The Jacksonville Daily Journal, Oct. 25, 1912
DEATH SUMMONS AN OLD SOLDIER
Robert L. Wyatt, a Veteran of the Civil War Passed Away Last Night at His Home in Murrayville
Robert L. Wyatt, who has been seriously ill at his home in Murrayville, passed away Thursday evening at 8:30 o'clock at the family residence in Murrayville. He had been in declining health for a number of months, but his serious illness dates back to August 14 of this year, when he suffered a paralytic stroke. This was followed by another stroke a few days later, which left him almost helpless and without speech. His strong constitution fought desperately against the disease and in the hopes of benefitting his health he was taken several days ago to the Old Soldiers' home in Quincy. He was only there a few days when he wanted to return to Murrayville and his wish was granted. He has been dangerously ill for the past two days and death has been expected almost hourly.
He was born one mile west of Murrayville, February, 1838, being 74 years, 7 months and 24 days old. He had always made this his home until eight years ago when he moved to Murrayville. He was married March 29, 1840 to Miss Belle Tunnell and she survives him, with the following children, Horace of Woodson; Logan of Kildare, Oklahoma; Bert, Larimore, N.D.; Walter of Chicago. Two daughters and one son preceded the father in death. He also leaves to brothers, M. V. Wyatt of Jacksonville and Marion of Parsons, Kansas.
Mr. Wyatt enlisted in Company F, of the 101st Illinois Infantry, August 7, 1862. This company was organized in Jacksonville at Camp Duncan and was mustered into the United States service by Capt. Charles Ewing of the thirteenth infantry. The company went to Cairo where they remained a month and later made their way down south. This company participated in some hard fought engagements, doing duty along the Mississippi river and later over into Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. On Jan. 17, 1865 the army crossed over into South Carolina, and went through the great campaign of the Carolinas, participating in the battles of Averysboro and Bentonville. On March 24 they entered Goldsboro and on April 13, Raleigh, where the regiment remained until the final surrender of the rebel army. Mr. Wyatt was mustered out of service June 7, 1865, as sergeant, after having participated in the "grand review."
After returning from the war Mr. Wyatt followed the occupation of a farmer. He was a man of jovial disposition and of strong determination for that which was right and honorable. He had a splendid memory and could recall and tell minutely events of the war and his stories were ever heard with renewed interest. Many will miss "Uncle Bob" Wyatt from the walks of life but his memory will ever be cherished for the valiant deeds of love and sacrifice he did for the country he loved so well, and for his honest life as a citizen of this great commonwealth.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Jacksonville Daily Journal, Oct. 29, 1912
The esteem in which "Uncle" Robert Wyatt was held in his home at Murrayville where he had lived so many years was well attested by the audience which gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to his memory Sunday at 11 a.m. The funeral was conducted in the New Methodist church which was crowded to the doors with a respectful gathering of friends and neighbors in addition to a number from a distance. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Riddle, who followed at the church the ritual of the denomination and the whole was deeply impressive and was heard with greatest interest by the large audience present.
As the deceased had been to all faithful soldier it was fitting that he should have the honors due him in that account and to that end the beautiful ritual of the Grand Army of the Republic was carried out with Capt. J. E. Wright acting as commander and Lycurgus Gohean as chaplain. Beautiful and appropriate music was furnished by Mrs. C. R. Short, Miss Stella Cunningham, prof. J. A. Dial and George Coultas, Mrs Hugh E. Million accompanying on the piano.
Mr. Riddle paid a just tribute to the character of the departed and all was in keeping with the solemnity of the occasion.
At the close of the services the remains were borne to Bethel cemetery south of the city by members of the town government of which Mr. Wyatt had been one for some time. He was treasurer at the time of his death. They were E. A. Whitlock, W. F. Cook, W. A. Wesner, N. C. Carlson, W. B. Worrall, F. M. Sooy.
Several from this city attended, among them Lycurgus Gohean, Capt. J. E. Wright, R. R. Stevenson, C. Riggs Taylor, H. H. Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Wyatt, Capt. J. W. Walter, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Boruff, Mr. and Mrs. James Ellis, Miss Sophia Spears and others.