The Telegraph, Alton, IL., June 19, 2004
James Earl "Jim" Allen, 76, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2004, at the White Hall Multicare Center.
Born March 25, 1928, in Alton, he was the son of Ruben and Della (Cope) Allen.
He first married Ruth Devening, who died Nov. 3, 1985. He married Lois Flatt Griffin on Jan. 30, 1987, in Missouri. She survives.
He worked for more than 35 years at Shell Oil in Wood River as a supervisor, retiring in 1985. He was a lifetime member of the Masons, belonging to the Stuart Pierson Masonic Lodge in Carrollton. He was a former member of the Elks, a longtime trustee of the Carrollton Fire Protection District and a member of Eldred Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Nancy Swanberg of Sycamore; two stepsons, Michael and Tim Griffin of Eldred; a son-in-law, Darris Wise of Newton; a grandson, Adam Trent Wise; nine stepgrandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sherry Leigh Wise; and an infant brother.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, with Masonic rites at 7:45 p.m., at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eldred Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Research or the Eldred Baptist Church.
Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
The Telegraph, Alton, IL., September 17, 2004
Emil Carreira, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at the Jerseyville Nursing and Rehab Center in Jerseyville.
Born June 3, 1912, in Honolulu, he was a son of the late John and Adalaide (Camacho) Carreira.
He married the former Anna Hamada in May 1997. She survives.
He worked in real estate most of his life, loved sports and played baseball until he was 85. He served as a pinch runner many times for the younger players. He was a record pole vaulter and loved golf. A gold medal winner at the Senior Olympics, he was also a professional bowler. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, surviving are three daughters, Shirley Clendenen and Sharon Newton, both of Eldred, and Audrey Burroughs of Carrollton; a son, Ralph Carreira of Oakland, Calif.; ninegrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beatrice Souza of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and Flora Saunders of San Diego; and a brother, Edward Carreira of Honolulu.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Clayton Carreira.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until graveside services at 11 a.m. Monday at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Eldred.
After committal rites, a luncheon will be held at the Eldred Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be given to the Eldred Baptist Church in Eldred.
Airsman-Hires Funeral Home of Carrollton is in charge of arrangements, and condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Greene County native Clifford Harold Clendenen, 74, of Woodson died Saturday afternoon, Aug. 6, 1994, at John Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis.
He was born Dec. 4, 1919, in Eldred, the son of Oscar and Bertha (Portwood) Clendenen. He married Ethel Hurt June 14, 1948, and she survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Charles Clendenen of South Korea, Michael Clendenen of Baycliff, Tex., and Kelly Clendenen of Jacksonville; two daughters, Debbie Grabel of Jacksonville and Laurie Felter of Camp Verde, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Clendenen of Georgia; and four sisters, Claudia Denny of Eldred, Viola Mitchell of White Hall, Ellen Stephany of Florida and Dorothy Smith of Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by a son, Monte Clendenen; a daughter, Teena Cook; four brothers, Carol "Blondie" Clendenen, Albert Clendenen, Robert Clendenen and Edward Clendenen; and a sister, Lucille Wheeler.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Clendenen was a heavy equipment operator for St. Louis Slag Company in St. Louis.
Visitation was Wednesday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eldred Memorial Gardens east of Eldred.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, Ill., Friday, July 2, 2004
Helen T. Daggett
1910 - 2004
Helen T. Daggett, 93, of White Hall, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville.
She was born Nov. 1, 1910, in DeSoto, Mo., the daughter of Gus and Louise Catlett Wolf. She married John "Jack" Daggett, and he preceded her in death.
She is survived by one granddaughter, Norma (husband, Bob) Varble of Carrollton; and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Daggett worked in a book bindery in St. Louis for several years prior to retirement. She loved to write poetry and received a personal letter from President Roosevelt after he read one of her poems.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. today at St. John's Catholic Church in Carrollton, with burial at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Eldred. Friends may call from 1:15 p.m. today at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton until Mass. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, Ill., Saturday, July 3, 2004
A funeral Mass for Helen Daggett was celebrated 2 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2004, at St. John's Catholic Church in Carrollton with the Rev. Henry Schmidt officiating. Organist Betty Carrico accompanied song leader Becky Reed. Pallbearers were Danny Joe Powell, Don Newby, Rick Hires and Kevin Joe Coultas. Burial was at Eldred Memorial Gardens near Eldred. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton was in charge of arrangements.
GREENE PRAIRIE PRESS, CARROLLTON, IL., WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2004
John Robert Davidson, age 85, of White Hall, died Wednesday afternoon, July 14, 2004 at Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton.
He was born Nov. 24, 1918 at Titus in Woodville Township, the son of Jesse and Beatrice Logan Davidson.
He married Julia Elenora Raines June 23, 1948 in Alton and she survives.
He is also survived by four daughters, Marsha Kathleen (husband, Ken) Hull of White Hall; Jenny Elaine (husband, John) Clough of Carrollton; Susan Elinor (husband, Paul) Cressy of Roodhouse and Jessica Bea (husband, Dan) Henry of White Hall; three sons, Malcolm Kevin (wife, Laura) Davidson of Pontiac; John Brett (wife, Linda) Davidson of Greenfield and Brennan Robert (wife, Carisa) Davidson of Roodhouse; 19 grandchildren, Jennifer, Bradley, Kelly, Jill, Janelle, Jarrett, Traci, Brian, Todd, Jennifer, Jason, Kevin, Heather, David, Brett, Nikki, Eriq, Logan and Heidi; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Aileen Whitaker and Lila Hermens, both of Eldred and Leatha France of Godfrey; and two brothers-in-law who resided in their home for a few years, George Raines of Millersville, Md. and John Raines of Godfrey.
He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Adam Austin: Opal Brannan, a cousin who was raised in their home and Dorothy Raines Deel, a sister-in-law who lived with them for several years.
He attended Eldred schools and graduated from Carrollton High School in 1937. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Jan. 2, 1942. He was a member of 2nd Marines Division, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Regiment, Headquarter's Company, Pacific Theater. Battles included Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian, Gilbert, Solomon and Mariana Islands. He was discharged in January 1946. He was an honoree on the World War II Memorial Registry in Washington, D.C. Upon returning from the war, he went into farming with his father southeast of White Hall until he accepted a position with Anderson-Clayton Foods, later known as Kraft Foods, retiring in 1986.
He was saved as a young man at the Eldred Baptist Church and later transferred his membership to the White Hall First Baptist Church. He was a member of the White Hall American Legion Post #70 and 2nd Marine Division Association.
He dearly loved his wife and children, of whom he was so proud. But he had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. There were also several of his Marine buddies that he and his wife reunited with that were more than just friends, to him they were his brothers. Semper Fi.
He also loved his "home in town" and loved caring for his yard.
Funeral services for John Davidson were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2004 at the First Baptist Church in White Hall with Revs. Jon Lobos and Jeff Bapst officiating. Vocalist Jackie Cooper sang "My God and I" and "I'll Walk With God".
Pianist Jean Coates sang "God Leads His Dear Children" and "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be". Special recorded music played during the service was Josh Groban's "Where You Are". Burial was at Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Eldred where Military services were conducted by the White Hall VFW Post 7684, the White Hall American Legion Post 70 and the Eldred American Legion Post 1135 with Comm an de r, Kenny Crabtree; William Seymoure, George McClure, Robert Dean, Sam Taylor, Robert Hammond and Clem Coates, Firing Squad; Paul Cox, Earl Spangenberg and Bob Shannon, Color Guard; and Stephanie McNeely, bugler. The Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the White Hall First Baptist Church Window Fund or Boyd Memorial Hospital. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.airsman-hires.com
The Telegraph, Alton IL., November 18, 1993
CARROLLTON - William K. Flatt, 70, died Tuesday, Nov. 16 1993, in Rockport, Texas.
A U.S. Army World War II veteran, he was a retired farmer and seed salesman. He was a member of Lions Club and American Legion Post 114, both of Carrollton, Greene County Farm Bureau and Jerseyville Moose Lodge.
Born in Eldred Jan. 30, 1923, he was a son of the late Milton, "Scotty" and Mabel (Shaw) Flatt.
He married the former Rosemary Schumann in Mount Sterling Nov. 1, 1946.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Phyllis Talbert of Arlington, Va.; three sons, William S. Flatt of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Gary and Alan Flatt, both of Carrollton; six grandchildren; and four sisters, Doris Devine of Eldred, Shirley Lasley of Jacksonville, Lois Allen of Carrollton and Frances Hedrick of Kirkwood, Mo.
A sister, Arvella Plato, and a brother, Harold Flatt, preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
The Telegraph, Alton, IL., October 7, 2004
Max Andrew Griffith, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at St. Louis University Hospital, after becoming ill Friday evening.
He was born in Haypress in Greene County May 21, 1921, one of five children of Joseph and Lucy (Berline) Griffith.
He attended the three-year Eldred High School and finished his senior year at Carrollton High School, graduating with the class of 1939. He began working for a short time at Laclede Steel in Madison before entering the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Omaha during World War II, earning an honorable discharge in 1945. Soon after returning home, he married the former June Herring on his 25th birthday, May 21, 1946, at the home of her sister in Carrollton. They spent the last 58 years together sharing their lives with others and raising a family. He was a fierce competitor and a lover of sports, both as a participant and a spectator, and was an avid Jersey Community High School Panther fan. He was also extremely active in the Jersey County and farming community, serving on many boards, including the Jersey County Farm Bureau, where he served as past president, the Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge, both in Jerseyville, and was currently serving on the American Legion Board, a director of the Soybean Operating Board, Illinois Livestock Feeders and was instrumental in the formation of the Eldred American Legion and served on the Jersey Community Unit School District 100 School Board, serving as their secretary. A farmer all his life, he farmed in Greene County east of Carrollton for a short time. He then moved to Jerseyville and operated and managed a farm north of Jerseyville, where he and his wife spent most of their adult life working and raising their family, until retirement three years ago. After retiring, he continued his busy schedule by working as an attendant at Super Wash in Jerseyville and serving as the groundskeeper for the American Legion Park. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling and golfing and was especially proud of his hole-in-one at the Lone Oak Golf Course in Carrollton.
He is survived by his wife, June; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Nancy Griffith and Glen and Sissi Griffith, all of Jerseyville; a daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Irving Solnic of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; a daughter-in-law and her husband, Sherri and John Hutchens of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Bryan and Tracy Smith of St. Jacob, Kyle Smith of Grafton, Lt. Josh Griffith, stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio, Dylan and Marissa Griffith, Blake Griffith, Struther Griffith, Beth and Craig Russell and Angie and Chris Heberling, all of Jerseyville, Trent Griffith, a freshman at Iowa Wesleyan University and Eryn and Bob Beswick of Quincy, Ill.; four great-grandchildren, Derek and Krista Russell and Jayce and Max Heberling; a sister, Lois Colman of Jerseyville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Blanche Griffith of Carrollton, Joe and Adele Griffith of Palmyra and George and Noel Griffith of Slaughter, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was a son, Kent "Albino" Griffith, on June 15, 2002; a grandson, Jeffrey Ayres; and a brother-in-law, Clarke Colman.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The Fieldon Masonic Lodge, where he served as Past Worshipful Master, will conduct ceremonies at 8 p.m.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with his nephew, the Rev. Joe Griffith III, officiating.
Burial will be at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Eldred with the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 conducting military rites.
Memorials may be made to the Panther Athletic Club.
Kilby C. Ivers, 73, of Eldred died unexpectedly at 9:18 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 1992, at his home.
Born in Bluffdale Nov. 18, 1918, son of William and Cressie (Drake) Ivers, he married Anna Mae Vinyard on March 29, 1947, in Carrollton. She survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Beverly Ivers of Springfield; two sons, Brad Ivers of Louisville, Colo., and Kevin Ivers of Helena, Mont.; six grandchildren; one brother, Jim Ivers of Eldred; and one sister, Audrey Rabe of Glassford.
He was preceded in death by one son, Stanley Ivers; and two brothers, Ward Ivers and Earl Ivers.
He retired from farming in the Hillview area after 25 years. A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Ivers was a member of the Stuart Pierson Masonic Lodge in Carrollton, the Eldred American Legion Post and the Eldred Baptist Church.
Visitation was Sunday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton with Masonic services conducted by Carrollton Stuart E. Pierson Lodge. Funeral services were held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Bill Baughman officiating. Organist Diane Wolfley accompanied Bill and Sherrie Baughman who sang "How Great Thou Art."
Casketbearers were Matt Ivers, Mark Ivers, Bruce Ivers, Eric Ivers, Bill Ivers, David Ivers, Jim Whiteside and Dean Rabe.
Military graveside rites were conducted at Memorial Gardens in Eldred by the Eldred American Legion Post.
The Telegraph, Alton, IL., August 19, 2004
Gladys Lucille King, 89, formerly of Eldred, died and went to be with Jesus at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Greenwood Manor West Nursing Home in Jerseyville. She was born July 14, 1915, in Greene County to Harry and Gladys (Day) Bushnell. She married Ebert G. King on Sept. 12, 1934. He died April 11, 1987.
She lived most of her life in Eldred and was a longtime member of the Eldred Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen and Karen King of Eldred and Jerry and Alice King of Jerseyville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and George Harding and Donna and Bennie Morris, all of Jerseyville, and Doris and Donald Muntz of Berdan; a brother and his wife, Curtis and Imogene Bushnell of Texas; four sisters, Pauline Lemon of Arkansas, Virginia Whitlock of Carrollton, Ruth and her husband, Larry, Adcock of Carrollton and Doris and her husband, Bill,DeShasier of Beckemeyer; a sister-in-law, Ardene Bushnell of Roodhouse; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Ida Bushnell; a son, Charles E. King; a sister, Audrey Ontis; and twin brothers Murl and Earl Bushnell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Interment will be at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery. After interment services, a love meal will be served at the Eldred Baptist Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to the Eldred Baptist Church Building Fund.
Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Former Eldred resident Keith David King, 88, of Waverly died Wednesday afternoon, June 29, 1994, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born March 4, 1906, in Eldred, the son of David and Antionetta (Logan) King. He married Ada Brannan Aug. 2, 1932, in Winchester, and she died Dec. 16, 1992.
He is survived by a son, Lt. Col. Keith David (K.D.) King of St. Charles, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. David (Joan) Ridings of Waverly and Mrs. Kenyon (Karen) Lorton of White Hall; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ben King of Carrollton and Gerald King of Hamilton, Ohio; and a sister, Mrs. Alice Chapman of Wood River.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles King, and a sister, Gladys Davidson.
Mr. King was a steamfitter with local 553 in Alton. He owned and operated businesses in Hillview and the Tamiami Trail in Florida for over 25 years before retiring. He attended the University of Illinois and was a member of the Hillview Baptist Church in Hillview.
Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Gardens in Eldred, with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Eulogy was given by Bud Kumler.
Casketbearers were K.D. King, David Ridings, Kenny Lorton and Wes Caruthers.
Memorials are suggested to the Waverly Rescue Squad, Waverly Library or Morgan County Visiting Nurses.
Neece Funeral Home in Waverly was in charge of arrangements.
The Telegraph, Alton, IL., July 13, 2004
Ronald Eugene King, 54, died unexpectedly at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 11, 2004, in the emergency room at Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton of natural causes.
It was in that same hospital that he was born on Dec. 6, 1949, one of two sons of Lela Mae (Woolsey) Thomasson and Morris "Gene" King, both of Jerseyville.
Reared in Jerseyville, he graduated in 1968 from Jersey Community High School. Shortly after graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Lavonne Kanallakan, on Nov. 2, 1968, in Delhi.
Just weeks after their marriage, he enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War. After discharge, he returned to the area, where he and his wife reared their five children together and shared their lives with them. Currently, he was the owner and operator of King Construction, working alongside his children on a daily basis, and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and golfing.
In addition to his wife and parents, surviving are a daughter, Vonna Rose King of Carrollton; three sons and daughters-in-law, William Shawn King of Carrollton, Micah and Amanda King of Gillespie and Aaron King and his companion, Kate Terpening, of Eldred; four grandchildren, Savannah, Tanner, Liberty and Aurora King; a daughter-in-law, Melissa King of Carrollton; a brother, Larry King and his wife, Linda, of Jerseyville; four stepsisters, Donna Winters of Greenfield, Marilyn Woolsey and Connie Cooper, both of Kane, and Judy Ritchey of Medora; and his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Kanallakan of Delhi.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kipling King, on July 25, 1994; his father-in-law, Jimmie Kanallakan; his grandparents, Louie and Ada Mattis and Frank and Lillie King; and his stepfather, Donald Thomasson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday. His brother-in-law, the Rev. Robert Blaine, will officiate.
He will be buried alongside his son, "Kip," at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Eldred with the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 performing military services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the family in care of the funeral home.
Greene Prairie Press, Carrollton, IL., Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Evalyn Lucretia Bushnell Seaberg, 90, of White Hall died Saturday, July 31, 2004 at the Reich Memorial Nursing Home in Carrollton. She was born September 3, 1913 on the Bushnell family farm near Eldred, the daughter of Dean Franklin and Lucretia Ellen Hatt Bushnell. She married William Brant, Clifford Newton, Alvin Maury, and Stanley Seaberg. They all preceded her in death.
Surviving are a son, Dale Gordon (wife, Carolyn) Brant of Roodhouse; a daughter, Susan (husband, Eugene) Newton Cebula of Toney, Ala.; three grandchildren: Steven Dale (wife, JoAnne) Brant of Edwardsville, Jennifer Suzanne (husband, Timothy) Cebula Cowley of Kodiak, Alaska, and Tony Eugene (wife, Janelle) Cebula of Toney, Ala; seven great grandchildren: Jennifer Krista and Austin Timothy Cowley, Christopher Dean and Rachel Anne Brant, T.J., Tara, and Miranda Cebula.
She attended Eldred grade school and three year high school. She completed the fourth year of high school at the Carrollton High School in 1932. She attended two years of college at the Shurtleff College in Alton, Illinois. She taught piano lessons while a student at Eldred and Carrollton High Schools. Immediately after her two years of college, she began her working career in the banking industry. She was employed by the Roodhouse National Bank (currently First Bank), and the Bank of Rantoul in Rantoul, Illinois. She retired in 1972 from the First Community Bank of St. Petersburg, Fla.
She was a member of the Roodhouse First Baptist Church where she served as organist in the early 1950's. In 1958 she became a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority. While living in Honda she served as the music chairman of the Florida State Board of the ESA. During the years as an active member of the ESA, she served in all the elective offices of the chapters in both Florida and Alabama. She was an avid flower gardener and always had many beautiful flowers. Interment will be in the Eldred Memorial Gardens, Eldred. Memorials may be made to the Reich Memorial Nursing Home.
Gazette-Patriot, Carrollton, Ill., Thursday, June 3, 2004
Mrs. Ella Mae Smith, 78, of White Hall, died early Tuesday morning, June 1, 2004, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.
She was born May 26, 1926, in Carrollton, the daughter of William Edward and Anna Margaret (Siemer) March. She married Kenneth B. Liles
Aug. 31, 1951, and he preceded her in death. She later married Lewis Westerhold Oct. 20, 1964, and he also preceded her in death. She married John Henry Smith April 7, 1972, and he died Dec. 3, 1996.
She is survived by two stepdaughters, Loretta Huckaba of Leslie, Mo., and Wanda (husband Charles) Cain of Bowling Green, Mo.; two stepsons, Lon A. (wife Karen) Smith of Overland, Mo., and Lynn M. (wife Linda) Smith of Brighton; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert S. March of White Hall.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Schaller and Helen Maria March; and one brother, William March.
Of the Catholic faith, Mrs. Smith graduated from St. John's High School in Carrollton in 1944. She was employed as a telephone operator in Carrollton and later a dispatcher for the Greene County Sheriff's office. She and her husband, Lewis Westerhold, owned and operated a tavern in Hillview for many years.
Family members will meet friends from 1 p.m. today, Thursday, at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall until 2 p.m. funeral services. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens near Eldred.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, Ill., Saturday, July 3, 2004
Samuel Albert Taylor
1926 - 2004
Samuel Albert "Al" Taylor, 78, of Wrights, died Thursday, July 1, 2004, near Vandalia.
He was born June 13, 1926, in White Hall, the son of Samuel Thomas and Annabelle Edwards Taylor. He married Elinor June Davidson on May 3, 1947, in Roodhouse, and she preceded him in death Jan. 14, 2000.
He is survived by two daughters, Sonja (husband, Tom) Fox of Murray, Ky., and Lila Ann (husband, Kenny) Page of Litchfield; one son, Samuel A. (fiancee, Lula Belle Hanely of Ramsey) of Mount Olive; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lou of Alabama. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Eve Fishback and Marge Dickerson; and one brother, Lonnie.
Mr. Taylor worked for Illinois Power for several years and retired in 1991. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Ramsey American Legion.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton, with burial at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Eldred. Friends may call one hour prior to services today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled Veterans of America. Condolences may be left online at www.airsmanhires.com.
Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, Ill., Sunday, July 4, 2004
Funeral services for Samuel "Al" Taylor were held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2004, at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton with the Rev. Larry O'Donnell officiating. Special music included "How Great Thou Art" by Elvis Presley and "Church in the Wildwood" by Kitty Wells. Pallbearers were Mike and Jim Taylor, David and Kenny Page, Gene Moreland and Laverne Wilson. Burial was at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery where full military rites were conducted by the Eldred American Legion Post.
The Telegraph, Alton, IL., June 14, 2004
JERSEYVILLE James Dennis Whiteside, 74, died Saturday afternoon, June 12, 2004, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.
He was born March 5, 1930, in White Hall, the son of Clarence A. and Hazel (Heberling) Whiteside.
He married the former Rosemary Madeline Vinyard Dec. 2, 1950, in Carrollton. She survives.
He retired from Shell Oil Company, where he worked as a laboratory technician for 26 years at Wood River and one year in Houston. He enjoyed following sports and was avid in reminiscing about local and area high school athletics at Carrollton, Jerseyville and North Greene. He was a member of the Stuart Pierson Masonic Lodge 50 A.F. and A.M. in Carrollton.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James A. and Rebecca Whiteside of Jerseyville; and three grandchildren and a spouse, Jennifer Beth and Darren Wright of Lake in the Hills, Ill., Erin Rebecca Whiteside of Chicago and Jeffrey Carson Whiteside, who attends Illinois College in Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert C. Whiteside; and a sister, Ruth E. Reynolds.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.
Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Eldred.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be left for the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.
The Telegraph, Alton, IL., October 25, 2004
ELDRED Francis "Neil" Witt, 87, died at 11:38 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.
He was born in Woodville Oct. 1, 1917, the son of Alva and Mary "Etta" Brannan.
He married the former Verna Ruth Reif Aug. 12, 1949, in Jacksonville. She survives.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving as a Tech. Sgt. He worked for many years for Columbiana Seed Company in Eldred, serving as a plant supervisor. He was a member of the Eldred American Legion, the Providence Cemetery Board and was a member of the Baptist faith.
He loved the St. Louis Cardinals, playing cards, especially euchre, and loved playing with his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and her husband, Patricia "Trish" and Preston Randolph of Jerseyville; four grandchildren, Joel, Katelin and Lori Randolph and Shannon Fraley and husband, Nathan; a great-granddaughter, Megan Fraley; and a sister-in-law, Rosie Witt of Jerseyville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Helen Davidson; and five brothers, Boyd, Walter, Beverly, William and David Witt.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Eldred Baptist Church.
Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.Submitted by: Allen Handling