, George
At Hardin, Mo., Saturday night, March 4th, 1889 George Campbell, of typhoid fever. The deceased was a son of the late Ben F. Campbell of near Hardin. We learn that young Campbell was engaged to an estimable young lady of near Hardin and that they were to have been married in a short time. Richmond Conservator March 14, 1889

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Campbell, Jas. M.
Notice is hereby given that letters of administration upon the estate of Jas. M. Campbell deceased have been granted the undersigned administrator, bearing date May 14, 1889.
All persons having claims against said estate are requested to exhibit the same for allowance within one year from said date, or they may be precluded from any benefit of said estate, and if the same be not exhibited within two years from said date they will be forever barred. John L. Harrison, Executor Richmond Conservator May 30, 1889

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Campbell, John A.
"John A. Campbell Dead"
The funeral services for John A. Campbell, 78, of near Orrick, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Christ at Richmond by Rev. Harold Hayes. Burial was in the Zimmerman Cemetery.
Mr. Campbell died at 1:05 a.m. Saturday at the home of his son, Jacob Campbell, south of Orrick, after an illness of six weeks.
He was born May 16, 1871, near Lawson, the son of John F. Campbell and Martha Elliott Campbell. He spent most of his life in Ray County. In 1891 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Susan Handy. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Campbell was a member of the Richmond Church of Christ.
He is survived by seven sons, Virgil Campbell of Lawson, Jas. Campbell of Elmira, Pearl Campbell, John Campbell and Jacob Campbell of Orrick, and Wm. Campbell and Ray Campbell of North Kansas City; three daughters, Mrs. Everett Miller of Orrick, Mrs. Geo. Claypole of Braymer, and Mrs. Ray E. Tucker of North Kansas City; two sisters, Mrs. Lou Hatfield of Davis, Calif., and Mrs. Lessie Kingsley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a half-brother, Cleve Campbell of California; 34 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
LAWSON REVIEW - 11-10-1949 Contributed by Leslie Wyman Harrison

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Campbell, Joseph
Joseph Campbell, who died on the 18th of December, 1927, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Kincaid, 3 miles southeast of Knoxville, in his 89th year. Funeral was conducted by Rev. G.E. Higdon of Richmond. Interment was in the Vanbebber cemetery, 4 miles east of Knoxville.
Pall bearers were Messrs. Alfred Schooler, Elbert Vanbebber, T.J. Kelly, P.W. Goe and A.B. Mohn, and Jas. Vanbebber.
He was the son of the late Jerry Campbell, who came to Missouri in an early day, from Campbell County, Tennesse. He was born and reared and lived on his father's farm until about three years ago. He went to live at his daughter's where he passed away. He lived his entire life in Ray County. He spent four years in service during the Civil War. He was married to Julia Ann Vanbebber, Feb 4, 1866, and to this union nine-children were born, six of whom survive: Mrs. Snyder of Vibbard, Mo.; Mrs. Gabe Cramer; Mrs. Nelle Schooler of Morton; Thomas of Knoxville; Mrs. Barbara Vanbebber, Richmond; Mrs. Henry Kincaid, Knoxville. He joined the Primitive Baptist church about 35 years ago, in which faith he lived, a faithful member until death. Richmond Missourian, December 22, 1927

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Campbell, Mary Susan (Handy)
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Mary Susan Handy, daughter of Miles J. and Lucy A. Handy, was born in Hart County, Ky, Nov. 2, 1874 and departed from this life at the home of her son in Elmira, Oct. 20, 1935.
She came to Missouri with her parents at the age of 2 ½ years. They settled in St. Clair county, where she spent her childhood. When she was 15 years old she came to Ray county and made this her home since, living near Lawson at the time of her death.
She was united in marriage to John A. Campbell Dec. 14, 1892, and to this union 13 children were born, of whom three preceded her in death.
She was united with the Church of Christ at Pleasant View in September, 1897, and remained a faithful member until God called her home.
She is survived by her husband; 7 sons - Virgil of Lawson; James of Elmira; Pearl, John, William, and Jacob of Orrick; Roy of Polo; 3 daughters - Mrs. Martha Miller of Camden; Mrs. Opal Claypole of Richmond; Miss Docia of the home; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; 2 brothers; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors, who mourn her passing.
For several weeks she suffered great trials on the bed of affliction. All that loving hands could do was done, but the Savior said - Come all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

Card of Thanks
We desire to express our sincerest thanks to all for their many acts of kindness during our sickness and at the time of the death of our beloved wife and mother. - Jack Campbell and Children.
LAWSON REVIEW 10-21-1935, Submitted by Leslie Wyman

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Carleton, Moses
On the 17th day of March 1889, at his home near Millville, Moses Carleton at the age of 86 years, 1 month and 19 days.
Mr. Carleton was born in Essex county, Mass. in the year 1803 and moved to Missouri in the year 1840. He was for many years a member of the Congregational church, but after coming to Missouri joined the M.E. Church, and for more than thirty-one years was a consistent member of that body. His Christian character was beyond reproach and those who knew him best were always ready to testify to his Christian virtues. He leaves three daughters and one son to mourn his loss, who have the earnest sympathy of neighbors and friends. Richmond Conservator April 4, 1889

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Carter, George B.
KILLED BY CAR IN K.C.: Geo. B. Carter, Former Resident Here, Met Death Yesterday:
George B. Carter, 76 years old, was injured fatally early Sunday night when struck by a motor car in Kansas City, dying a few moments later.
Mr. Carter had been here last week visiting his sister, Mrs. Newton Steva, west of town, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. W. P. Blann, North Thornton street, this city.
Mr. Carter left the Blann home shortly after the dinner hour, in the motor car of his niece, Mrs. Grace Snyder, to return to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul Bradford, 219 West Sixty-first street, Kansas City, where he and Mrs. Carter have been making their home recently.
Mrs. Snyder lives in North Kansas City. Whether Mr. Carter took a street car from there to go to his home or how he happened to be at Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth street, where the accident happened, almost two blocks from his daughter's home, is not known at this time.
According to reports, Mr. Carter stepped from the east curb of the street between Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth street and collided with the front fender of a car driven by Paul L. Wilson jr., 17 years old, and was knocked to the pavement. Wilson stopped his car and started to the Menorah Hospital, in that city, but Mr. Carter was dead when he arrived there.
Mr. Carter was born west of town in the St. Cloud Springs neighborhood, on November 14, 1858, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Landon Carter, pioneer residents of this county. Mr. Carter grew to manhood in that vicinity and on October 23, 1880, married Miss Eva Glaze, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Glaze, of the same neighborhood.
Besides his widow he is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Bessie Bradford, Kansas City; Mrs. Edna Hayes, El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Jessie Dudley; Chicago; and Mrs. Myrtle Hill, El Paso. Two sons, Eugene and Monroe Carter, died several years ago. There are six grandchildren. Edward, Mike, Charles and Arch Carter, of this city, are nephews; Mrs. Nannie Buns, West Main street, an aunt; George Bates, of this city, is a cousin, Mrs. Newton Steva, west of town, a sister, and Mrs. W. P. Blann, of this city, a sister-in-law. All of them are planning to attend the funeral services which will be held in Kansas City Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of his daughter. Burial in Forrest Hill cemetery in that city.
Mr. Carter had operated grocery stores and restaurants in this city at different times during his life. Just recently he and Mrs. Carter were in the grocery business on West Lexington street, near the Orr monument works. They moved from here to Avondale, where they were in the grocery business up to a few weeks ago, when they sold out and went to Kansas City to reside with their daughter, Mrs. Bradford.
Mrs. Carter had gone to Chicago last week to visit her daughter, Mrs. Dudley, and Mr. Carter had come here to visit relatives. Mrs. Carter was to have returned from Chicago this morning and Mr. Carter had returned to the city to be there when she arrived.

Unknown newspaper: Death certificates states he died October 21, 1934

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Carver, James
James Carver, a resident of Elmira neighborhood, died at his home Tuesday after a long illness of cancer. He was about 50 years of age and was born and raised in Ray county. He was a son in law of A. B. Powell, of this ___ and is survived by the widow ___ one child. Funeral services were held Wednesday, conducted by Revs. Sam Martin and Jo__ Helm, and interment was made in the cemetery at Prairie Ridge.
The Richmond News, September 9, 1918

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Cates, Elmer
One of the many good sheriffs that Ray county has had was Mr. Elmer Cates. His father, the late John C. Cates, was sheriff from 1860 till 1862. Mr. Elmer Cates' term of office was during the years of 1903-4-5-6. He was faithful to every trust that the office imposes and made a record along that line of which any man would be proud. Two years previous to being elected sheriff Mr. Cates completed a term of four years as constable of Richmond Township and he filled that office most acceptably and was complimented by his constituency. The Cates family has lived two and one-half miles west of Richmond more than three-fourths of a century, the grandfather, Jones Cates, settling there in 1829. Honesty and integrity, energy and thrift have always been characteristics of all of them and hence they are influential. "If I was going to run for office I would want the Cates folks to be for me," said a gentleman in speaking of them the other day.
The Missourian, 6 April 1916

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Child, Elizabeth R.
We have to chronicle the sad death of the beloved wife of Colonel Jacob Tripler Child, which occurred on the Atlantic ocean, one day out from New York City, on the return trip from Siam, on October 4, 1888. She had an attack of cholera in April, 1888, and never recovered from it, and was not able to withstand the shock of a second sickness.
How sad to contemplate! After months of weary waiting, watching, and hoping, that she should soon again see the loved one, from whom she had long been separated, the fell destroyer seizes her, just at the threshold of the realization of her wishes!
Colonel Child arrived with the body on Tuesday evening to Richmond, and was met at the depot by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. All that was mortal of Mrs. Child had been embalmed and placed in a beautiful metallic casket. This was moved to the Christian Church, where the ladies of the congregation had watch over it, until it was removed to its final resting place in the City of the Dead in the west part of Richmond. The church had been appropriately wreathed and garlanded, and emblems of morning were displayed in every direction. Much of the larger portion of the business houses and many private residences were draped in mourning. The courthouse was also draped and the flag hung at half-mast. These are but tokens of the high regard with which the deceased was held by our people.
At 2"30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon a large congregation assembled at the Christian Church, to pay a last tribute of respect to the honored dead. The choir sang beautiful and appropriate hymns, and a discourse of some length was delivered by Elder James E. Dunn, which was eloquent and impressive throughout, and was an earnest appeal for the religion of the Master.
The funeral services were held on October 10, 1888, at Richmond, Missouri. Interment at Richmond City Cemetery. Colonel Jacob T. Child is known throughout the world as an able, efficient and successful United States Minister to the Kingdom of Siam. He was for many years the popular editor of the Richmond (mo.) Conservator.
On being asked by this writer for additional data, Clarence Child, Richmond, Mo., son of Colonel and Mrs. Jacob T. Child, gives the maiden name of his mother, Miss Elizabeth McRoberts, born in Knox County, Kentucky, July 12, 1842, moving to Burboun County, Ky., with her father, Andrew McRoberts, in 1858; married to Jacob T. Child in 1861, and moved to Richmond, Mo., in 1866, died at sea October 4, 1888.

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Cavanaugh, Daniel
Died At his home in Richmond Monday night Mar. 7th 1892 at 10:30 o'clock, Daniel Cavanaugh after a lingering illness. The deceased had been a resident of Richmond for many years. Was an industrious hard working man. He leaves a widow and one child, Mrs. John Maroney to mourn his death. His remains were taken to Lexington Wednesday for burial in the Catholic cemetery. Richmond Conservator March 10, 1892

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Cheshier, Sallie (Stockard)
Mrs. John Cheshier Died at Orrick
Mrs. Sallie Stockard Cheshier, 64 years old, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. T. J. Gorham, of Excelsior Springs, at 4:15 o'clock this morning. Her home was southwest of Orrick.
She was born January 1, 1879, in Ray county, the daughter of John M. and Mary Elizabeth (Thompson) Stockard of Ray county. She had lived in this county all her life.
On October 30, 1930, she was married to John Cheshier, of Orrick, who survives. She is also survived by two brothers, Dr. J. F. Stockard, of Lee's Summit, and R. H. Stockard, of Lawson, and two sisters, Mrs. T. J. Gorham, of Excelsior Springs, and Mrs. Mattie Teegarden, of Richmond.
Funeral services will be held at the Gibson Funeral home at Orrick tomorrow afternoon at 2:00. Burial will be in South Point cemetery.
Unknown newspaper and date

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Clark, Clementine (Dorton)
Death of Mrs. M. R. Clark: Mrs. Marion R. Clark passed away Sunday, February 2, at 1:05 a.m. at her home in Orrick after an illness of four months.
Mrs. Clark was born November 8, 1869 in North Orrick near old Albany and was a daughter of Edward T. Dorton of Tennessee and Pauline Dorton of Kentucky. She was an active member of the Orrick Baptist church and the order of Eastern Star. Her entire life had been spent in Ray county.
On December 26, 1901, she was united in marriage to Mr. M. R. Clark of Orrick, who survives.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Orrick Baptist church. The Rev. D. D. Schivner officiated. Burial was in South Paint (sic: s/b Point) Cemetery. Brothers-Good Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Unknown newspaper and date

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Clark, Elwood
Elwood Clark Died Thursday: Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday for Elwood E. Clark, 414 East Main Street. Mr. Clark died at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, after an illness of five years.
He was born March 23, 1887 in Rayville, the son of John C. Clark and Lucy (Stone) Clark. He had lived in Ray County all of his life.
On March 7, 1909 he was united in marriage to Jettie Bollinger, of Rayville.
He is survived by his wife of the home; one son, John C. Clark, Richmond; four daughters, Mrs. B.D. Pence, Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Glen Alspaugh, Kirkwood, Mrs. Ted Buck, Dallas, Tex., Mrs. Glen Hall, Liberty; one brother, Frank B. Clark, Richmond; one sister, Mrs. George Larkey, Rayville; and 10 grandchildren.
Mr. Clark was a member of the Christian Church and had been a produce and feed merchant, first in Rayville then in Richmond for the past 53 years.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Don Crowley and burial was in Sunny Slope cemetery. Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were: Letcher Kirkpatrick, E.P. Legg, Jim Bernard, Roy Clark, Forest Thompson and Earl Blaine.
Unknown newspaper and date

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Clark, Franklin P.
Obituary - F.P. Clark
Franklin P. Clark was born on a farm near Red Brush school house in Ray County, Mo. May 8, 1858, and passed away at his home in Orrick at 9 o'clock Monday evening August 19th at the age of 82 years.
He was the third son of family of nine children born to Ephriam and Julia (Harris) Clark and lived all his life in that vicinity until he moved with his family to Orrick in the year 1890, where he spent the remaining years of his life..
September 26, 1876 he was married to Piercy A. Popejoy, who with their tow daughters Mrs. Rosa Gallager of Enid, Okla. and Mrs. Lillie Harrison of Hardin survive.
He is also survived by two brothers, will S. Clark of Kansas City, and Jay Clark, Red Brush, two sisters, Mrs. Dora Brown, of Mountain Grove, Mo., and Mrs. Leuetta Rowland, of Orrick: five grandchildren L.C. Gallagher, of Sherman, Texas, Gladys Sheets and Glenna Wagner of Enid, Okla., Anita Mathis, of Garber Okla. & J.B. Harrison, Hardin, also six great grandchildren.
He entered the lumber business 37 years ago and remained active until a year ago when he sold his interest to a grand son.
Had Mr. Clark lived until Sept. 26 this venerable couple would have been married 62 years.
Funeral services were held from the Orrick Baptist church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon the services being conducted by Rev. Combes pastor and Rev. C.F.D. Arnold of Liberty, Interment was in Rife Cemetery. C.V. Gibson and Son had charge of arrangements.
Unknown newspaper and August 1940

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Clark, Hiram J.
At his home one mile south of Knoxville, on Fri., June 13th, 1890,. Hiram J. Clark, after several weeks illness from a cut on the arm, which resulted in blood poisoning. The deceased was one of the old settlers of that section of the county, and was highly respected by all his neighbors and acquaintances. The funeral was preached at Knoxville Sat. and the burial took place under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity of which he was an honored Member.
Richmond Conservator June 19, 1890 Buried Crammer / Cramer / Clark Cemetery

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Clark, Luann
Miss Luann Clark of Near Elkhorn Was Buried This Afternoon
Miss Luann Clark, 7 years old, of near Elkhorn, and about midnight Monday at the University of Kansas Hospital of typhoid fever. She had been ill a week. She was taken to the Kansas City, Kans., hospital in the Brothers ambulance and five minutes after arriving died.
She was born June 28, 1935, south of Elkhorn, the daughter of Frank and Minnie (Proffitt) Clark, both of Ray County. She had lived here all her life.
She is survived by her parents and one brother, Wendell, and one sister, Betty Jean Clark, of the home.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Rock Falls Church, Rev. J.A. Robb officiating.
Burial in South Point cemetery, Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors and relatives for their kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of our daughter and sister.
Our special thanks to Rev. J.A. Robb, the singers, pallbearers, flower girls and all who sent floral offerings and cards. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark, Betty Jean and Wendell.
Unknown Newspaper and Date

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Clark, Piercy Adeline (Popejoy)
Death of Mrs. F.P. Clark
Just nine days after the death of her husband which occurred August 19th, Mrs. Piercy Adeline Clark passed away at St. Joseph's .hospital in Kansas City at 4:45 o'clock Wednesday morning, Aug 28, 1940. Her death was brought about as the result of a fall at her home last Friday morning in which she sustained a broken hip.
Deceased was a native of Ray county, the daughter of John & Sarah (Brady) Popejoy and was born Jan. 25, 1866, She was married to Franklin P. Clark Sept. 26, 1878. To this union two daughters were born Mrs. Rosa Gallagher, of Enid, Okla. & Mrs. Lillie Harrison of Hardin. The daughters, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren survive.
Funeral services will be held from the Baptist church in Orrick to morrow Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. C.F.D. Arnold of Liberty assisted by Rev. E.T. Combes the pastor, Interment in Riffe cemetery beside her husband. C.V. Gibson & Son had charge of funeral arrangements.
Unknown Newspaper and Aug 1940

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Clark, Thomas B. (Rev.)
Rev. Thomas B. Clark Dead
News of the death of rev. Thos. B. Clark, which occurred at his home in Excelsior Springs, Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 1909 at 2 o’clock, came as a great shock to his many friends throughout Ray and Clay counties, any of who were not aware of his illness. His death was caused by ptomaine poisoning, which he contracted from eating a can of oysters some weeks ago. He had partially recovered from the attach and was able to go about some until ten days or two weeks ago he suffered a relapse and grew gradually worse until the end.
Deceased was a native of Ray county, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Clark who reside five miles north of Orrick. He was 56 years old, and his entire life was spent in Ray and Clay counties.
When a young man, he worked as a clerk in the general store of the writer’s father, and later clerked for Dorton & Pigg, another early day mercantile firm in Orrick. He was married to Miss Martha A. Roe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Roe of Fishing River township, who with four children, two sons, Ester, now a resident of Texas, and Alva, a resident of Arizona, and two daughters, Misses Elsie and Gertrude, who survive him. He was converted in his early manhood and joined the Baptist church. Later he decided to enter the ministry, moved to Liberty and became a student of William Jewell college, from which institution he graduated some years ago, and since that time served as pastor of a number of Baptist churches in Ray county.
It was the writer’s good fortune to know him long and well, and we only knew him to esteem him more highly as the years passed by. We will miss his kindly smile and friendly greeting, for he seldom visited Orrick that he did not call at this office, if it was only long enough to shake hands and inquire after the health of ourself and family. He was a devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, a loving son and brother, and to his friends the soul of fellowship. He believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellow men, who lets into the dark placed of life the sun- (copy of obituary cut off) ….. Funeral services were held at Pisgah to-day at 12 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. W. Raines, and was in the Pisgah cemetery.
Unknown newspaper and date.

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Claypole, Samuel
Samuel L. Claypole died last night at home in Knoxville. Funeral services well be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Brothers - Joiner Funeral Home for Samuel L. Claypole, 72, who died last night at his home east of Knoxville.
The Missourian; Thursday 9 Dec 1937

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Clevenger, Cecil
Cecil, the 8 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bluford Clevenger, died Sunday, November 11th, at their home in the Wallace school district, about seven miles north-west of Orrick, after a few days illness from diphtheria. This much dreaded disease broke out in that vicinity some weeks ago, when the Wallace school, taught by Miss Looney Pigg and Miss Werle, was dismissed temporarily, when the disease first appeared in the neighborhood. Orrick Times: November 15, 1906

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Clevenger, Huey
HUEY CLEVENGER DIES: Funeral services for Huey C. Clevenger, 61, who died last Thursday night in Kansas City, were held Saturday morning at the Siegel cemetery in Kansas City. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pitman Clevenger of near Excelsior Springs. Survivors are two brothers, Henry Clevenger, route 2, Excelsior and Anderson Clevenger, Excelsior Springs, and a sister, Mrs. Callie Reyburn, of Richmond.
Unknown newspaper: August 15, 1946

NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN To all creditors and others, interested in the estate of HUEY C. CLEVENGER, Deceased, that I, intend to make final settlement thereof at the next term of the Probate Court of Ray County, State of Missouri, to be begun and held at Richmond, Missouri, on Monday, the 10th day of November, 1947. CHARLEY E. REYBURN, Administrator
Fri Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Richmond News: October 17, 1947

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Clevenger, Ida F. (Hope)
Mrs. Clevenger, wife of Mr. Blue (Bluford J.) Clevenger, died at their home near Orton at about 7 o’clock, Monday morning, December 17th, aged about 28 years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hope of near Excelsior Springs. She leaves a husband and three children, besides a number of friends to mourn her death. Interment occurred in the Pisgah cemetery Tuesday. Orrick Times: December 20, 1900

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Clevenger, Grover C.
Grover C. Clevenger Died Saturday Night:
Grover C. Clevenger, 63, died at the Veterans hospital in Wadsworth, Kansas,. at 9:15 o'clock Saturday night after an illness of several months. He had been a patient at the Veterans hospital for the past seven months.
Although his business activities called him away a good part of the time, Mr. Clevenger maintained a farm home in the Vibbard community most of his life.
He graduated from the Annapolis Naval Academy in 1910 and served in both World War I and World War II. He was a Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navel Reserve Retired and immediately prior to World War II was on recruiting duty in St. Louis. During his service in the second conflict he was stationed at the Navel Mine Test station at Solomon, Marie, Maryland.
He was appointed superintendent of Algoa Farms at Jefferson City in 1937 by Gov. Lloyd Stark and served in that capacity until 1941. He was appointed Director of Missouri Penal and Eleemysonary Institutions.
Mr. Clevenger was a member of Clay Lodge No. 207 A.F. and A.M. and also of Elks Lodge No. 101, both of Excelsior Springs.
He was born May 19, 1888 in Ray county, a son of Samuel and Emms (McCorskie) Clevenger, both of Ray county.
Survivors include one son, Samuel Clevenger of Dhahran, Saudi, Arabia; two daughters, Mrs. Pamela Sullenger, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mrs. Thelma Lucas, Sarasota, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Wollard Rust of Richmond and Mrs. Myra Sisk of Excelsior Springs and three grand-children.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Hugh Snider at the Prichard Chapel in Excelsior Springs at 2 oclock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in the Excelsior Springs Masonic cemetery with Masonic rites at the grave.
Mrs. Keith Grubbs will be organist for the service and Mrs.Dorothy Short, soloist.
Pallbears will be Hubert Williams, Dr. Elmer Johnston, Joe Eberle, Austin McGinniss, Henry Lowenstien and Waldo Holt.
Richmond News: April 7, 1952

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Clevenger, Murray
"Rites Sunday for Murray Clevenger; Died Friday"
Funeral services for Murray Clevenger, 83 year old retired grocer, were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Thurman chapel with the Rev. W. A. Lindsey officiating. He was assisted by E. P. Legg, of the Christian church. Mr. Clevenger was a deacon in the Christian church. Pallbearers were Forrest Thompson, Elmer Lambert, Charles Brown, Dick, Dale, Earl Blain and Jesse Phipps.
Mr. Clevenger, who had been in prior health for several months, died at 1:20 p.m. Friday at the Cedarcroft nursing home in Independence, Mo.
He was born Feb. 15, 1876, in Newport, Tenn., a son of Ananias and Betty (Lillard) Clevenger and had lived in Ray county since he was a young man. On Jan. 1, 1898, he was married to Rosamond Bowers of Vibbard, who died May 9, 1944.
Surviving are two sons, James M. Clevenger of Kansas City and Myron Clevenger of Richmond; three daughters, Mrs. W.J. Birnell of Kansas City and Mrs. L.D. Martin and Mrs. Victor Hicks of Richmond; one brother, Will Clevenger of Wellsville, Kan.; one sister, Mrs. Claudia Newman of Kansas City, 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
RICHMOND NEWS 06-01-1959, Submitted by Leslie Harrison Wyman

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Clevenger, Ottie (Mitchell)
There are two newly made graves in the Brasher cemetery, where sleep the remains of Mrs. Edward Clevenger, nee Miss Ottie Mitchell, and her infant babe, that was born to them December 4th, at their home four miles northwest of Orrick. The babe got only a glimpse of this cold and cruel world and was then called home to Him who gave it and was buried in the Brasher cemetery Friday. The mother, too, after hours of suffering, joined their little one in eternity at about 12 o'clock Friday night, and her remains were laid to rest Sunday.
Orrick Times, December 12, 1901

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Clevenger, Pitman
Pitman Clevenger Dead: Pitman Clevenger, an old resident of Ray county residing near Excelsior Springs, died at his home last Friday, June 11th. Mr. Clevenger had been in falling health for some time and on Monday previous to his death entered into a sleep which continued until his death Friday. The deceased was born and reared in Western Ray county, where his entire life of 61 years had been spent, and was the son of the late Pitman and Nancy Clevenger, pioneer settlers of that section. He is survived by the widow and five children, Mrs. James Reyburn, of the vicinity of Richmond, being among the number. The burial occurred Saturday at the Seigle cemetery. Unknown newspaper and date: d. June 11, 1909

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Clevenger, Wilhelmina (Ley)
Mrs. L. Clevenger Dies Tuesday: Mrs. Wilhelmina Ley Clevenger, 72, 210 W. Excelsior street, Excelsior Springs, died Tuesday at her home. She had been under a doctor's care for several months.
Mrs. Clevenger was born on April 4, 1885, in Auilla, Indiana, to Custave and Caroline Schneider Ley. She had lived in Ray and Clay counties most of her life.
Her family moved to Westphalia, Kansas, in 1890 and then to Excelsior Springs in 1903. Several years later she was employed by the law firm of Cravens and Moore before her marriage in 1916 to Grover C. Clevenger of Ray county. Her husband died in 1952.
She is survived by one son, Samuel Ley Clevenger, who is at present in Saudi Arabia; two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Lucas, of Liberty, and Mrs. Pamela Sullenger, of Tucson, Arizona; one brother, Bernard Ley, Topeka, Kansas; one sister, Miss Helen Ley, Liberty; and four grandchildren.
Prichard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements..
The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday at the Prichard chapel in Excelsior Springs.
Requiem Mass will be held at St. Ann's Catholic church in Excelsior Springs at 9 a.m. Saturday with Fr. Edward Mallen, Liberty, officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill cemetery.
Richmond News, June 19, 1957

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Coffman, Seymour
At his home near Georgeville, Mo., Sunday, April 14th, 1889, Mr. Seymour Coffman,. from disease of the stomach. Mr. Coffman was a highly respected citizen of that section, and had many warm friends. His remains were buried at the Wild {Antioch} Church cemetery.
Richmond Conservator 18 April 1889 {Note: His name is actually Saymore Coffman)

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Colley, Esther Odell Turnage
Death of Aged Woman
Mrs. Esther Colley, 94 years old, passed away at Rayville, Monday at daughter's home

Mrs. Esther Colley, one of the oldest women in this section of the state, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rowena Shoemake, near Rayville, Monday, at the age of 94 years, 2 months and six days. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. She was a daughter of Edwin and Lutie Odell, and was born in Ray county, east of the present site of Excelsior Springs, January 21, 1828.

In November, 1845, she was married to Jesse C. Turnage, and to this union there were born eight children, three of whom survive: J.C. Turnage, Armstrong, Mo..; William Turnage, Fairport, Mo., and I.M. Turnage, Perry, Mo. Her first husband lost his life in the civil war in July, 1861. She was married in September 1865 to Samuel Colley, who departed this life some 37 years ago.

One daughter, Mrs. Rowena Shoemake, with whom she made her home for the past two years, was born to the second marriage.

Mrs. Colley's living descendants number 195; 4 children; 29 grandchildren; 125 great grand children, 37 great great grand children.

Soon after her first marriage she united with the Crooked River Primitive Baptist church, under the ministry of Elder William Turnage.. For the rest of her life, she continued the connection with the same church. She was devoted to her church and found no greater pleasure than attending on the service thereof. Her home was always the home of the minister and others who visited her church.

Mrs. Colley lived on the same farm from the time of her first marriage until the close of her life.arwater, both of Ray County. She had lived here all her life.
On July 5, 1910, she was married to Lonnie Covey of Orrick, who survives. She is also survived by her father and three sisters, Mrs. H. E. Wheeler, Shawnee, Okla., Mrs.


Her positive Christian character made its impression on her family. All of her children who lived to manhood and womanhood professed Christianity and were active in Christian service. Her sons and daughters feel that they owe much to their devoted and now departed mother for what they are. Her life was long as compared with others, and during her lifetime, she knew many sorrows amidst all of which she gathered strength from communion with the Redeemer.

Funeral servers were held at Crooked River church, Rayville, Wednesday, at 11:30 a.m. conducted by Elder G.E. Higdon, of this city. Burial was made in Crowley Cemetery.
Richmond News, Friday, March 31, 1922

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Collins, Arthur L.
Held Rites Today at Excelsior Springs For Arthur Collins
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Excelsior Springs Methodist church for Arthur L. Collins, 62 years old, who died at 11:45 o'clock Tuesday morning at the mine of the Elmira Coal Co. The service was conducted by the Rev. Clyde Clark. Burial was at Higginsville. The Thurman funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
He was born March 17, 1879, near Lexington, the son of Lewis C. and Marie (Croe) Collins, of Paris, Mo. He lived in Richmond sis years.
Survivors include: four sons, Willie, of Higginsville, R.B., Darrell and Donald Collins of the home; five daughters, Mrs. Russell Champman, Higginsville, mrs. Virginia Petree of Excelsior Springs and Misses Beatrice, Wanda Rose and Helen Dianne Collins of the home.
One brother, Charles Collins, of Mosby and a sister, Mrs. Katie Hicklin of Higginsville and six grandchildren also survive.
The Richmond Missourian, Unknown date, Year 1942, Submitted by Jenna Zunker

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Comer, H.J.
This community was shocked and surprised last Sunday morning by the news of the death of one of our old citizens, Mr. H.J. Comer, who had suddenly passed away after an illness of about twenty-four hours duration, from an attack of heart disease with other complication. Humphrey J. Comer was born July 5th 1819, at Chillicothe, Ohio, came to Missouri at an early age, and settled in Ray county, where he married Sarah E. Woodward in 1850, who survives him. In 1872 he removed to this city, which has since then been his residence. He died on Sunday, May 19th, 1889, aged 69 years and 10 months. He was buried at the Lile cemetery on Monday from the residence of his son-in-law, W.M. Mann, the services being conducted by Rev. W.A. Hanna. While not a member of any church. Mr. Comer hardly ever failed to attend Divine worship and has recently spent much time in reading his bible. Although incapacitated from an active participation in the duties of life, he has held many positions of trust, being city assessor at the time of his death, and no election has been held for years but what Mr. Comer was one of the judges, and his familiar face will be missed from among the judges. To the stricken wife and bereaved children we extend our sympathy in the hour of their sorrow. (Gallatin Democrat)

Mr. Comer was for many years a resident of Richmond and has quite a number of relatives still residing in Ray County. He also has many acquaintances and friends here, all of whom will regret to hear of his death.

Richmond Conservator May 30, 1889

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Comer, Kate (Kathryn H.)
MRS. KATE COMER DIES
"Aunt" Kate Comer died at the home of her grand-daughter, Mrs. Post, of near Braymer,
Sunday, February 18, 1906. Mrs. Comer was about 83 years old and had spent most of her life in Ray county. She was the mother of Daniel of Kansas, William of Kansas City, Jesse, Shawnee, Okla, George of Regal, and Mrs. Florence Barham. She was a sister to Mrs. Wiggington, of Richmond and Lafayette Branstetter of near Millville.
She had a wide acquaintance in this county and was a friend to every acquaintance.
Funeral services were conducted at the New Hope church after which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery. Unknown newspaper date 1906

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Comer, Sarah H. (Woodward)
Mrs. Sarah E. Comer Dead: From the Gallatin Democrat we take the following account of the death of a former Ray countian: "Sarah Elizabeth Woodward, daughter of Major George and Fancy Woodward, was born in Richmond, Ray county, Mo., February 4th, 1834, and died in Gallatin, Mo., January 17, 1902. She was married to Humphrey I. Comer, who died May 29th, 1889, and she was the mother of six children, three are living, Mesdames E.M. Mann and D.F. Hanna, of this city, and Ewell J., of Forth Worth, Texas. Mrs. Comer joined the Presbyterian church early in life and continued a member until her departure. Her death occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. D.F. Hanna, caused by an attack of heart disease, and was a shock to this community as very few knew of her serious illness. Mrs. Comer was a lady of fine literary attainments and with a splendid memory, there were few subjects upon which she could not talk interestingly."
Richmond Conservator: January 30, 1902

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Cooper, Mrs. Mary E. - dau. of Urban E. & Sarah CAMPBELL, died in Ray Co., Mo., 1 June 1857, in her 23rd year. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

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Covey, Alma Jane
Alma Jane Covey Dies at Orrick
Services Held at Rock Falls Church at 2:00 oClock Today.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 o’clock this afternoon from the Rock Falls church for Mrs. Alma Jane Covey, fifty-five years old, who died at her home in Orrick,

Saturday evening at 7:10 o’clock. She had been ill for two years.
Mrs. Covey was born February 25, 1885, in Ray County, the daughter of Samuel and Archie (Creason) T
Olin Wren, Durant, Okla., and Mrs. Jay Clark of Orrick.
Services were conducted by Rev. ?. J. Robb of Liberty and Rev. Ernest Combes of Orrick. She was a member of the Baptist church at Orrick. Burial was at the Lewis Cemetery, Gibson and Son in charge of arrangements.
Unknown newspaper and date

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Covey, Kenneth
Kenneth, the little 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Covey, died at their home in Orrick, Saturday night, November 2nd, from pneumonia and meningitis, following influenza. Kenneth was a bright little fellow, the only child, and idol of his parents, who have the heartfelt sympathy of everyone in their hour of great sorrow. Burial was made in South Point cemetery Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Covey, who were sick with influenza during the illness of their little one are convalescing.
Unknown newspaper and date: Buried in Lewis Cemetery

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Covey, William Harvey
William Harvey Covey, born October 10, 1884, died June 12, 1947, at the age of 62 years, 8 months, 2 days.
He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Emma Covey, one daughter, Mrs. Nina Shaffer of Kansas City; Two brothers, L. B. Covey and Jesse Covey of Orrick; Two sisters, Mrs. Ada Buckhead of Kansas City and Mrs. Mary Fry of Nevada, Mo., and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Covey and wife have been residents of California for a number of years where they are members of the Assembly of God church. Mr. and Mrs. Covey were former residents of Orrick.
Unknown newspaper and date

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Cox, Vester O.
Last Rites for Vester O. Cox Are Held Sunday

Last rites for Vester Olin Cox, 58, of Elkhorn were held Sunday afternoon at the rock Falls Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Lee officiating. Burial was in Crowley Cemetery under the direction of Quest Lile Funeral Home.

Mr. Cox was, for 21 years, owner and operator of the Elkhorn Grocery Store until 1951.

He died at 6 a.m. Friday morning at the Ray County Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health 28 years.

He was born Aug. 30, 1901 near Polo one of nine children of Edward Cox and Zella Mercer Cox, both of Missouri. He had lived in the Elkhorn community since 1920.

He was married Sept. 3, 1927 to Jane Allison of Rayville, who survives. Also surviving are three brothers, Tom Cox of Mission, Kans., Robert L. Cox of Kansas City, Kans., and Everett Cox of Richmond; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Dickey of Liberty, Mrs. Lucy Rimmer of Excelsior Springs, and Mrs. Eva Riegel of Mason City, Ill. Two sisters preceded him in death.
The Richmond News, Richmond, Missouri, 1960, Contributed by Jenna Zunker

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Cramer, Mary
Death of Miss Mary Cramer
News was received in Hardin Monday of the death of Miss Mary Cramer, which occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jas. Burnett, Kansas City early that morning following a brief illness with influenza and pneumonia. Deceased was about thirty years of age and is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cramer, well known and highly respected residents of the Ovid country, north of Hardin. Miss Cramer was a talented musician and at the time of her death was employed as teacher in a Kansas City Conservatory, where she had been since early last fall. Her remains were brought to Hardin Wednesday morning and taken to her home and the funeral and burial occurred today at New Hope. Besides the father and mother she is survived by three sisters and one brother, viz: Mrs. Dan Oster, Mrs. Jas. Burnett of Kansas City, Mrs. Joe Kavanaugh, Mrs. Isaiah Mansur and Walter Cramer, who reside north of town. Miss Cramer's untimely death has brought great sorrow to her family and host of friends who have the deepest sympathy of all.
Hardin News, Hardin, Missouri, Thursday, March 13, 1919, Submitted by Jenna Zunker

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Cramer, Ruth Crithfield
Cramer, Mrs. John A.
Mrs. John A. Cramer, Sr., died at her home south of Knoxville yesterday afternoon of complication of diseases,. in the sixteenth year of her age. Her remains will be buried to-day at the family burying ground.

Richmond Conservator June 6, 1889 Crammer - Clark Cemetery, Knoxville Township

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Craven, Henry
Henry Craven (Suicide)
Henry Craven was born on the home place, July 1863. He died June 9, 1902. His father, Washington Craven, survives him. His mother was placed in the St. Joseph Insane Asylum several years ago. She was a Miss Percella Hardwicke, daughter of Louis Hardwicke of Clay county. Henry’s grandmother Craven was Miss Prudence Grimes, sister of the late Major John Grimes of Knoxville. The following brothers and sister survive the lamented: Charles, Thomas and George Craven of Wellington, Alex. Craven of Camden and Miss Fanny Craven who lives at home. Burial at Pisgah Church on Tuesday, June 10th.
{More info about the suicide is in an article in the Reflections (Publication of Ray County Genealogical Assn.) Dec 1992, pg. 129.
Richmond Missourian 9 Jun 1902

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Creason, Eliza Jane {Harris}
DEATH OF MRS. CREASON
Aged Woman Died Near Dockery Thursday Afternoon
Mrs. Eliza Jane Creason, widow of Judge Rial Creason, and one of Ray county's esteemed women, died at the home of her son-in-law, Claude Blaine, in the Dockery country Thursday afternoon at the age of sixty-six years. Mrs. Creason had long been a sufferer from cancer and her condition had been critical for several days before death came.
Deceased, whose maiden name was Miss Eliza Jane Harris, was a daughter of Wilburn and Mary Harris, pioneer citizens of this county. She was a native Ray countian, born November 14, 1852, and was therefore, in her sixty-seventh year at the time of her death. She was the mother of four children, all of whom survive, as follows: Frank Creason, Mrs. Claude Blaine, Mrs. Arley Bates, and Mrs. Edgar James, all residents of Ray county. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother. Judge Creason died several years ago.
Mrs. Creason had been a member of the Baptist church a number of years and was a devout Christian at the time of her death. In her passing away the community has lost one of its most highly esteemed women and many are grieved at the announcement of her death..
Funeral services were held from the Orrick Baptist church this afternoon at two o'clock. Interment was made in the Riffe cemetery near Orrick. Richmond News, May 23, 1919

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Cringan, John P.
Paralysis Fatal Wednesday Afternoon to John P. Cringan---Was Native of Scotland
John P. (Jack) Cringan, one of the well known citizens of South-western Ray county, died at his home on a farm a few miles west of Camden Wednesday afternoon at the age of sixty-five years. Mr. Cringan was stricken with paralysis six weeks ago and his condition has been critical for several days before his passing away.

Funerals services were held from the Fleming church this afternoon at one o'clock, conducted by Rev. Clarence Froman, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, Orrick. The remains were interred in South Point cemetery, northeast of Orrick under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of that city, of which Mr. Cringan was an honored member.

John Cringan, a native of Aylshire, Scotland, was born September 23, 1857, a son of John Cringan, Sr., and came to this country with his parents in 1887, settling in the south-western part of this county. The father was one of the organizers of the Masonic lodge at Orrick, and the family has been prominent in that section for a number of years.

Mr. Cringan's wife died several years ago and he is survived by a daughter, Miss Sallie Cringan, who lives at home, four brothers, David, Robert, William and Huse Cringan, and a sister, Mrs. Ben Bryden, all residents of the Fleming community.

Deceased was a member of the Richmond Presbyterian church and was well and favorably known in this city.
The Richmond News Friday, November 24, 1922

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Crowley, Infant
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Crowley cemetery at Rayville for the infant daughter of Mr.. and Mrs. Forrest Crowley. The daughter was born Sunday and died Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The services were conducted by the Rev. W.E. Davis and the Thurman Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
The Missourian November 4, 1937, Thursday

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Crowley, Mrs. Jerry
DR. C. Tiffin was called to Ray Co. Jan. 14,. to perform a surgical operation in removing the left breast of Mrs. Jerry Crowley, afflicted with cancer. The operation was successfully performed and the chances of the lady fully recovering are considered excellent. Hamilton News - Graphic
Richmond Conservator January 29, 1891

OBITUARY
MRS. JERRY CROWLEY

RICHMOND CONSERVATOR THURSDAY APRIL 23,1891
DIED--On Saturday, April 18th. 1891, Mrs. Jerry Crowley at her home near Hallard, Ray County Mo. of cancer.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday by Elder W. T. Brown after which the remains were laid away in the Crooked River Church cemetery.
Crowley, Mrs. Jerry Richmond Conservator 23 Apr 1891
Died on Saturday, April 18th, 1891, Mrs. Jerry Crowley at her home near Hallard, Ray County, Mo., of cancer. Funeral services were conducted Sunday by Elder W.T. Brown, after which the remains were laid away in the Crooked River Church Cemetery.

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Crowley, John
Death of John Crowley
John Crowley died at the home of his father, near Hallard, on Tuesday, December 31st, 1901, after a years illness from consumption.
The deceased was a son of J.T. Crowley, one of the well to do farmers of that section of Ray county, and was born July 24th, 1880. He was an excellent young man, admired by all who knew him, and his death is mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends.
The body was buried Wednesday afternoon in the Crowley cemetery near Hallard.
Richmond Conservator, January 2, 1902

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Cruse, Roger Ray Countians Who Gave Their Lives For Their County in the World War (I) Source: Ray County World War Memorial Unveiling, Program sheet. May 30, 1930

Cruse Funeral Yesterday
The body of Roger Cruse, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Cruse, of Hardin, who died in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, arrived at Hardin Wednesday night, and was taken to the home of his parents, where funeral services were held Thursday morning at eleven o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.J. Reed, pastor of the Hardin Methodist church, of which deceased was a member. Interment was made in the Lavelock cemetery north of Hardin.
Mr. Cruse was graduated from Annapolis in 1917 and was a first lieutenant in the United States Navy at the time of his death. He had been in poor health for almost a year and was sent to Colorado several months ago with the hope that the change of climate would be beneficial to him. He is survived by the widow, parents, two sisters and one brother, the latter being a wireless operator in the navy at this time. Deceased was twenty-two years of age at the time of his death.
The Richmond News, November 8, 1918

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Cummins, James
Jas. Cummins, aged about 50 years, and a resident of Lawson for a number of years, was stricken with paralysis on Monday afternoon and died on Tuesday morning. He was unmarried, and leaves three sisters to mourn his death. His remains were interred at the Bethel cemetery Wednesday morning. Richmond Conservator June 6, 1889



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