George Matthew Goveia, 88, pioneer Morgan County resident and former widely known stock farmer of Arcadia, died Sunday at 8:30 am, in Memorial Hospital, Springfield, of pneumonia and complications of age, following an illness extending over several months. For the past year he has resided at 1143 North Third Street, Springfield, with his wife, Lena Baptist Goveia, who survives him.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, January 15, at the Cody and Son Memorial Home in Jacksonville, with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery immediately following the services.
An active participant in community affairs, he was widely known through the county where he spent nearly 80 years of his life. He was born on a farm near Arcadia on July 28, 1857, son of Manuel and Anna Goveia, one of eleven children, his sister, Mrs. E.M. Oliver of Aurora being the only survivor.
He was married on September 12, 1882, to Lena Baptist, three sons survive, Lennard, residing at Dekalb, Elmer, of Chicago, and Clarence of Springfield. A daughter, Georgia, Mrs. Robert P. Nunes, proceeded him in death June 24, 1935.
Throughout his life Mr. Goveia took an active interest in farming and the development of livestock breeds, specializing in the Chester White strain of swine, many of them topping the Chicago and St. Louis markets for quality. He was a member of numerous farm and breeders organizations, a Past Grand of the Odd Fellows and served in various capacities for years on school, cemetery and other boards.
For more than 60 years he was a member of Shiloh Methodist church where he served as elder, parsonage trustee, superintendent of the Sunday school and in other capacities.
In 1935 he quit active farming and took up residence at Downers Grove, Illinois, where he and his wife remained until a year ago when the moved to Springfield.
Six grandsons will serve as pallbearers and a similar number of granddaughters will care for the flowers.