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Reynolds County, Missouri
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Obituaries and Death Notices

Martha J.Allen 
daughter of Jesse & Matilda Allen, on Reynolds Co., Mo., died of winter fever, 6 Nov. 1857, age 16 yrs. By M. L. Maddy. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

William D. Dickson
William D. Dickson, Missouri legislator and Confederate veteran, died at his home in Reynolds county, July 6th. Almost sixty years ago Mr. Dickson came to Reynolds county, then an unbroken wilderness. With his own hands he cleared a patch of ground, built a one-room cabin and established a home in Doe Run valley, where he spent the remainder of his life. In the second year of the Civil War he enlisted in Company B, Third Missouri cavalry, under Green and gave his best services to the cause of the South. After the close of the war, he retired to his farm where he lived until 1890 when he was chosen by the people of Reynolds county to represent them in the Missouri legislature. He was re-elected for a second term in 1892. Mr. Dickson was a native of Kentucky where he was born Dec. 13,1837. He was quiet and unassuming, but when he spoke it was brief and to the point. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and was recognized as a conscientious and public spirited citizen.
[Missouri Historical Review, v. 11, By Francis Asbury Sampson, 1917 submitted by K.T.]

William Elmer Ebert
William Elmer Ebert, 88 year-old Lesterville resident, died Feb. 19 in the Texas County Memorial Hospital. He was born July 30, 1888 in Lesterville. He was married to the former Clar McGowan, Dec. 22, 1918 in Ironton. He is survived by his widow; four sons, Clarence of Lesterville, Richard and Gilbert of Houston and Ray of Sunland, Calif.; four daughters, Mary Fields of Lebanon, Gladys Gieser of Cocoa, Fla., Shirley Lemonik of Chicago and Fay Topper of Elgin, Ill.; a brother Charles of Lesterville; 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb 21 in the Evans Funeral Home. The Rev. Roy Hamlett and the Rev. Harold Skinner officiated. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery. ["The Mountain Echo", Mar. 2, 1977 - Sub. by Robert King]

Mrs. Annie Hershir
was born in Switzerland, December 7, 1822, and died at the residence of her son, John Luenberger, at Edge Hill, Reynolds county Missouri, December 24, 1892, aged 60 years and 17 days. Mother Hershir came to Missouri a few years ago to pass the remainder of her life with her dearly loved son. She was a devoted member of the Ev. Lutheran church and a short time before loving spirit left its clay tenement, she said, "I am ready to depart, I do not fear death." Her aged husband, her son and his family have the sympathy of their neighbors and they have the assurance that their loved companion and mother is at rest where sorrows never enter, and where bliss has no alloy. Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. Adams.
Source: Iron County Register, Ironton, Iron Co., MO., Jan. 5, 1893

Charles William Hodges
Charles William Hodges, 96, of Lesterville, died October 29, at the Camelot Nursing Home in Farmington. He was born in Lesterville, to John B. Hodges and Theodosia Scoggin. He lived 30 years in Lesterville and in Elvins 50 years. He was married to Ethel Lester on August 23, 1914. He retired as Safety Man, from St. Joe Minerals. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Lesterville, Hopewell Lodge # 239 AF and AM and OFS Chapter # 273 Lesterville. He was preceded in death by his wife Ethel Hodges, on July 3, 1982 and a one son, William Paul, four brothers, Lou, Warner, Willard and Lingle Hodges. Survivors include six children, Maurice Hodges of Bay, Missouri, Hansford Hodges, DeSoto, Mrs. Marion Hutchings of Imperial, Mrs. Lucille Goggin of Flat River, John Hodges Sr., of Farmington and Donald Hodges of Doe Run; one brother, Carl Hodges of Lesterville; three sisters, Mildred Lewis of St. Louis, Marjorie Shelmire of North Ridge, California and Ruth Voyles of Lesterville; twenty-seven grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 1, at 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Baptist Church of Lesterville, under the direction of Bryson Funeral Home, with Reverend Lloyd Engleman officiating, Mrs. Lloyd Engleman, organist, and David Goggin, soloist. His grandsons served as pallbearers. Burial was at Lesterville Memorial. Contributions may be sent to Fellowship Baptist Church in Lesterville. ["The Mountain Echo", Nov. 2, 1988 - Sub. by Robert King]

John Fount St. Clair
John Fount St. Clair, 56 year old truck driver of Lesterville, died Friday in his home. He was born May 20, 1920 in Lesterville. He was married to the former Norma Shy. He is survived by his widow; three daughters, Toni St. Clair of St. Louis, Teri Denbow of St. Clair and Cari St. Clair of Lesterville; a son, Bill of Lesterville; a brother, Noel of Lesterville and a sister, Amy Owen of St. Johns. Funeral services were held Monday in White Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Smith officiated. Burial was in the Lesterville Memorial Cemetery. ["The Mountain Echo", Mar. 16, 1977 - Sub. by Robert King]

Mrs. Zilla Annabelle Schafer
POCAHONTAS, AR--Mrs. Zilla Annabelle Schafer, 83, of 311 S. Pratt St., Pocahontas, passed away in Randolph County Medical Center, Saturday (Jan 8, 1983).  She was born Nov 8, 1899 in Bunker, MO, a daughter of the late John and Permilia Medley Goforth.  Her husband, Ervin Schafer preceded her in death.
Survivors include four sons, Melvin Schafer of Reyno, Pern Schafer of Route 4, Pocahontas, Carl Schafer of Farmington, AR, and Eugene Schafer of Pocahontas; two daughters, Mrs. Earlene Jones of Prairie Grove and Mrs. Ruth Watson of Huntsville; three sisters, Mrs. Florence Rivers of Bunker, Mrs. Ida Camden of Farmington, MO, and Mrs. Lucy Randolph of Port Ellington, Mo; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Revs. Richard Bowers and Jim Bundy officiating.  Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabb's in charge.  Pallbearers were Robert Woodard, Lonnie Long, Roland McCarroll, Gene  Thomas, Cloyce Flannery and Franklin Tribble.
 --Contributed by Freda Roberts.

William Edward Lundry,
60, of Rt. 1, Gatewood, Mo., passed away in St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro, (AR) Saturday (May 18, 1985).  He was born Sept. 20, 1924 in Bunker, Mo., a son of the late William Perry and Cynthia Meade Lundry.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Violet Caldwell Lundry of the home; a stepson, Arthur Caldwell of Poynor, Mo.; two brothers, Delbert Lundry of Mammoth Spring (AR) and Walter Lundry of Salem, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Faye Bell of Salem; one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home (Pocahontas, AR) with Joe McDonald and James Frey officiating.
Burial followed in Warm Springs Cemetery (Randolph County, AR) with McNabb's in charge. 
--Pocahontas Star Herald, May 23, 1985; submitted by Freda Roberts.

James Thornton
son of John & Hannah Thornton, of Reynolds Co., Mo., died of winter fever, 15 Dec. 1857, aged 30 yrs 7 mos. Left a wife and mother. By M. L. Maddy. [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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