Smith F. Minor
Rev. Smith F. Minor, aged 64 years, 2 months died at his home in Hopewell on Wednesday
April 8, 1908, after an illness of several months, of consumption. Rev. Minor lived in
and around Mt. Vernon during the past 12 years. His sons, O. C. Minor and family being
at Hopewell, and Rev. Edward M. Minor, of Norwalk , and a brother John Minor, of Greenville,
were at his bedside at the time of his death.
Rev. Minor was one of a large family of children, eight of whom lived to grow up and rear
families of their own, only one of these eight preceded him to the Beyond. Two sisters,
Mrs. Ellen Maxey and Mrs. Martha Freeze, of Greenville, and four brothers, Milton C. of
Meridain, Miss. Joseph H. and Robert, of New Mexico, and John of Greenville, survive him.
He leaves two sons, O. B. Minor and Rev. Edward M. Minor and Fred an adopted son, who mourn the
loss of a kind and loving father.
Rev. Minor was a charter member of the Universalist Church of this city having transferred his
membership from the Univeralist Church in Bingham, Ill. When the Mt. Vernon church was organized
In 1906 he was ordained to the ministry of the church of his faith and preached for the
congregation of the Universalist Church at Mt. Pleasant, Ill., until forced to discontinue
preaching entirely because of his fast failing health.
He was always an active member in the work of the Mt. Vernon church, having held the office
of Sunday School superintendent, deacon and moderator, each in turn for a number of years.
He was a friend to all who knew him and will be greatly missed by the church fellowship of
The funeral will be held at the Hopewell Church on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. J. B. Fosher
will conduct the services, after which interment will take place at Hopewell Cemetery, beside the
graves of his wife and daughter, who have gone before to serve and praise the Father in Heaven in
the clear and beautiful light of Eternal Day.
Minor, Smith Fuller - m., w., b. Virginia, lived Illinois 50 yrs., widower, minister of gospel.
Died Apr. 4, 1908, 2 pm in Mt. Vernon Twp. Of pulmonary tuberculosis.
Buried Hopewell Apr. 10.
Undertaker J. N. Johnson, Mt. Vernon. Hamilton and Gilmore, Mt. Vernon.
(Information from Jefferson County Death Records)
Submitted by: Ken Richardson