Jacksonville Daily Journal dated Friday, January 8, 1909
Mrs. Emily Reynolds died Thursday at 4:10 p.m. at her home in Woodson, after a lingering illness.
She was born about five miles southeast of Jacksonville, Feb. 18, 1834, and was a daughter of the pioneer Baptist preacher, Rev. Thornton Sheppard and wife, Ellender. She was married to William A. Morrow, March 10, 1853, and they were parents of six children, Lewis Alban, of Richland, Iowa; Lucy Ellen, at home; Jane Hembrough, of Asbury; Mary Ratcliff, of Ashland, Ill.; Viola McCurley, of Modesto, and George, of Scott county. Mr. Morrow died Oct. 17, 1865. She was married June 8, 1868 to Elijah Alden Reynolds, and they were the parents of two children, William E., of Woodson and Charles E., of Rich Hill, Mo. Mr. Reynolds died Aug. 11, 1907.
She is survived by one sister: Mrs. Melissa Stilwell of Greene county, Ill., and two brothers, C. W. Sheppard of Roodhouse and J. J. Sheppard, residing south of the city.
Mrs. Reynolds was a lady who bore a fine reputation among all who knew her. She tried to rear her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and they rise up and call her blessed. She was a dutiful wife, an excellent neighbor and kind to all with whom she came in contact and she will be much missed.
The funeral is to be conducted tomorrow, Saturday, at the Christian church in Woodson by Dr. G. W. Miller, and interment will be in the Sheppard cemetery.
(Note: Emily's mother was Ellender Hopper, daughter of William Hopper, Sr. and Hester Stephens; her father the son of Lewis Sheppard, Sr. and Ali Johnson. Emily's first husband was William Thomas Morrow, son of James Morrow and Selah Kirkman. Walter Warren Haley - May 17, 2002)
Leroy Reynolds, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Reynolds, died Monday afternoon at 6:30 o'clock at the family home, 331 North Main street. The child was three years old and had been sick but two days. There are three sisters and two brothers, Myrtle, Dorothy and Helen, William and Edgar.
The parents will have the sympathy of many friends in this time of sudden sorrow. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the family residence.