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Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette

1939

Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois

Transcribed by Darrel Dexter

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6 Jan 1939:

Mrs. H. H. Spann died Monday (2 Jan 1939) at home on South Main Street in Anna, aged 27 (?) years.  Her funeral was at McCarty Funeral Home.  She was born 27 Apr 1851 (?), the daughter of John Neil, of Jonesboro.

Viola Corzine died 1 Jan 1939, at home in Jonesboro, and was buried in Morgan Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Pentecostal church in Jonesboro.  She was born 22 Apr 1865, in Johnson County.    She joined the Pentecostal church in Chaffee, Mo., in 1912.  She married on 26 Jun 1930, Charlie Corzine.  She left her husband, three sisters, Mrs. Ortheo Crissip, of Jonesboro, Mrs. Carolina Hawkins, of Old Advance, Mo., and Mrs. Lillie Wilkins, of Birmingham, Ala; and two brothers, Lee Gamble, of Tulsa, Okla. and Ebb Gamble, of Ecker, Mo.

William B. Ludwig died 28 Dec 1938, in St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., following an operation for a tumor, aged 65 years, and was buried at Pocahontas, Mo., near the Lutheran church.  His funeral was at the Lutheran church in Pocahontas, Mo., where he was a member.  He married on 10 Apr 1902, Emma Sauerbrunn, of Jonesboro.  He left his widow and two children, Sadie Ludwig and Edgar Ludwig, of Jackson, Mo.  (See also 13 Jan 1939, issue.)

13 Jan 1939:

Mrs. Everett Lingle died Thursday (5 Jan 1939) in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Baptist church in Anna.   She was born 27 Nov 1889.

Jack Trexler committed suicide on the highway by shooting himself with a revolver, aged 19 years.  He was despondent over wrecking a pickup truck he had borrowed from Pat James, of Alto Pass.  The wreck was about two miles south of Cobden and Eugene Cerney was a passenger in the vehicle.  The damages to the truck amounted to about $100.  His brother, Floyd Trexler, and Norman Hardin, of Alto Pass, witnessed the shooting.

Mrs. Redman died and her funeral was last week in Irving.  She was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Lyerle, of Murphysboro, Jackson County. 

20 Jan 1939:

Kathyrn (or Catherine) C. Collis died 11 Jan 1939, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., of cancer of the stomach, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  Her funeral was at St. Mary's Catholic Church.  She was born 19 Dec 1886, at Cobden, the youngest daughter of Frank Mendenall.   She was a member of St. Ann's Solidity, president of the Mother's Club of St. Francis Xavier Church, and member of Sacred Heart Society in St. Louis..  She left her husband, Frank Collis; one son, one sister, Lena Coffman, of Anna; two brothers, Will Mendenall, of Anna, and Fred Mendenall, of Carbondale, Jackson County.  Out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral were Mrs. Birdie Mendenall, Mrs. Hugo Hester, and Mrs. John Thompson, of Belleville; Mrs. Annie Manzer, Miss Theresea and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gross, of St. Louis, Mo.

Annie Weiss died 13 Jan 1939, at home in Petersburg, Mich., after a stroke.  She was the widow of Peter Weiss and sister-in-law of Mrs. William Bartruff and George P. Weiss, of Jonesboro.  She left a son, Lelan Weiss, at home; and a stepson, La Vern Weiss, of Dundee, Mich.

Ora Brinkley died in an accident.  The funeral was at Cape Girardeau, Mo.  Mrs. Myrtle White, of U-Be-Dam Hollow, was a cousin.

27 Jan 1939:

Alvin J. R. Theis died 24 Jan 1939, at home, of bronchial pneumonia, aged 2 years, 1 month, 10 days, and was buried at Dongola.  His funeral was at home.  He was born 14 Dec 1936, at home near Balcom, the son of Willie and Mollie (Angell) Theis.  He left his parents, five brothers, Otto Theis, Edwin Theis, Gilbert Theis, Howard Theis, and Charles Theis; four sisters, Mary Louise Theis, Elsie Tessie Theis, Wilhelmina Theis, and Emma June Theis; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Theis, of Balcom and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Angell, of Cobden.

Rosie Brooks died Monday (23 Jan 1939) in Paducah, Ky., aged 86 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She used to live in Anna.  Frank Brooks and Cleo Brooks, who operate a furniture store in Paducah were her sons. 

Andrew Peter Williams died Sunday (22 Jan 1939) at the home of his son-in-law, Larkin Childers, near New Hope Church, of paralytic stroke, and was buried in Ebenezer Hall Cemetery.  His funeral was at Ebenezer Hall Church.    (See also 3 Feb 1939, issue.)

3 Feb 1939:

Jesse Parker died in St. Louis and was buried 31 Jan 1939, in Jonesboro Cemetery.  He used to live in Jonesboro and was city marshal and passenger brakeman on the M & O Railroad.  He left a widow, Mary (Elms) Parker, a sister of Mrs. Emmet Williford; and several children.

Dallas Ora Green died of streptococcus, aged about 12 years, and was buried in Friendship Cemetery.  His funeral was Tuesday (31 Jan 1939) at Goreville, Johnson County.  He was the son of Ora Green, Sr.  Mrs. Don Ridgway was a sister. 

Frances Jones died Thursday (26 Jan 1939?) at home, aged 82 years.  Her funeral was at Norris Funeral Home.  She left Miss Viola Jones, Mrs. Iola Sutton, and a granddaughter, Mary Louise Sutton, of Lansing, Mich.

Mrs. Thelma Adams died and was buried in McGinnis Cemetery.  Her funeral was at First Baptist Church in Anna.

10 Feb 1939:

Sadie (Graham) Whitley died 4 Feb 1939, at the home of her daughter, Edna Armes,  in Marion, Williamson County, aged 58 years, 4 months, 14 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  Her funeral was at First Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  She was born 21 Sep 1880, at Jerseyville, the daughter of Finley and Elizabeth Graham.  When 17 she moved to Union County with her parents from Kearney, Neb.  When a girl she joined Walnut Grove Methodist Church.  She married on 29 Mar 1901, Alvin Whitley.  They lived near Jonesboro.  Three weeks before her death she moved to her daughter's in Marion.  She was preceded in death by one sister, Ellen Graham, who died several years ago.  She left her husband, one daughter, Edna Armes, of Marion; two sons, Earl Whitley, of St. Louis, and Carl Whitley, of Oakland, Calif.; four grandchildren, Betty June Armes and Wilma Jean Armes, Norma Joan Whitley and William Carl Whitley; one sister, Clara Sanders; three brothers, Frank Graham, Charley Graham and George Graham, all of Jonesboro; and nephews and nieces.

Miss M. H. Lewis died 17 Oct 1938, at  home in Santa Anna, Calif.  She used to live in Jonesboro.

Kate (Dougherty) Sarsfield died Sunday (5 Feb 1939) in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery  Her funeral was at Grand Rapids, Mich., and at Norris & Son Funeral Home.  Out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Boucher and daughter and son, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Bill Dougherty, of Anna.

Eli F. Vick died Saturday (4 Feb 1939) at home on a farm near Mill Creek, of heart trouble and dropsy, aged 75 years, and was buried in Vick Cemetery near Mill Creek.  His funeral was at the Baptist church in Mill Creek.  He lived on the main road from Dongola to Mill Creek.  He left his widow, Ella Vick; one daughter, Mrs. Dennis Helton; two grandsons, Homer Helton and Eli Helton, of near Mill Creek; two brothers, Cephas Vick, of Diswood, Alexander County and another; and two sisters, Mary Cauble, of Elco, Alexander County, and Mrs. George Braddy, of Ullin, Pulaski County.

The mother and father of Mrs. George W. Parks, of Anna,  died 2 Feb 1939, at home in Creal Springs, Williamson County, and were buried in Creal Springs Cemetery.  They died with 13 hours of each other.

17 Feb 1939:

Elmer B. Bentley died last Wednesday (9 Feb 1939) at home in Clinton, aged 75 years, and was buried in Youngstown, Ohio.  His funeral was in Clinton.  He was born 27 Jun 1864, in West Middlesex, Pa., the son of W. Hutson and Margaret Bentley.  He attended high school at Hubbard, Ohio and graduated in 1891 from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.  He used to teach in Anna, Makanda, Dongola, Murphysboro, and Clinton.  He moved to Clinton in 1898 and was superintendent of public schools for six years.  Upon retirement he became editor of The Clinton Daily and Weekly Public.  He sold his newspaper and was elected to two terms as state representative from the 28th senatorial district.  He was the head of the Farm Loan and Trust Company, which he organized, and officer of People's Bank.  He was the traveling auditor of the state.  He married on 10 Jun 1894, Della Chase, a school teacher in Jonesboro.  He left his widow, two children, Howard H. Bentley, of Springfield, and Beulah Thompson, of Clinton.

Harry M. Thrasher committed suicide Tuesday (14 Feb 1939) at Springfield, Sangamon County.  He was the first superintendent of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and served for two years.  He was employed for 16 years in the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as a high school inspector.  For the last two years he was worked for Quarry Publishing Company.

Lennie Hines was found burned to death Wednesday (15 Feb 1939) near the old Silica Mill along the M & O Railroad in Jonesboro, aged 33 years, 3 months, 15 days, and was buried in Casper Cemetery beside his mother.  He was found by his brother, James Hines, and his clothing was badly burned.  There was a coroner's inquest.  His funeral was at Norris & Son Funeral Home.  He was born 31 Oct 1905, at Elizabethtown, Hardin County.  He lived with his father, Walter Hines, a Spanish-American War veteran, and his brother and sister.  Material witnesses who had been at a drinking party with Hines on the night of his death were placed in Union County jail and were Ford Hoyle, Virgil Cutter, Virgil Gill, and Everett McNeeley.  Rumors circulated that he was the paid arsonists who set fire to Lincoln Inn in Jonesboro and he was killed to keep him quiet.   He left his father, Walter Hines, of Jonesboro; a sister, Lulu Hines, of Jonesboro; two brothers, James Hines and Loren Hines, of Jonesboro; one nephew, Harrold Hines; six uncles, Loren Hines, of Herrin, Williamson County, Pinkney Hines, of Rosiclare, John Hines and George Hines, both of Murphysboro, Jackson County, John Toms and Bill Toms, both of Jonesboro; two aunts, Lulu Jackson, of Rosiclare, and Cinda Lambert, of Jonesboro. (See also 24 Feb 1939, and 3 Mar 1939, issues.)

A member of the Axley family died.  The family published a card of thanks to all who assisted during the illness and in the death and burial of our loved one.

Daniel Frank Lingle died 30 Jan 1939, at home near Dongola, of a fractured skull from falling from a hay loft in his barn, aged 73 years.  Charles Lingle, of Jonesboro, was a son.

24 Feb 1939:

Polly Ann Smiddy died Thursday (23 Feb 1939?) in Jonesboro of double pneumonia.  Her funeral was at home.  She was a member of the Baptist church.  There is an obituary, but the microfilm is nearly illegible.    (See also 3 Mar 1939, issue.)

William J. Bowman died last Friday (17 Feb 1939) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. T. Penninger, at Tamms, Alexander County, aged 85 years.  For the past 40 years he lived in or around Mill Creek until about a year ago.  He was constable and policeman in Mill Creek and was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church. 

3 Mar 1939:

David Trees died 23 Feb 1939, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Haire, east of Cobden,  at Cobden, after a paralytic stroke, aged 84 years, 2 months, 27 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His name is also reported as David Treece.  His funeral was at Norris Funeral Home in Anna.  He was born 26 Nov 1854.  He married in 1876 Parzedda Van Zandt.  They had seven children, of whom one daughter, Kathyrn Treece died in April 1936.  He left six children, Mrs. Van E. Hess and John E. Trees, of Indiahoma, Okla., Jacob Trees, of Herrin, Williamson County, Royal N. Trees, of Anna, Mrs. John Haire, of Cobden, Mrs. W. C. Carter, of Jonesboro; 19 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one sister, Lydia L. Watson, of Miami, Fla.; two nieces and five nephews.   A. J. Van Zandt, of west of Jonesboro, was a brother-in-law.

Franziska (Duschl) Bernhard died 26 Feb 1939, at home in Jonesboro, aged 84 years, 1 month, 27 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  Her funeral was at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, south of Jonesboro.  She was born 23 Dec 1854, on a farm about three miles south of Jonesboro, the daughter of Joseph and Theresa Duschl.  She was baptized as an infant and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran (Kornthal) Church.  She married at Kornthal Church on 13 Apr 1874, John Adam Bernhard.  They had five sons and two daughters.  Two children, Marie Bernhard and John Bernhard, preceded her in death, as did her only brother, John Duschl, and one half brother.  She left her husband, five children, Hugo Bernhard and Fred Bernhard, both of Jonesboro, Louise Mees and Leo Bernhard, both of Anna, and Egbert Bernhard, of Clairmore, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Velma (Courtright)Fries died 26 Feb 1939, at home, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ware.

Clara (Godard) Williams died 23 Feb 1939, at home in Harrisburg, Saline County.  She was married to Jasper Williams.

John Islemeyer died at home in Milwaukee, Wis.  He used to write articles for the Jonesboro Gazette.

10 Mar 1939:

Tobias Reed was killed last Saturday (4 Mar 1939) by an M. & O. Railroad train between Mountain Glen and Kaolin while crossing the trestle, aged about 47 years, and was buried in Mt. Taborn Cemetery.  He lived at Kaolin, west of Cobden.  His funeral was at Walnut Grove Church.  Sheriff Roy Wilkins and the American Legion conducted the funeral.  He was an ex-serviceman and employed in WPA work in Union County.  He left a widow, and one son, aged about 21 years.  He was a brother-in-law of Frank Hartline, of Jonesboro.

William Franklin Coryell died Monday (6 Mar 1939) at home west of Jonesboro, of cancer, aged 48 years, 10 months, and was buried in Beech Grove Cemetery.  His funeral was at Beech Grove Church.  He was born in 1891 near Alto Pass.  He married Della Fox.  They had two children, William Coryell, Jr. and Carl Franklin Coryell.  He also left his mother, Emma Duty; a sister, Ada Bright; and three brothers, Charley Coryell, Oscar Duty, and Albert Duty.

Maria Magdalena (Metzger) Duerkheimer died 1 Mar 1939, at home south of Jonesboro, aged 83 years, 7 months, 15 days, and was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery.  She was born 16 Jul 1855, at Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of Adam and Caroline Metzger.  She was confirmed on 2 Apr 1871, at Ebenezer Church, south of Jonesboro.  She married on 19 Dec 1876, Valentine Duerkheimer, who died 7 Mar 1932.  They had six children, of whom one son died in infancy.  She was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.  She left five daughters, Elizabeth Duerkheimer, of Jonesboro, Bertha Hehenberger, of Jonesboro, Christena wife of Joseph Bartruff, of Salem, Ore., Margaret wife of John Ury, of St. Louis, Mo., and Caroline wife of Henry Scherb, of Brazil, Ind.; one sister, Mrs. Caroline Duerkheimer; nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


17 Mar 1939:

Amanda Bowman died Monday (13 Mar 1939) at home on a farm near Mill Creek, aged 82 years, and was buried in Holshouser Cemetery.  Her funeral was at home.  Her husband, W. J. Bowman, died three weeks ago.  She left three children, Mrs. Frank Hastings, Cicero Holshouser, and Mrs. Ira McCommons, all of near Mill Creek; one brother, Sidney Jordan, of Mill Creek; 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchild.

Clantha Maria (Nelson) Arnold died 5 Mar 1939, at home in Alto Pass.  Her funeral was at the Congregational church.  She was born 27 Aug 1858, one of nine children of George and Nancy (Dougherty) Nelson, of Makanda.  She married in 1878 Joseph H. Arnold, of Makanda, who died in 1932.  They had four children, one of whom died in infancy.  She left three children, Seva Duncan, of Alto Pass, O. C. Arnold, of Sabase, Ariz., and J. H. Arnold, of Pittsburg, Pa.; three grandsons, Eddie Arnold and Steve Arnold, of Pittsburg, Pa., and Carrol Arnold, of Cincinnati, Ohio; three sisters, Joan Winn, of Carbondale, Jackson County, Josie Robinson, of Carterville, Williamson County, and Ellen Koss, of Makanda..

W. B. Cauble died 10 Mar 1939, or uremic poisoning in San Francisco, Calif.  He had gone to San Francisco to embark on a trip around the world.  His funeral was at the Catholic church in Murphysboro, Jackson County.  He was the son of Willis Cauble, who was the first president of Farmers State Bank at Alto Pass.  He was a physician and practiced in Peoria and Florida.  He recently resided with his sister, Mrs. L. G. Gates, in Murphysboro, Jackson County.  Mrs. L. G. Kerth, of Alto Pass, is also a sister.  His brother, A. J. Cauble, went to San Francisco to claim the body.

George Cooley fell dead 13 Mar 1939.  He was a farmer near Dongola.  He left a widow and several grown children.

William Taylor Hinkle died and was buried in Lyerle Cemetery.  His funeral was Sunday at Big Creek Baptist Church.

24 Mar 1939:

Nancy (Van Zandt) Turner died Monday (20 Mar 1939) at home in Jonesboro, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  She had been bedfast for nine years following an automobile accident on Bittner Hill in Jonesboro in 1930.  Her funeral was at First Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  She was born 10 Apr 1866, in Franklin County, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Van Zandt.  She came to Union County in 1867 with her parents.  She married at Progress, John A. Turner, who died in 1910.  She joined the Christian church in Anna in 1910.  She had eight sons and two daughters, of whom five preceded her in death, Lena Turner, Herman Turner, John Turner, Samuel Turner and Bertie Turner.  She left five children, Gay Turner and Louie Turner, of Jonesboro, Effie Pearl, of Willisville, Ted Turner, of Monsanto, near East St. Louis, and Joe Turner, of Woodstock.

William Bowen died Friday (17 Mar 1939) at U. S. Veterans' Hospital at Jefferson Barracks, Mo, aged 47 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral was at Berbling Funeral Home in Cairo, Alexander County.   He was the son of William and Margaret (Farrer) Bowen, of Anna.  He was a World War I veteran and saw service in France with the 18th Division.  He was a baker at Steger Bros. Bakery.  He left a widow, one daughter, Margaret Josephine Bowen, of Cairo; one brother, Guy Bowen, of Jonesboro; three aunts, Minnie L. David, of Anna, Nellie Scott, of Belmont, and Allie Harris, of Kansas City, Mo.; four cousins, John Lackey and Hazel Page, of Anna, Robert Lackey, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Rudolph Duschl, of Jonesboro.

Dorothy (Davie) Grant died last Saturday (18 Mar 1939) at Grant apartment in Anna, of heart disease, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at McCarty Funeral Home.  She was a pioneer radio singer in Chicago.  She left her husband, Scott Grant, linotype operator for the Anna Talk; one son, Jerry Dillow; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Davie

Sarah (Smiddy) Casper died 20 Mar 1939, at home in Jonesboro, aged 88 years, 11 months, 20 days, and was buried in Mission Chapel Cemetery.  Her funeral was at Mission Chapel Church south of Jonesboro.  She was born 31 Mar 1850, in Knoxville, Tenn., the daughter of Jesse and Agnes (Rawlins) Smiddy.  She came to Illinois with her parents when 8 years old.  She was a member of Reynoldsville Baptist Church.  She married on 5 Sep 1868, George Casper.  They had nine children, of whom two preceded her in death.  She left seven children, John Casper, George Casper, Van Casper, Tully Casper, all of Jonesboro, Alice Parker, of Jonesboro, Mary McCleary, of Miles City, Mont., and Josephine "Josie" Casper, at home; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Laura Mae Lindsey died 14 Mar 1939, aged 11 months, 11 days.  Her funeral was at home.  She left her parents, Charles and Nellie Lindsey, four brothers, Leonard Lindsey, Curtis Lindsey, Floyd Lindsey, and Lester Lindsey; and one sister, Lola Lindsey

31 Mar 1939:

Reba Maxine Arnold died last Saturday (25 Mar 1939) of pneumonia, aged 1 year, 11 months, 15 days, and was buried in Perry Cemetery.  She was the daughter of Lester Arnold of U-B Dam Hollow.  She left her parents, two brothers, Everett Arnold and Eric Arnold; and one sister, Gladys Arnold.

Mrs. James Hinkle died Tuesday (28 Mar 1939) in a hospital in Springfield, Sangamon County, after an operation for appendicitis, and was buried in Camp Ground Cemetery.  Her funeral was at Cypress, Johnson County. 

14 Apr 1939:

James M. McManus died Tuesday (11 Apr 1939) at home in Menard, of heart ailment, aged 62 years, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Villa Ridge, Pulaski County.  His funeral was at St. Patrick's Church in Cairo, Alexander County.  He practiced medicine in Cairo for 34 years and was the assistant managing officer of Anna State Hospital in 1933.  In 1934 he was appointed managing officer of Illinois Security Hospital at Menard.

Shirley Ann Yates died 10 Apr 1939, at home in Jonesboro, aged 11 months, 5 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Pentecostal church in Anna.  She was born 5 May 1938, at Anna, the daughter of William Earl Yates.  She left her parents, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Butler and Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Yates.

Moody Johns died 5 Apr 1939, at Anna, aged 51 years, 2 months, 29 days.  He was born 7 Feb 1888, at Creal Springs, Williamson County, the son of William and Sarah Johns.  He married on 6 May 1906, Bertha Johnson, of Anna.  He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church near Cobden.  He left his widow, six children, and five grandchildren, all of St. Louis; one sister, Mrs. Lewis Menton, of Alto Pass; one brother, Herman Johns, of Hillsdale, Mich.; and a brother-in-law, William Hamlet, of Creal Springs.

21 Apr 1939:

Fred Mayberry died 12 Apr 1939, aged 71 years, 22 days, and was buried in Casper Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Pentecostal church.  He was born 20 Mar 1868, the fourth son of John and Frances Mayberry.  He married on 21 Oct 1891, Ollie Dell Ralls.  He was converted and joined the Evangelical church in 1903.  He received the Holy Ghost in 1912 and joined the Pentecostal Church.  They had nine children, three of whom, Mary Mayberry, Martha Mayberry, and Della Mayberry, preceded him in death.  He left his widow, six children, Francis Jackson Mayberry, Loren Mayberry, Charles Mayberry, Fred Mayberry, and Pauline Wilson; 24 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 

Walter Hines died 13 Apr 1939, at home in Jonesboro, aged 59 years, 6 months, and was buried in Casper Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Pentecostal church.  He was born 13 Oct 1879, in Elizabethtown, Hardin County.  He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War.  He married on 19 Nov 1902, Eliza Toms, of Elizabethtown.  They had five children, of whom two preceded him in death, an infant and Lennis Hines, who died 14 Feb 1939.  He left one daughter, Lula Mitchell; two sons, James Hines and Loren Hines; one grandson, Harold Mitchell, all of Jonesboro; four brothers, John Hines and George Hines, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, Loren Hines, of Herrin, Williamson County, and Marion Hines, of Rosiclaire; and one sister, Lula Jackson, of Rosiclaire.

Thomas Jefferson Cruse died 14 Apr 1939, at home three and a half miles south of Jonesboro, aged 65 years, 1 month, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at home.  He was born 14 Mar 1874, on the farm where he died, the youngest of six children of Jacob and Sarah (Hartman) Cruse.  He married on 26 Sep 1899, Flora Brown.  He was preceded in death by one sister, Dora Brown.  He left his widow, two children, Mabel Clingingsmith and Carl Cruse, both of Jonesboro; three sisters, Josie Dillow, Mrs. Eli Meisenheimer, and Nettie Cruse, all of Jonesboro; one brother, Charles Cruse, of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Carlene Cruse and Thomas William Clingingsmith.

Mildred Kay Hartman died 18 Apr 1939, at home in Anna, aged 2 months, 3 weeks, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at home.  She was born 25 Jan 1939, the youngest of three children of Sherman Hartman.  She was the niece of Harold Wayne Hartman, of Licking, Mo.  She was the granddaughter of Craig Hartman, of Jonesboro, and August "Gus" Hertz, of Anna.   (See also 28 Apr 1939, issue.)

Judith Ann Cummins died, aged 10 years, and was buried at Anna.  Her funeral was Tuesday (18 Apr 1939) at Norris Funeral Home.  She was the daughter of George and Opal (Wheeler) Cummins, of Chicago, and the granddaughter of W. T. Wheeler, of Anna.

Lee (Kimmel) Hick died 9 Apr 1939, at home in Oak Park, and was buried at Carmi, White County.  She was born 5 Apr 1873, in Union County, the daughter of Ephraim Kimmel.  She married in 1899, Guy Hick, of Carmi, who died in 1922.  She left two sons, Dr. Ford Hick, of Chicago, and John Hick, of New York City; one sister, Mrs. Rubie McKennon, of Los Angeles, Calif.; one half sister, Carrie Stephens, of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren.

28 Apr 1939:

Robert Ray Haire died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Louis Chedotte, at Lexington, Ky. (or Mo.), of a heart attack, aged 48 years, and was buried in Machpelah Cemetery.  His funeral was Friday (21 Apr 1939) at Winkler Chapel in Lexington.  He was born 20 Sep 1890, in Anna, the son of Jesse I. and Nancy (Williams) Haire.  He spent most of his life in Pacific, Mo., and Lexington, Ky.    He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a lineman and maintenance man for Western Union.  He married on 2 Nov 1918, in St. Louis, Mary Ellen Simmerman.  He left his widow, three stepsons, Arthur L. Simmerman, of Kansas City, Mo., Ernest Simmerman, of Lexington, Clifford Simmerman, of Enid, Okla.; a daughter, Josephine Haire, of Pacific, Mo.; four brothers, Audie L. Haire, of Jonesboro, who had visited him at Pacific, Mo., over Easter, John Haire, of Cobden, Frank Haire, of St. Louis, and Theodore Haire, of Omaha, Neb.; four sisters, Mrs. Glenn Gouker, of West Frankfort, Franklin County, Mrs. James Hubbs, and Mrs. Louis Smith, of Anna, and Mrs. Louis Chedotte, of Lexington.  (See also 5 May 1939, issue.)

12 May 1939:

Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick died Monday (8 May 1939) at home on West Chestnut Street in Anna, aged 87 years, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral was at home.  He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, the son of C. E. Kirkpatrick, Sr., and came to Anna 59 years ago.  His father was the first mayor in Anna and founded Anna Pottery.  He was in the drug business and later was express agent for 25 years.  He was senior member of Corlis & Kirkpatrick and was in the coal business until four years ago.  He married in 1878, Frank Hubbard, who died years ago.  He left four sons, H. B. Kirkpatrick, of Pittsburgh, John Kirkpatrick and Cornie Kirkpatrick, of La Grange, and Hubbard Kirkpatrick, of Youngstown, Ohio; and three daughters, Maude Baker, of Orta, Fla., Harriet Kirkpatrick and Margaret Kirkpatrick, of Anna.

19 May 1939:

Robert Edward Brown died 15 May 1939, at home at 100 Lincoln Street in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral was at home.  He was born 19 Sep 1871, in Tarrant Co., Texas, the son of Andrew C. and Emma (Elkins) Brown.  He came to Illinois in 1874 with his parents and brother and settled on a farm northeast of Anna.  He attended Southern Normal University in Carbondale, Jackson County.  He taught school in Union County several years and then attended Medical College in Chicago.  He returned to Anna and started a practice as a veterinary surgeon.  In 1911 he entered the insurance business and was secretary of the Anna Loan & Improvement Company.  He was once cashier of Anna State Bank.  He conducted the East Side Apartment Building.  He was a member of Jonesboro Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He married on 22 Feb 1902, Mamie West.  He left his widow, two sons, Roy Andrew Brown and Robert West Brown, both of Anna; three grandchildren, Patricia Ellen Brown and Michael Lamer Brown, children of Roy Brown, and Marianna Brown, daughter of Robert Brown; a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Beatrice Dill, of Castle, Okla.; and her two children, Glenn Dill, Jr. and Dorothy Dill.

Lillian Hammock was killed Tuesday (16 May 1939) when a car she was riding in ran off the road at Curve Inn, about a mile north of McClure, Alexander County, aged 27 years.  The car was driven by Mrs. Lillian Husky, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., who was exonerated from all blame.  R. L. Bonfanti, of Ancell, Mo., was also in the car.  She lived at Natchez, Miss.

John Ferguson died Wednesday (17 May 1939) at home in Dongola, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  His funeral was at Big Creek Baptist Church.  He once operated a restaurant on East Davie Street in Anna.

26 May 1939:

George B. Lytton died 18 May 1939, aged 59 years, 11 months, 24 days.  His funeral was at Camp Ground Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He was born 24 May 1879, on a farm near Morganfield, Ky., the son of Thomas Henry and Lucinda (Boggs) Lytton.  When 5 or 6 he moved with his parents to Livingston Co., Ky.  In 1906 he moved to southern Illinois and since 1910 lived in or around Anna.  He married on 24 Sep 1936, Olive Medlin.  He was preceded in death by his father and one grandchild.  He left his mother, his wife, four children, Hester Browning, of Chicago, Mrs. Earl Byrd, of St. Louis, Mrs. Fred Manus, of Terre Haute, Ind., and Grethyl Lytton, of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Betty Sue Manus and Pam Manus, of Terre Haute, Ind.; three sisters, Lottie Edmonds, of Smithland, Ky., Mrs. Charles White, of Waterford, Conn., and Mrs. Walter Teitloff, of Ledbetter, Ky.; and two brothers, Thomas Lytton, of Evansville, Ill., and Robert L. Lytton, of Smithland, Ky. 

Walter Grammer died Tuesday (23 May 1939) at home of a heart attack.  His funeral was at Norris Funeral Home. 

Martin Van Buren Hileman died 23 May 1939, aged 76 years, 10 months, 8 days.  He was born 15 Jul 1862, near Saratoga, the son of Alexander and Martha Jane Hileman.  His father was in the Civil War and gave his life in service to his country.  His mother married again to Robert Franklin Lowrance.  He had six half brothers and half sisters, of whom three survive, Fred Lowrance, of Jonesboro, Ambrose Lowrance, of East Moline, and Della Kelley, of McClure, Alexander County.  He married in 1893, Ida Eudy.  They had four children, of whom two preceded him in death, Grover Hileman and Frank Hileman.  He was a farmer.  He left his widow, one son, Carl Hileman; and one daughter, Lona Hileman.

2 Jun 1939:

Ruby Brown died Tuesday (30 May 1939) at the home of a relative in Dallas, Texas, and was buried in Cobden Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Baptist church in DuQuoin, Perry County.  She was the wife of Jewell Brown and lived in DuQuoin.  Her husband was the former manager of Midwest Dairy Products Corporation in Anna.  She was one of the proprietors of R & J Tea Room.  She left her husband and one son, Valjean Brown.

9 Jun 1939:

Blanche (Boyd) Hungate died 1 Jun 1939, at the home of her sister, Mary Nimmo, aged 30 years, 9 months, 6 days, and was buried in Chapel Cemetery.  Her funeral was at home.  She was born 26 Aug 1908, the daughter of Monroe and Zora Boyd.  She married on 7 Apr 1928, Donald D. Hungate.  They had two children, one of whom, Marvin Hungate, preceded his mother in death on 7 Aug 1938.  She left her husband, one daughter, Audrey Irene Hungate, age 5 years; her parents, of Anna; four sisters, Jewel Letcher, of Centralia, Pearl King, of Anna, Mary Nimmo, of Jonesboro, and Bernetta Langston, of St. Louis; and two brothers, William L. Boyd, of St. Louis, and Colmar O. Boyd, of Anna.

Eva (Foehr) Sherer died in May 1939 in Portland, Ore., and was buried at Murphysboro, Jackson County.  She was reared in Jonesboro and was the sister of George Foehr and Philip Foehr.  She was the wife of Phil Sherer and the mother of  Bena Sherer.

16 Jun 1939:

Joseph Clarence Turner died 10 Jun 1939, at the Veterans' Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., aged 47 years, 4 months, 9 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery, with American Legion services.  His funeral was at home.  He was born 31 Jan 1892, near Jonesboro, the son of James L. and Almeda Turner.  He married in 1911, Ella Bankston, deceased.  The had five children, of whom two preceded him in death.  He entered the Army on 25 Jun 1918 and was at Camp Wheeler in Georgia.  He was discharged on 18 Nov 1918.  He left two sons, one daughter, one grandson, his parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

John Calhoun Andrews died 14 Jun 1939, at home at 494 South Main Street in Anna, of heart trouble, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at McCarty Funeral Home.  She was born in Anna, the youngest daughter of the late Capt. Hugh and Kate (Groff) Andrews.  She graduated from Anna High School and Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, Jackson County.  She taught school 10 years in Cook County.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church in Anna and the Order of the Eastern Star.  She left three sisters, C. Leona Andrews, of Anna, Margaret C. Stewart, of Ardmore, Okla., and Mary C. Andrews, of Chicago; and one niece, Miss Ruth Esther Hill.

William R. Coffman died 13 Jun 1939, at Mt. Carmel, of cancer.  He was an official of the Big Four Railroad Company for over 46 years, retiring two years ago.  He was a brother of the late F. B. "Buck" Coffman, of Jonesboro, and James M. Coffman, of Anna.

Annelise (Bush) Walton died 9 Jun 1939, at the home of her daughter, Louise Clutts, in Chicago, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the home of her daughter, Mary Hill, in Anna.  She was the second of seven children of Alexander D. and Paralee (Jean) Bush.  She graduated from Union Academy.  She married on 21 Feb 1895, Winstead Davie Walton.  She left two daughters, three grandchildren, Raymond Clutts, Joann Hill, and Robert Hill; one brother, Louis H. Bush; three sisters, Dora Bush, of Dallas, Texas, Addie Keifer, of Marshall, and Edith Bailey, of Dallas, Texas.

23 Jun 1939:

Margaret Edith Johnson drowned Sunday (18 Jun 1939) in Black River, near Poplar Bluff, Mo., aged 22 years, and was buried in McClure Cemetery in Alexander County.  Her funeral was at McClure High School gymnasium.  She worked for the E & E Beauty Shop in Jonesboro.  She left with Gerald Wayne Mosby, of Pennsylvania, who was spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Mosby, of McClure; and Dewey Cameron, of Thebes, Alexander County, for a trip to Current River Beach in Arkansas.  They stopped at East Poplar Bluff and went swimming in Black River near the tip of a small island at the mouth of Old Palmer Slough.  Her body was discovered by Roy Hayden, an employee at Wappapello Dam.  Two years ago Miss Christine Cook, of Essex, Mo., was drowned at about the same spot and within five years six people had drowned there.  She was born 12 Feb 1917, in McClure, the daughter of Sid Johnson.  She graduated from McClure High School and attended Southeast Missouri Teachers College for one year and was a graduate of Cape Girardeau School of Beauty and Culture.  She had previously worked in beauty shops in Dexter, Mo., and at Anna.  She left her parents, three brothers, Lester Johnson and Almos Johnson, of McClure, and Albert Johnson, of Anna; a sister, Mary Burton, of St. Louis, and a niece, Helen Lence Cooper, who was raised by her parents from infancy.  A photograph of her was published with the story of her death.

Mary Elizabeth Avett died 9 Jun 1939, at the home of her daughter, Nellie Sharp, in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, aged 71 years, and was buried in St. John's Cemetery.  Her funeral was at St. John's Lutheran Church.  She left six children, Nellie Sharp and Lester Avett, both of East St. Louis, Bessie Gullum, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Mary Bargman, of Darien, Mo., Carrie Schneider, of El Paso, Texas, and Roy Avett, of Yuma, Ariz.; three stepchildren, Edna Kimber, of Dongola, Fannie Vick, of Mill Creek, and Everett Avett, of Anna; a sister, Jane Lefler, of Dongola, three half sisters, Ella Penrod, of Dongola, Carrie Lingle, of Centralia, and Ruth Eader, of Mill Creek; two half brothers, George Mowery and Frank Mowery, of St. Louis; and four grandchildren.

30 Jun 1939:

John Adam Bernhard died 26 Jun 1939, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at Kornthal Lutheran Church.  He was born 26 Mar 1849, in Weingarten, Rhinefalz, Bayrn, Germany, the son of Peter and Susan Bernhard.  He was baptized in Germany as an infant and came to America with his parents when 12.  He was confirmed at St. Paul's (Kornthal) Lutheran Church by the Rev. Hoekel in 1862.  He married on 13 Apr 1874, Franjiska Duschl, deceased.  They had seven children, of whom a daughter, Marie Bernhard, and a son, John Bernhard, preceded him in death.  He left four sons, Hugo Bernhard and Fred Bernhard, of Jonesboro, Leo Bernhard, of Anna, and Egbert Bernhard, of Claremore, Okla.; one daughter, Louise Mees, of Anna; 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 

John Morris died 27 Jun 1939, at Hale-Willard Hospital in Anna, after being struck by a bus one and a half miles north of Vienna, Johnson County.  He lived at Buncombe, Johnson County. 

Robert Eugene Lively died, aged 3 years.  His funeral was 25 Jun 1939, at U B Dam Church.  He was the son of Archie Lively.

7 Jul 1939:

Dr. Samuel Martin Hock died 5 Jul 1939, at his office in Anna, aged 90 years, 11 months, 21 days, and was buried in Camp Ground Cemetery.  His funeral was at Camp Ground Church.   He was born 14 Jul 1848, in Lancaster, Pa., one of four children of Adam and Mary Hock.   He moved with his parents to Ohio at about age 12 and to Anna when about 18.  He married on 24 Dec 1871, Sarah Adeline Barringer, who died 14 Jan 1904.  They had nine children, of whom one preceded him in death in infancy.  He left eight children, Clinton B. Hock, of Milam, Kan., John A. Hock, of Energy, Williamson County, Charles W. Hock, of Anna, Henry W. Hock, of Valparaiso, Ind., Alice Bradley, of Anna, Grover C. Hock, of Plymouth, Ind., Jennie Cooper, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Zoe Shipley, of Shreveport, La.; one brother in Kansas, and 37 grandchildren.  (See also 14 July 1939, issue.)

14 Jul 1939:

Carl S. Miller died 1 Jul 1939, in Illinois Central Hospital at Chicago, and was buried in Thistlewood Cemetery.  He was transferred from St. Mary's Hospital in Cairo, Alexander County, where he was a patient for nine weeks after an operation for appendicitis.  His funeral was at the Congregational church in Mound City, Pulaski County.  He was born on a farm east of Villa Ridge, Pulaski County.  He went to Albion College and John Marshall's Law College, graduating in 1902.  He was Sunday school superintendent at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Mound City for 20 years.  He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Lodge No. 562.  He was a lawyer, state's attorney for three terms and served as Pulaski County Judge for two terms.  He was an attorney for the Illinois Central, the Big Four, and the C & E. I. Railroad. 

Adolphus Alexander Fulenwider died near Union City, Tenn., and was buried in St. John's Cemetery.  His brother, J. L. Fulenwider, and son, Jean Fulenwider, went to Tennessee and brought the body back to Union County.  His funeral was at St. John's Lutheran Church, which he joined in his youth.  He was born 1 Aug 1863, near Jonesboro, the second of 10 children of Adam and Ann Fulenwider.  He married in 1883, Martha Humphrey, who died in 1895.  He married in November 1897, Ritta A. Smith.   He was preceded in death by five sisters, Jane Fulenwider, Sophronia Fulenwider, Maggie Fulenwider, Emma Lefler, and Alice Poole.  He moved to Florida because of ill health and then to near Union City, Tenn., where he lived 27 years. He left his widow, two brothers, J. L. Fulenwider, of Jonesboro, and George W. Fulenwider, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and two sisters, Amanda Fulenwider, of Douglas, Ariz., and Mrs. William Turcey, of Sutter Creek, Calif. 

Richard LeRoy Jarvis died 11 Jul 1939, at a Peoria hospital, of heart disease, aged 64 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  A firing guard from Co. K Illinois National Guards participated in the services at the cemetery.  He was born 15 Jan 1875, in Decatur, the son of George W. and Sarah (Palmer) Jarvis.  He was a great nephew of Gov. John M. Palmer.  The family settled near Troy and then moved to Denison, Texas.  He organized a voluntary drill team called Zouaves and served as captain.  He formed a volunteer company during the Spanish-American War and was called into service 15 Jul 1898, in Houston, Texas.  He was captain of Co. I, 4th Texas Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out 10 Mar 1899.  He was sales executive for National Cash Register Co. in the South.   He married on 28 Sep 1912, Cora Edith Willard, of Jonesboro, the daughter of Charles F. and Frances (Williford) Willard.  He was in the automobile business in Cairo, Alexander County and in 1936 became head of Jarvis Chevrolet Sales in Chillicothe, Ill.  He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cairo and the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club and Businessmen’s Association.  He left a widow, two sons, Gordon Jarvis, of Chillicothe, and Richard L. Jarvis, Jr., of Cairo; and four sisters.  (See also 21 Jul 1939, issue.)

Son of Archie and Ollie Lively died.

21 Jul 1939:

Gertrude O. W. Whiteman died Saturday (15 Jul 1939) at the home of Mrs. Zetta Horrell, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  Her funeral was at First Presbyterian Church.  She was a teacher in Honolulu for about 50 years and went there as a missionary.  She educated two Chinese girls, both of whom were sent to the United States for college educations.    She came to Anna to live with her sister, Mrs. Howood, about 16 years ago.  She left one niece, Miss Maude Stocking, of California.

Monroe DeHart died Tuesday (18 Jul 1939) at Hale-Willard Hospital in Anna.  He lived at Cobden and was admitted to the hospital on Sunday (16 Jul 1939).

Mary Annis Poindexter died 14 Jul 1939, at home in Ware, aged 68 years, 5 months, 24 days, and was buried in Alto Pass Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Methodist Episcopal church in Ware.  She was born 20 Jan 1871, near Alto Pass, the daughter of Charles and Martha Jane Poindexter.  She joined Missionary Baptist Church at Alto Pass at the age of 15.  She moved to Wolf Lake in 1902 and four years ago moved to Ware. She married on 22 Jul 1888, John D. Brothers.  They had 12 children, of whom two, a daughter, Aris Poindexter, and an infant son preceded her in death.  She left three sons, Don Poindexter, of Ware, Leo Poindexter, of Murphysboro, Jackson County, and Raymond Poindexter, of Sikeston, Mo.; seven daughters, Della Boshera, Myrtle Rader, Vesta Keller, and Thelma Parks, of Ware, Esther Tucker, of Wolf Lake, Mabel Hood, and Daisy Tanning, of Anna; one brother, Emmerson Harris, of Greenway, Ark.; one sister, Cora A. Smith, of Piggott, Ark.; 22 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, 12 nieces and nephews, and several cousins.

Hazel L. Casper died this morning (21 Jul 1939?), at home in Anna, of heart trouble, aged 24 years, and was buried in Friendship Cemetery.  Her funeral was at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.  She was the daughter of H. L. Ketchie, of Dongola.  She graduated from Dongola High School in 1933.  She married in 1934 Alfonzo Casper and moved to Anna.  She worked for International Shoe Company.  She left her husband, her father, four sisters, Carrie Hinkle, of Dongola, Lela Casper, Alta Ketchie, of Anna, and Bertha Hartley, of Cairo, Alexander County; four brothers, David Ketchie, of Mounds, Pulaski County, Stephen Ketchie, of Wolf Lake, Willie Ketchie, of Woodriver, and Irvin Ketchie, of Dongola.

Sarah Elnora Corzine died 15 Jul 1939, at the home of her sister in Taylorsville, aged 49 years, 2 months, 3 days, and was buried in McGinnis Cemetery.  Her funeral was at Big Creek Baptist Church, which she joined at the age of 17 years.  She was born 12 May 1890, at Dongola, the daughter of Josiah and Sarah Howell.  She married on 18 May 1908, James E. Corzine, and lived near Balcom.  They had six children, of whom one died in infancy.  She left her husband, five children, Vivian Boyd, of Anna, Kenneth Corzine, of Dongola, Colleen Henderson, of Anna, Betty Corzine, of St. Louis, Mo., and James Corzine, of Balcom.; three grandchildren, Barbara Sue Boyd, Roberta Jane Boyd, and Kenneth Lewis Corzine; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Corzine and Mrs. R. J. Colliers, both of Taylorsville; and several nephews and nieces.

28 Jul 1939:

Steve Joarsiewicz was murdered in September 1938,  at Chester Prison, Randolph County.  A prison guard, Albert G. Bruns, was arrested and charged.  He could not speak English and was allegedly beaten to death by the guard for not obeying orders.

Laura Matilda Clardy died 11 Jul 1939, aged 48 years, 1 month, 22 days.  She was born 19 May 1891, at Grand Chain, Pulaski County, the daughter of John Hooker.  She married on 6 Mar 1909, at Bloomfield, Mo., Sheridan Clardy.  They had nine children, of whom one, Elbert Clardy, preceded her in death on 17 Jul 1938.  She joined the Pentecostal church in Carterville in 1918 and transferred to the Pentecostal church in Anna in 1927.  She left her husband, eight children, William Clardy, Fred Clardy, Velma Clardy, June Clardy, Ruby Clardy, and Betty Clardy, all at home, Mrs. Robert Wall, and Mrs. Everett Allen, of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Elbert Clardy, Jr., Verone Clardy, Gene Clardy, Burmadine Clardy, and Jimmy Clardy, of Anna; three sisters, Esther Strawn, of Pontiac, Mich., Halinda Beloney, of Carthage, Texas, Pearl Foster; four (?) brothers, Lester Arnhart, Charles Arnhart, both of Pontiac, Mich., Fred Hooker, of Carterville, Williamson County, Dan Hooker, and Frank Hooker, of Blairsville.

Mrs. Chris Steidner died 21 Jul 1939, at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Murphysboro, Jackson County, and was buried in Columbia Cemetery in Columbia, Ill.  Her funeral was at Murphysboro.  She used to live in Jonesboro.

Nancy Gore was shot to death 23 Jul 1939, while sleeping on her porch.  Her funeral was at Benton, Franklin County.  She was the second wife of Dr. George Gore.  Her stepson, George W. Gore, Jr., aged 32 years, was charged with the murder.  He was committed to Anna State Hospital by his father on 26 May 1936, and released 7 Jun 1936, after he was found to be "normal."  His wife, Kathryn Gore, age 22, testified against him.  He confessed to the murder.  (See also 4 Aug 1939, and 25 Aug 1939, issues.)

11 Aug 1939:

Ben Brookshire died Monday at Hale-Willard Hospital in Anna after he was struck by an automobile on Route 51 and 146 just east of Phoenix Flour Mill.  He was walking down East Vienna Street with groceries and a gallon jug of vinegar and stepped into the street to get a ride from Frank Eaves.  He stepped in front of a car driven by C. C. Henshaw, a log hauler from Herrin, Williamson County.  He lived east of Anna.  His wife preceded him in death several years ago.  He left a son and a daughter.

18 Aug 1939:

Viola Jane (Turner) Ray died 11 Aug 1939, in bed at East Side Apartment in Anna, of drug overdose, aged 30 years, 7 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  She was discovered by Mrs. Cecil Boyd.  Her funeral was at First Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  She was born 4 Aug 1909, at Ware, the daughter of Louie and Lillie Turner, of Jonesboro.  She married 9 Nov 1929, Walter Ray, of Anna.  Her mother preceded her in death 28 years ago.  She left her husband, her father, her stepmother, two half sisters, Vesta Turner and Nancy Turner; three half brothers, William Turner, Louie Joe Turner, and Bobby Turner; four uncles, Guy Turner, Ted Turner, Joe Turner, and Jim Reed; and two aunts, Effie Pearl and Emma Schulcutt.

Harris A. Schultz died 15 Aug 1939, at home in Cairo, Alexander County, of heart attack, and was buried in Cairo Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Lutheran church in Cairo.  He was chief clerk at Anna State Hospital.  He was prominent in Republic politics and was a Mason.  He lived in Anna until several years ago when he moved to Cairo and became proprietor of a hotel at North Cairo.

Geneva Patterson drowned 14 Aug 1939, in the lake at Mallard Hills Country Club between Cobden and Carbondale, Jackson County.  Her funeral was at First Methodist Church in Xenia, Ill.  She was the wife of A. H. Patterson, of Carbondale.

1 Sep 1939:

Mrs. Monroe Powlas died Saturday (26 Aug 1939) of a heart attack, after she was run over by a car backing out of a driveway between Mill Creek and Dongola, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  The car was driven by Carlos Poole, whose wife was a granddaughter of Mrs. Powlas.  There was a coroner's inquest.  Her funeral was at the Baptist church in Mill Creek. 

Harry Lee Verble died 26 Aug 1939, of heart trouble, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Methodist church in Wolf Lake.  He was born 23 Feb 1884, the son of Levi and America Verble.  He married Mattie Shirley and was a large landowner in the Bottoms.

Rose Nell Thompson was killed Monday (28 Aug 1939) when her car overturned on the Tamms-Ullin Road, aged 17 years, and was buried in Provo Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Baptist church in Tamms, Alexander County.  The car was owned by Joe Bass, a railroad worker, who escaped injury, as did Francis Pettit, another passenger.  She was the daughter of W. H. Thompson, of Tamms.  She left her father, stepmother, four brothers, Harry Thompson, of Cairo, Floyd Thompson, Vernon Thompson and Joe Dempsey Thompson, of Tamms; one sister, Opal Nitchens, of Bartlesville, Okla.; three half sisters, Thelma Mae Thompson, Betty Thompson, and Dortha Ann Thompson, of Tamms.

Dail A. Johnson died 22 Aug 1939, of electrocution near Salem, Marion County, aged 47 years, 7 months, 23 days.   He was born 29 Dec 1892, in Union County, one of 13 children of John A. and Vasta Anna Johnson.  He made a public profession of faith about five years ago.  He was an electrician and was working on a rural electrification project.  He married on 4 Sep 1913, Eva Forest Turner, a patient at a Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, hospital, following surgery.  He left four brothers, Dan Johnson, of South Bend, Ind., Homer Johnson, of Carbondale, Jackson County, Thurman Johnson, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Hugh Johnson, of Berea, Ohio; and five sisters, Rua Dillow, of Jonesboro, Lucretia Brown, of Carbondale, Mary Newton, of Oklahoma City, Ruth Ennen, of Van Nays, Calif., and Bernice Stewart, of Thomas, Okla.; his mother, of Oklahoma City; and nephews and nieces.

Bertha Ann (Hasting) Harvell died 25 Aug 1939, at home in Mill Creek, aged 42 years, 10 months, 24 days, and was buried in St. John's Cemetery.  Her funeral was at the Baptist church.  She was born 1 Oct 1896, the oldest daughter of seven children of Frank Hasting.  She was baptized 8 Nov 1914, and joined Mill Creek Baptist Church.  She married on 21 Sep 1916, Hugh Vick, who died 29 Sep 1917.  She married on 23 Dec 1926, Ben Harvell.  She became sick with typhoid fever about six years ago and never fully recovered.  She left her husband, her parents, two brothers, Virgil Hasting, of Cairo, Alexander County, and Clyde Hasting, of Aurora; and one sister, Ruth Watkins, of Jonesboro.

Lonnie A. Horton died Friday (25 Sep 1939) from a broken neck sustained in a fall from a load of hay, aged 57 years.  There was a coroner's inquest.  His funeral was at Dongola.  He lived on the Van Crane farm, five miles east of Anna, just off Route 146.  He left a brother, Herbert Horton.

15 Sep 1939:

Samuel K. Casey died 12 Sep 1939, of heart attack, aged 72 years.  He was the editor of the Marion Evening Post, of which he was one of the founders in 1905, and was assistant secretary of the Illinois State Teachers' Pension Fund.  He left a daughter, Laura Belle Skaggs, of Marion, Williamson County, and two grandchildren.

Ben F. McRaven, aged 64 years, and his son, Joseph McRaven, aged 27, were killed when their automobile missed a culvert as they turned off the Fruit Belt Highway near Hartman's Lane and plunged into a ditch.  The father drowned and the son's neck was broken.  There was a coroner's inquest.  Their funeral was held at Elco, Alexander County.  They lived one and a half miles north of Elco.

William Eugene Willyerd died 8 Sep 1939, aged 5 years, 2 months, 20 days.  He was born 17 Jun 1934, the son of Everett Willyerd.  His parents and two siblings were quarantined for diphtheria after his death.  He left his parents, of west of Jonesboro; one brother, James Franklin Willyerd, at home; one sister, Doris Jean Willyerd, at home; two half brothers, J. Willyerd, of Jonesboro, and Raymond Willyerd, of Jonesboro; and four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Albert Willyerd, of Jonesboro, Zella Samples, of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, and Marion Samples, of Putny, W. Va.  (See also 22 Sep 1939, issue.)

22 Sep 1939:

Curtis Adolph Hoyle died 15 Sep 1939, at Hale-Willard Hospital in Anna, of appendicitis, aged 24 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Baptist church in Anna.  He was born 17 May 1915, in Cobden, the son of Samuel Hoyle.  He moved to Jonesboro with his parents after the third grade at Cobden.  He married in early 1935, Mary Pitts.  They had one daughter.  He was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.  He worked for Bishop Mule Barn in Anna.  He left his widow, Mary Hoyle; a five-year-old daughter, Janette Hoyle; his parents, one brother, Ford Hoyle, of Jonesboro; two sisters, Eva wife of Walter Absher, of Jonesboro, and Mrs. W. H. Brantz, of Gary, Ind.

Lem Goodman died 17 Sep 1939, at Hale-Willard Hospital in Anna, following an appendicitis operation, aged 25 years, 6 months, 2 days, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Methodist church in Wolf Lake.  He was born 24 Mar 1914, the son of R. N. and Bessie Goodman, of Wolf Lake.  His brother, Moses Goodman, became ill with appendicitis at the funeral and was taken to St. Andrew’s Hospital in Murphysboro, Jackson County.  He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1933 and from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1934.  He left his parents, four brothers, John Goodman, Charles Goodman, and Harry Goodman, all of St. Louis, and Moses Goodman, at home; and one sister, Lula Bowen, of Herrin, Williamson County.

Charles Spooner died 15 Sep 1939, in a collision on Route 3, one mile north of Ware, aged 48 years.  He was in a Civilian Conservation Corps truck, which collided with a Fred Thompson truck driven by Carl Norris, of Jonesboro.  He was from Chicago, a veteran of World War I, and a member of C. C. C. Camp Hutchins at Wolf Lake.  Others injured in the collision were James Foster, age 46 years, George Campbell, Oscar Watson, Paul Davis, Apalon Schiddowski, George Heflin, and James Schultz.

James Schultz died Friday (15 Sep 1939) of skull injuries sustained in a collision on Route 3, one mile north of Ware.

29 Sep 1939:

Thomas Peter Isom died Sunday (24 Sep 1939) in Anna at Hale-Willard Hospital, of injuries sustained Saturday (23 Sep 1939) when struck by a passing car as he was entering a car near West Vienna, Johnson County, aged 78 years, and was buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.   His funeral was at Pleasant Grove Church near Anna.

T. J. Lackey died Sunday (24 Sep 1939) at Hale-Willard Hospital in Anna, aged 66 years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at his home at Ullin, Pulaski County.  He was admitted to the hospital on 22 Sep 1939.  He was born near Ullin and lived near there his entire life.  He left a widow, Helen (Hess) Lackey; a sister, Mrs. Ora Wright, of Crescent City, Ill.; and a brother, W. P. Lackey, of Ullin.

6 Oct 1939:

Albert Zimmerman was killed Saturday (30 Sep 1939) in an automobile accident on Highway 146, about a half mile east of Anna, near the Log Cabin, aged 59 years.  His car was driven by his son, Herbert Zimmerman, and collided with one driven by Robert Ledbetter.  His funeral was at Mt. Pleasant.  He left a widow, Pearl Zimmerman, who was badly injured in the collision; and one son, Herbert Zimmerman.

Forrest "Blackie" Combests died Sunday (1 Oct 1939) in a hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., from injuries received in a motorcycle accident at Fredericktown, Mo., aged 40 years, and was buried in Kentucky.  He was on his way home from a Little Egypt Motor Club weekend outing at Lake Kilarney, in Missouri.  He was the body and dent man at Karraker Chevrolet Garage in Dongola.  Stewart "Tony" Whiting, a truck driver for Fruit Belt System, was badly injured in the accident and was the brother of Mrs. Freddie Whiting, proprietress of Jonesboro Beauty Shop.

Thomas Bouton Tibbets died 3 Oct 1939, at the home of his sister, Jennie Cluster, in Gary, Ind., where he had lived for the past two years, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.  His funeral was at the Norris & Son Funeral Home Chapel.  He was born 17 Nov 1899, in Jonesboro, the son of Albert S. and Esther Tibbets.  He joined the Baptist church in Jonesboro as a young man.  He left his sister, Jennie Cluster, of Gary, Ind.; three nephews, John Coffman, Thomas Coffman, and John Charles Tibbets, all of Jonesboro; one niece, Maryan Tibbets, of Jonesboro; two aunts, Marcia Tibbets, of Gary, Ind., and Lucy Tennant, of Huntington Park, Calif.  (See also 13 Oct 1939, issue.)

20 Oct 1939:

Lee A. Rinehart died 30 Sep 1939, of a heart attack, while eating supper at his home south of Jonesboro, aged 58 years, and was buried in St. John's Cemetery.  His funeral was at Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro.  He was born in Union County and was a farmer.  He joined the Lutheran church at Mill Creek on 16 Mar 1903, and transferred to Salem Lutheran Church.  He married on 27 Sep 1904, Grace Mowery.  They had four children, of whom three preceded him in death.  He left a widow, one son, Lester Rinehart; two half sisters, and three half brothers.


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