Abe Woodrum, aged 69 years, 8 months and 14 days died at his home on East Main street at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, following a year's illness to do carcinoma of the jaw.
Mr. Woodrum was born November 19, 1865 at Liberty, Kentucky, the son of James and Mary Woodrum and came to Illinois when 18 years of age. He engaged in farming, residing on a farm near Tallula, and was an ardent worker until ill health caused him to limit his activities and he moved to Tallula and rented small plots of ground and did farming on a limited scale. Live stock and tilling of the soil were his life's work.
On January 23, 1888 he was united in marriage to Miss Sallie B. Lowe of Merrimac, KY. To this union were born six children, Mrs. Clarence Stier of Petersburg, Arthur Woodum of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Earl Parsons, Mrs. William Bryant and Louie Woodrum of Tallula and William S. of Ashland who with their mother are left to mourn his death. Besides the aforementioned he is survived by one brother, Berry Woodrum of Tallula and two half brothers, Ben of Petersburg and Edward of Sherman. One sister, Mrs. Robert Eades of Colorado, preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Tallula Christian church.
Funeral services were conducted from the Christian church Thursday March 8 at 2 p.m. by Rev. E.K. Beckett. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery.
The community has lost a good citizen and wonderful neighbor in his passing.Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe
Berry Woodrum Dead; Was 93 Years Old
Berry Woodrum, a native of Kentucky but a resident of the Tallula community the past 75 years, died Thursday night, May 24 at the Tallula-Walker nursing home. Had he lived until his next birthday, he would have been ninety-four years old.
Mr. Woodrum was born Oct. 10, 1872, in Casey county, Kentucky. He was married Sept. 6, 1881 in Liberty, Kentucky, to Loubell Lowe, and the couple came to Illinois where they followed farming for many years. He and Mrs. Woodrum celebrated their seventy-fourth wedding anniversary last Sept. 6.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, Irvin C. of Tallula and Deroy, of Bartonville; three daughters, Mrs. Leslie Raikes, Greenview; Mrs. Ezra Masten and Mrs. Harvey Schoneweis, Tallula; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; one half-brother Benjamin Woodrum, Tallula, and a number of nieces and nephews.
The body was taken to the Thompson-Harms & Hurley funeral home where it remained until Sunday. Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Tallula Christian church, Rev. George Bateman officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood cemetery, Tallula.Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe
Petersburg Observer, April 27, 1961Mrs. Woodrum, One of County's oldest Residents, Dies at 97
Mrs. Lou Bell Woodrum, widow of the late Berry Woodrum and a resident of Tallula through most of her life, died at the Tallula-Walker Nursing Home at 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 21. Mrs. Woodrum was past ninety-seven years old, and was one of the county's oldest residents.
She was born Oct. 26, 1863 in Taylor County, Kentucky, a daughter of Henry and Eliza Murrell Lowe. On Sept. 6, 1881 she was married to Berry Woodrum, in Liberty, Kentucky. They came to Menard County and lived in the Tallula community throughout the rest of their lives, Mr. Woodrum preceded his wife in death on May 24, 1956.
Mrs. Woodrum was a member of the Tallula Christian Church, and so long as her health permitted, was active in the affairs of the church.
She is survived by one son, I.C. Woodrum of Tallula; two daughters, Mrs. Leslie Raikes of Greenview and Mrs. Ezra Masten of Tallula; one sister, Mrs. Ollie May Cornelius of Carlinville; twenty-two grandchildren; and several great great grandchildren.
The body was brought to the Thompson-Harms & Hurley Funeral Home here and funeral services were held at the Tallula Christian Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Edward A. Feisal. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery.Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe
Petersburg Observer, Jan 22, 1926
Mrs. Woodrum Dead
Died at the St. Johns hospital in Springfield, Friday January 15, 1926 at 2:25 a.m. Mrs. Ollie Pruiett Woodrum following a surgical operation which was performed Wednesday.
The deceased was born February 24, 1877 in Taylor County, Kentucky the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Pruiett. She was united in marriage to Richard Woodrum at Jeffersonville, Indiana, Feb. 20, 1893 and to this union seven children were born, three of them having preceded her in death, leaving four daughters, Mr. Eileene Stoppleworth of Springfield, Mrs. Hazel Otken, Mrs. Alta Davis and Della of Tallula.
Many years of her life have been spent in and near Tallula where she and her husband were active farmers until a few years ago when they sold out and took up their residence here in Tallula residing on West Main Street. She was a wonderful neighbor, mother and wife, very active and industrious and a friend to all her neighbors and willingly left her own household duties at any hour of the day or night to help one in need or in sickness. Her happy disposition and pleasing smile won for her many loving friends who will miss her loving kindness. About six months ago her health began to fail and she did not give up to her sufferings until Dec. 23, when she was confined to her bed and remained there until her death came following an operation on January 15th.
Besides her husband and daughters she leaves to mourn her departure, her father, Joseph Pruiett of Campbellsville, Kentucky, three brothers, John of Mason City, William of New Mexico and James of Campbellsville, Kentucky, four sisters, Mrs. Mattie Crooms of Mansville, Ky, Jannie Allen of Liberty, Ky, Anna Hogan of Bradfordsville, Ky and Lucy Weatherford of Florida.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church at 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 17, 1926, conducted by Rev. H. Hanserford. Music was rendered by a quartette composed of Fred Finney, Miss Sarah O'Neal and Mr. And Mrs. --larc Epperly. Burial was in Oakland cemetery in Petersburg. Mr. Woodrum and family wish to express their sincere thanks for the kindness and sympathy shown them during their trouble.
(NOTE: In same paper the following is noted. Joseph Pruiett and son James of Campbellsville, Kentucky attended the funeral of Mrs. Richard Woodrum here Sunday. She was the daughter of the former and sister of the latter. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Cook of near Pleasant Plains, Mr. & Mrs. Jay Marion of Ashland, Mr. & Mrs. J.B. Gilpin of Petersburg, and John Pruiett wife and family of Mason City were attendants here Sunday at the funeral of Mrs. Richard Woodrum.Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe
Petersburg Observer, August 29, 1958
Mrs. Woodrum, 88, Dies at Tallula Home
Mrs. Sally Woodrum, widow of the late Abe Woodrum and a resident of Tallula for the past thirty-four years, died at her home there on Sunday, Aug. 24, following a long illness.
Mrs. Woodrum was born at Merrimac, KY on June 15, 1870, a daughter of Henry and Eliza Merrill Lowe. She was married to Abe Woodrum, in Kentucky on January 23, 1888 and they lived there for a time then moved to Tallula where Mr. Woodrum died on March 6, 1934.
Mrs. Woodrum is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Earl Parsons and Mrs. And Mrs. William Bryant; and one son Billy Woodrum, all of Tallula; ten grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Barry Woodrum of Tallula and Mrs. Ollie Cornelius of Carlinville.
Funeral Services were held at the Thompson Harms & Hurley funeral home at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Burl H. Sealock of Tallula, and burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe