Aged Man Drowns Friday in Odd Accident
William A. Shade, 83, retired farmer, drowned shortly after noon Friday, the Fourth of July, 1941, when he fell from a porch into a rain barrel at the home of his son, Arthur Shade, in Bird township.
Coroner Russell Butler of this city (Carlinville), who conducted an inquiry that evening, attributed his death to accidental drowning.
Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday from the Wiese Funeral Home here, with Rev. F. L. Crouch officiating. "The Old Rugged Cross", "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Abide With Me" were the selections played at the rites. With grandsons Frank, Harry, Lloyd, Richard, William and Charles Shade, serving as pallbearers, interment was made in Oakwood Cemetery, Greenfield.
Mr. Shade was born May 23, 1858 in Virginia, a son of Elijah and Matilda Dawson Shade. While still yet a young boy, he accompanied his parents to Macoupin County. For some time he farmed near Greenfield and later southwest of Hettick. For a time he resided at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Coy Comer and last winter spent several months as a patient at the Macoupin Hospital. Since April he has resided with his son in Bird Township.
Surviving are hsi wife, Rose Anna Shade, and four sons, Clarence and Arthur of Carlinville; Ben of San Francisco, California, and Charles of Quincy, besides 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.