Mrs. Elizabeth VanWinkle passed away Friday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the family residence, 812 West North street. She had been in failing health for about a year, but was not confined to her bed until only several days ago. Her death was due mainly to Bright's disease.
Deceased was the daughter of John M. and Mary Gibson and was born near Nortonville Feb. 8, 1849. She received her education in the country schools and the Jacksonville public schools. Mrs. VanWinkle was a devout Christian, having at an early age become a member of the Methodist church of the Durbin neighborhood. She enjoyed the She leaves to mourn her loss her mother, Mrs. Mary Gibson, three sons, Charles of Modesto, State's Attorney Bert A. VanWinkle, and Chester of this city; also three sisters, Mrs. W. P. Six and Mrs. Oscar Mansfield of Franklin, and Mrs. J. W. Moon of this city, and four brothers, G. C. Gibson of this city, J. W. of Murrayville, A. D. of Franklin, and R. Y. residing south of the city. Her husband, J. H. VanWinkle preceded her in death July 5, 1901.
Brief funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the residence, in charge of Rev. Joseph C. Nate, pastor of Grace M. E. church. The remains will then be taken to the Providence Methodist church, southwest of Franklin, where more extended services will be held, in charge of Rev. A. H. Flagge, pastor of Franklin, M. E. church. Interment will take place in the family lot in the cemetery adjoining the church.
(Jacksonville Journal, May 10, 1908)
The remains of former State's Attorney Bert A. VanWinkle, who died last week at a national home for volunteer soldiers of the Spanish-American war at Hot Springs, S.D., arrived in Jacksonville Saturday morning. Funeral services were conducted from the Gillham undertaking parlors in that city Sunday afternoon, in charge of Dr. Madden, pastor of Grace M. E. church. Mrs. H. C. Woltman sang two solos, and the funeral service of the Knights of Pythias was conducted by members of Jacksonville Lodge, No. 152.
The remains were brought here on the early train Monday and taken to Providence for interment in the family lot, Rev. Harry Willard conducting brief services at the grave, where Mrs. Wm. Kirby and Miss Lila Seymour furnished music. The bearers at the cemetery were W. M. Rees, Scott Tranbarger, John Bland, Eugene Wood, James H. Roberts and Chas. Hankins.
(Franklin Times, March 6, 1919)