Selected Webster County Obituaries

Surnames Hibbs to Hinton

The Providence Journal-Enterprise

1948 - 1961

David Earl HIBBS, 18 months old, died at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday of last week in an Evansville hospital following a brief illness. Surviving are the mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Townsend SUMMERS, Providence; father, Earl Hibbs, Madisonville; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Olvy GREGORY, Providence, Mrs. Claudia Hibbs and Jesse Hibbs, Madisonville. Private funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in Tapp Funeral Home in Providence, with the Rev. W.T. CRUMBAKER, of Madisonville, officiating. Pallbearers were Otho Hibbs, Ray Gregory, Carlos Gregory, and Neil Summers. Burial was in the cemetery at Shady Grove. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, February 24, 1949.

James Carrol HIBBS, jr., son born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. James C. Hibbs, Providence, died Tuesday morning in Hopkins County Hospital in Madisonville. The child was born prematurely at the parents' home and was taken to the hospital and placed in an incubator. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Harris Funeral Home, Madisonville, with the Rev. Homer CARTWRIGHT officiating, and burial was in Union cemetery, Nebo. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday,June 5, 1947.

Mrs. Laura M. HIBBS, 72, died at 10 p.m. Monday at her home near Providence. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are a son, Willis Hibbs of Madisonville; one sister, Mrs. Mae HARVEY of Providence; and two brothers, Frank HARRISON, Providence, and Jasper Harrison, Sullivan, Ind. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at White Oak Church, with the Rev. Claud THRELKELD officiating, assisted by the Rev. L.W. PATTERSON. Burial was in White Oak cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, September 16, 1954.

Mrs. Ada Jeims HICKS, 70, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred FUGATE, on South Broadway. Mrs. Hicks' home was in Morganfield, but for the past twelve years she had spent most of the time with Mrs. Fugate. Other survivors are another daughter, Mrs. W.L. JESTER, Louisville; two sons, William G. Hicks, Akron, Ohio, and Webster C. Hicks, Miami, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Baptist church in Morganfield. The Rev. Rupert UTLEY of Madisonville will officiate, assisted by Dr. C.S. BRATCHER of Morganfield and Mrs. Hicks' son-in-law, Dr. W.L. Jester of Louisville. A prayer service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Fugate home before leaving for Morganfield. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. cemetery, Morganfield. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, April, 26, 1946.

Claud HICKS, sr., 59, former Clay man, was drowned Saturday night in Pigeon creek backwaters in the backyard of his home in Evansville. The home was surrounded by water and he had been using a path through the backwaters to reach the house. Survivors are the wife, Ollie; a daughter, Mrs. Robert EWIN; sons, Claude, jr., and Louis, all of Evansville; four sisters, Mrs. Maude BANKS, of Evansville, Mrs. Lou YOUNG, Mrs. J.C. RICKENS, and Mrs. Mae SPRAGUE, of Central City; and a grandchild. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Johann memorial temple in Evansville, with the Rev. E.I. REVEAL officiating, and burial was in Park Lawn cemetery there. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, February 16, 1950.

Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander HICKS, 84, died Friday at 1 p.m. of a heart attack at the home of her son, Hiram Hicks of Dalton. Survivors are the husband, George S. Hicks; four sons, Hiram of Dalton, Theodore of Madisonville, Wallace of Louisville, and Laurel Hicks of Princeton; four daughters, Mrs. Delia VAUGHN and Mrs. Lelia SISK of Princeton, Mrs. Ann BROWN and Mrs. Cora HOWTON of Beulah; forty-eight grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Two children, Mrs. Elizabeth HENRY and an infant died previously. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Beulah church, with Elder J.D. SHAIN of Madisonville officiating. Burial was in Beulah cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, May 24, 1945.

George HICKS, 57, died at 10 a.m. Friday at his home in Sebree after an illness of several months. Surviving are the wife; one sister, Mrs. Fronia WILLIAMS, near Dixon; and two brothers. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Sebree First Baptist church, of which he was a member, with the pastor, the Rev. John HUFFMAN, officiating. Burial was in Springdale cemetery, Sebree. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, January 10, 1946.

Lucian M. HIGDON, 40, former Providence resident, died at 10 a.m. Saturday at his home in Van Dyke, Mich. Survivors are the wife, Ruth; a daughter; two sons; a stepson; and three brothers, William C. and Paul, of Van Dyke, and Thomas Higdon, Poseyville, Ind. The body arrived at Tapp Funeral Home Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held at the grave in Big Hill cemetery at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Benjamin CONNAWAY officiating, followed by burial there. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, September 21, 1950. Compiler's note: Lucien M. Higdon's headstone in Big Hill Cemetery reads "1910-1956". Either the obituary was filed wrongly or the cemetery transcription is in error.

Pvt. Cleo HIGGINSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Higginson, near Poole, was killed Sunday when he fell from a moving train at Raton, New Mexico, while enroute home from California on furlough. Details were not available. The body was expected to arrive in Evansville Wednesday night and was to be taken to Tapp Funeral Home in Dixon. Besides the parents, survivors are the wife; a brother, Sgt. Carmon Higginson, in service in Alaska; a sister, Sharon, at home; grandmother, Mrs. R.L. Higginson, Poole; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe CATES, near Tilden. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, March 27, 1952.

Funeral services for Robert Lee HIGGINSON, jr., 26, of Poole, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Poole, with Robert ADAMSON officiating. Burial was in McClure cemetery in Union county. Mr. Higginson died at 2 p.m. July 4 in Methodist Hospital in Henderson of injuries suffered in an automobile crash earlier that day. Surviving are parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Higginson, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Poole; brothers, Cyrus, of Robards, Carl, of Poole, and Leroy, of Ft. Myers; sisters, Mrs. Prentice SPRINGER, of Morganfield, Mrs. Marion Springers, of Poole, and Miss Ruby Higginson, Evansville. Three others were injured when the car in which they were riding, driven by Melton HUNT, 30, Henderson, hit a bridge abutment on Highway 60 over Green River near Spottsville during a heavy rain storm. Mr. Hunt who suffered internal injuries and a leg injury is reported to be improved although his condition remains serious. E.R. AGNEW, 44, of Beals, and G.L. CAMPBELL, 24, of Corydon, also injured, have been dismissed from the Hospital in Henderson where Mr. Hunt remains a patient. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, July 13, 1950.

Wesley Lee HIGGINSON, 77, prominent Webster county farmer and dairyman, died at 8 a.m. Friday at his home in the Corinth section near Providence. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Higginson of Henderson county. He was active in agricultural circles in this section, and at the time of his death was serving as a director of the Stemming District Tobacco Association, director of the Farmers Cooperative Loose Leaf Floor in Madisonville, and director of Webster County Soil Conservation Service. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Claudia DUNAGAN Higginson; a son, William Higginson of Providence; two grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Nannie SHARP of Martinsville, Ind. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Melton Funeral Home, with the Rev. R.T. MITCHELL officiating, assisted by the Rev. Benjamin CONNAWAY. Burial was in Lakeview cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Wednesday, December 23, 1953.

Miss Ada HILL, 75, died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home near Providence following several days illness. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are two sisters, Misses Effie Mae and Cordia Noel Hill; and a brother, David Hill, all of Providence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Melton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Leslie CHAPMAN, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery near their home. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, March 31, 1955.

Official notice of the death in action of Pvt. Baxter L. HILL, 19, was received Monday in a telegram by his mother, Mrs. Annie Lou Hill, Lake street, Providence. According to the message from the office of the adjutant general, the young man was killed in Italy on Oct. 23. Pvt. Hill was inducted into the army by Webster county local board on Jan. 22, 1943. He was nineteen years old last April, and was the youngest of Mrs. Hill's children. He received his basic training in Pennsylvania and was sent overseas in September, first going to North Africa. In October he was sent to Italy, and it is thought that he was in that country about two weeks before his death. The last letter received from the youth was dated Oct. 7 and in it he said that he was leaving North Africa. Surviving besides his mother are a sister, Mrs. Eurie RAY, Providence; three brothers, Pvt. James Hill, Camp Breckinridge, now at his home on leave, Virgil and George Hill of Providence; and a half-brother, Walter Hill, Indianapolis, Ind. The boys' father, William Abner Hill, died on Jan. 26 while Baxter was on leave following his acceptance and induction three days earlier. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, November 18, 1943. Compiler's note: see following 1948 obituary, written on the occasion of his burial.

Funeral services for Pvt. Baxter L. HILL, 19, whose body arrived here Wednesday morning, will be at 2 o'clock this afternoon in Christ Temple on St. Bernard street. The Rev. McELROY will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. The body will be at Tapp Funeral home until time for services. The young man was killed in action in Italy on Oct. 23, 1943. He was born in Hopkins county on April 28, 1924. He entered service in January, 1943 and saw service in North Africa before going to Italy. Three days after his induction his father, William A. Hill, died. A brother, James Hill, was later killed in action. Survivors are the mother, Mrs. Annie Hill, Lake street; two brothers, Virgil, of Providence, and Walter Hill, Indianapolis, Ind.; and a sister, Mrs. Eurie RAY, Providence. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, November 18, 1948. Compiler's note: Baxter Hill's stone lists his military service information as follows: "Pvt., 7 Inf, 3 Div., WW II." His brother James Hill, Oct 14, 1920-July 12, 1944, is buried next to him with this information: "PFC, 331 Inf., WW II."

George Monroe HILL, see Floyd WILLIAMSON.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, February 14, 1946.

Luke Edward HILL, 69, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday at his home in Providence. Survivors are the wife, Maggie; a son, Curtis Hill, of Henderson; three sisters, Mrs. Mary PEMBERTON, of Lisman, Mrs. Maud DAVIS, of Corydon, and Mrs. Lonnie CARTER,of Clay; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lisman Cumberland Presbyterian church, with the Rev. E.G. SISK officiating. Burial was in Lisman cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, December 15, 1949.

Melody Sue HILL, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Hill, was stillborn Monday in Cardwell's Clinic. Surviving besides the parents are a brother, William Henry, jr.; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WOOD and Mrs. Millard MELTON, all of Providence. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wood by the Rev. Albert KEMP. Burial was in Lakeview cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, July 10, 1947.

Noah (Ned) HILL, 66, died at 5:50 a.m. Friday at his home near Clay. The only immediate survivors are two brothers, Norman and H.S. Hill, near Clay. Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Franklin Funeral Home in Clay, with the Rev. J. Grady HUTCHISON officiating. Burial was in I.O.O.F. cemetery, Clay. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, January 17, 1946.

Ed HINKLE, 66, brother of Mrs. G.A. CARVILL and Mrs. R.A. SCOTT, of Dixon, died at 6 a.m. Monday in New York. He formerly lived in Henderson. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Betsy LONG, of Louisville, and Mrs. Harry ALLAN, of Longview, Tex. Funeral services were held Tuesday in New York after which the body was returned to Henderson. It arrived at Tapp Funeral Home there Wednesday night and remained until time for burial this morning. Dismissal services are set for 10:15 this morning at the grave in Fernwood cemetery in Henderson with the Rev. John OLERT of Owensboro officiating. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, September 15, 1949.

Funeral services for Pfc. Ishmael Ray HINKLE, 24, will be held at Star Hope General Baptist church near Providence at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. W.W. OAKLEY will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. The body arrived in Madisonville Wednesday morning and was taken to the home of his father-in-law, Roscoe CLAYTON, Madisonville route 3. Pfc. Hinkle was killed in action May 21, 1944. He was in service one year and five months. He had training in Van Dorn, Miss., Shreveport, La., and Ft. Dix, N.J. He sailed in December 1943, was in Africa, and then in Italy where he was killed. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Juliettia Hinkle, and son, Tommie Hinkle, whom he never saw, of Madisonville; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Finis Hinkle, Providence; sisters, Mrs. J.C. BONE, Elizabethtown, Mrs. Ray VANVACTOR, Madisonville, and Miss Betty Hinkle, Providence; and one brother Otis Hinkle, Providence. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, November 11, 1948.

Mrs. Addie HINTON, 83, formerly of Wheatcroft, died at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at the home of a son, Carroll Hinton, and Mrs. Hinton in Detroit following an illness of five weeks. Surviving besides the son are another son, Ervin Hinton, Wheatcroft; a daughter, Mrs. W.H. BLACK, near Wheatcroft; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie MORPHETT of Morganfield and Mrs. Lena STANLEY of St. Louis, Mo.; and a brother, Hiram MILLER, Morganfield. The body was brought Monday night to Franklin Funeral Home in Clay. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Black Grove church, of which she was a member, with the Rev. E.G. SISK of Dixon officiating. Burial was in Black Grove cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, July 19, 1951.

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