Selected Webster County Obituaries

Surnames Palmer to Payne

The Providence Journal-Enterprise

1948 - 1961

James Edward PALMER, sr., 82, for many years identified with coal and banking interests, died at 2:40 a.m. Saturday in an Evansville hospital where he had been a patient since suffering a heart attack on March 7. Mr. Palmer was the son of James Doris Palmer and Martha Jane MOONEY Palmer. His father, who was county surveyor for forty years, drew the lines when Webster county was separated from Hopkins county and made the first map of the county, which is still in use. He attended Prof. W.S. COLEMAN's academy in Providence and afterward taught school for several years. For some time he was employed as a clerk in Benjamin's Hardware Store. After being associated with Webster County Coal Company, Mr. Palmer in 1906 was an incorporator of Diamond Coal Company. In 1917 he and his brothers, S.D. and M.C. Palmer, purchased entire interest in the company from other stockholders which they held until they sold it in 1944. For twenty-five years he, with his brothers, was an important stockholder in the Union National Bank prior to selling out in 1949. For a large part of the time he served as president of the bank. Mr. Palmer was a member of Providence Masonic lodge, served as treasurer for a number of years, and was presented a fifty-year pin by the lodge in 1951. He also was a member of Rizpah Temple Shrine, the Order of Eastern Star, and the Providence Country Club. He had served as a member of the city council and as a member of the Providence board of education. Mr. Palmer was married in 1922 to Miss Verble HEARON, who survives. Also surviving are a son, James E. Palmer, jr., of Evansville, and the brothers, S.D. and M.C. Palmer of Providence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the home on Princeton street, with Elder J.D. SHAIN of Madisonville officiating. Burial was in Lakeview cemetery with Masonic rites at the grave. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, March 25, 1954. Compiler's note: James Doris Palmer and Prof. W.C. Coleman are subjects of Webster County Biographies, available online.

Ira M. PARISH, 74-year-old farmer of near Dalton, died suddenly at his home July 31, after being in failing health for several months. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Edna Parish; one son, Roy Parish of Beulah; one daughter, Mrs. Lewis GOOD of Dawson Springs and two grandchildren. Burial was in Beulah cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, August 6 1942.

Henry Lee PARKER, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Parker of Providence, was drowned Tuesday afternoon in the old Leeper mine stripper pit a short distance from the end of Barbour street. The body was found at 3 o'clock by David RESSETT and Buddy HARKINS, friends of the youth, who went into the water after they became suspicious when they saw his clothes lying on the bank. They notified David's father, Austin Ressett, who went to the scene, accompanied by Policemen C.A. OGILBY and Clarence GRAY. Mr. Ressett removed the body from the water, which was approximately five feet deep. Henry left his home, not far from the scene of the tragedy, about 1:30, his mother said. He was described as being able to swim "fairly well." Webster county Coroner J.D. BLACKBURN of Clay returned a verdict of accidental drowning. the youth, who was in the ninth grade of Providence High School the past school year, was an honor student and had a perfect attendance record for the past three years. Surviving besides the parents are a younger brother, Charles Eugene, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P.D. CRAVENS, Providence. A brother, William Roland, then 11 years old, was killed in August 1948 when struck by an automobile after alighting from a school bus on Highway 41 near the Webster-Hopkins county line. The family lived nearby and the children at that time were attending Nebo school. The body will be at Melton Funeral Home until time for funeral services which will be at 2 o'clock this afternoon in Christ Temple. Burial will be in Big Hill cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, June 10, 1954.

News has been received here of the recent death of Mrs. Mabel PARKER, former Providence resident, in New Castle, Ind. Surviving are a son, Charles Parker of New Castle; and three brothers, D.D. and Walter WOODSON of Providence, and John Woodson of Oceanside, Calif. Funeral and burial were in New Castle. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, October 29, 1953.

Mrs. Omo PARKER, 77, died at 2:30 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem Rest Home in Evansville. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Thomas OGLESBY of Evansville and Mrs. Leighman BURTON of Sebree; one son, O.S. Parker, Evansville; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Otho GRAYSON, Evansville, and Lawrence Grayson, Henderson. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Lebanon Church with the Rev. Roy RIDENOUR and the Rev. Ray THOMPSON officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery, Dixon. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, June 9, 1955.

Richard PARKER, 58, of Sebree died Wednesday of last week at Methodist Hospital in Henderson. Survivors are the wife, Ivy; two sons, Eugene of Chandler, Ind., and Billy of Fern Creek; his mother, Mrs. Winnie Parker, Sebree; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie NANCE of Ashbyburg, Mrs. Lena SEAY of Slaughters, and Mrs. Fred QUALLS of Sebree; two brothers, Jack of Owensboro and Harold of Sebree; and a grandson. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sebree Christian Church, with the Rev. Carl SMITH of Central City officiating, assisted by the Rev. B.L. SALE, pastor of the church. Burial was in Springdale cemetery, Sebree. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, August 14, 1952.

The death of William Roland PARKER, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Parker, near Providence, was termed an accident by a jury following an inquest conducted by Hopkins county Coroner William L. BARNETT. The boy, a student in the Nebo school, was fatally injured on Aug. 24, according to evidence at the inquest, when he ran from behind a school bus on which he had been riding into the parth of Dr. C.R. MORTON's automobile on U.S. Highway 41 near the Webster-Hopkins county line. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, September 2, 1948. Compiler's note: Roland Parker, 19 Apr 1937-24 Aug 1948, is buried at Big Hill Cemetery with his brother Henry Lee Parker, whose obituary is also in this collection.

W.O. PARKS, 55, Clay miner and minister in the Church of God, was fatally injured in West Kentucky Coal Company mine No. 8 at noon Friday, when caught in a slate fall. He lived only a few minutes following the accident. Surviving are a son, Willard; his mother, Mrs. Ida Jane Parks, Clay; sisters, Mrs. Nannie DRIVER of Morton Gap and Mrs. Shelly Driver, Clay; and brothers, James of Wheatcroft and Roy of Clay. His wife died four months ago. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Union church in Wheatcroft, with the Rev. Mrs. Carrie Reece of Stugis in charge. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, Clay. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, January 1, 1942.

Robert B. PARRIS, 22, who went to Evansville from Providence two months ago, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in an Evansville hospital of injuries suffered at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon in a traffic accident. Parris and Mrs. Frank BOYETTE, timekeeper, both employees of Welborn Stone Company, were injured when a stone-laden truck driven by the young man overturned on a curve on West Franklin road near Evansville. Mrs. Boyette is still in the hospital. Survivors are the father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Parris, Providence; a half brother, John W. Parris, Providence; and a sister, Mrs. Edna UTLEY, Detroit, Mich. The body was brought here Wednesday to the home of the parents, and funeral services were to be held there at 2 o'clock this afternoon, with burial in Big Hill cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, August 20, 1942.

Mrs. Emma Boyd PARRISH, 68, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday at her home near Diamond following an illness of several months. She was a member of Providence Methodist Church and the Woman's Society of Christian Service. She was married April 19, 1903 in Hopkins County to Daniel M. Parrish, who survives. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Leslie HUGHES of Providence and Mrs. Max SCHOONER of Detroit; two sons, Lloyd of Detroit and Kent of Providence; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Effie GUESS of Providence and Mrs. Bertha RHODES of Millersville, Mo.; and two brothers, Henry SEYMOUR, Providence rural route, and Chester Seymour, Owensboro. The body is at Melton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Methodist Church, with the pastor, the Rev. E.L. DIXON, officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, June 18, 1953.

Joyce Fay PARRISH, 6-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Parrish, near Dixon, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in an Evansville hospital. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, J.D. and Dorris Lee; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. I.H. HOLMES, Dixon. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 p.m. Monday and burial was in Shelton cemetery, near Dixon. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday,September 15, 1949.

Mrs. Virgie Lee PARRISH, 54, former Webster county resident, died at 5 a.m. Thursday at her home near Nebo. Surviving are the husband, Essel; a daughter, Mrs. Hazel NEWCOMB of Stockton, Calif.; four sons, Bethel R. Parrish, in the army at Ft. Knox, James, Dorris and Kenneth of Nebo; father Dave YATES of Dixon; four sisters, Mrs. Owen LANGSTON of Dixon, Mrs. Gert LYNN and Mrs. Belle VINCENT of Greenville, and Mrs. J.S. COURNEY of St. Louis, Mo.; and four brothers, Ira Yates of Dixon, Clyde and Ernest Yates of Greenville, and Harvey Yates of Waverly. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove Church, with the Rev. W.W. OAKLEY officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, July 15, 1954.

Mrs. Louis PARSLEY, 67, died at 9 p.m. Monday at her home on North Broadway following a long illness. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are the huband; one son, Clyde Parsley of Providence; one brother, A.L. HAMMONTREE of Christopher, Ill.; two sisters Mrs. Harry BURDEN and Mrs. Robert HENDERSON of Carbondale Ill.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Methodist Church, with the Rev. Leslie CHAPMAN officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, April 15, 1954.

Information has been received by relatives here of the death Tuesday of Dr. W.H. PARSONS, former Providence resident, at his home in San Antonio, Tex. Dr. Parsons practiced the medical professional until ill health prevented. He had been an invalid for some time. Survivors are the wife, the former Agnes RAMAGE; two sons, Dr. William Parsons and Dr. J.C. Parsons; and one daughter, Mrs. J.L. LUKE, jr., all of San Antonio. Funeral and burial were in San Antonio. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, May 17, 1945.

Mrs. Cordelia NORVELL PATE, 75, widow of the late Frank Pate, died at 1 a.m. Monday at her home on Baptist Hill, after an illness of two years. Mrs. Pate came here from Clay two years ago to make her home with her sister, Mrs. J.S. DICKERSON. Survivors are four stepchildren, Mrs. Crawford BYRD, Mrs. Norman ARTMAN, and Byron Pate of Clay, and Mrs. J.E. WOOD of Henderson; two sisters, Mrs. Dickerson and Mrs. J.H. FRASER of Providence; and a brother, Elijah Norvell of Evansville; six nieces, and six nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the General Baptist church in Poole, of which she was a member, with the Rev. W. W. OAKLEY officiating. Burial was in the cemetery there. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, June 11, 1942.

Mrs. Allie PATTERSON, 79, whose home was near Onton, died at 11 a.m. Friday in an Evansville hospital following several weeks of illness. She suffered a head and hip injury in a fall in her home December 6. Surviving are the husband, C.E. Patterson; three sons, C. Hubert of Evansville, Julius of Slaughters, and Raymond of Los Angeles, Calif.; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Slaughters Christian Church, with the Rev. B.L. SALE, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. J.E. HARTFORD. Burial was in Slaughters cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, December 31, 1953.

Edgar PATTERSON, 74, of Slaughters, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Hopkins County Hospital in Madisonville, where he was admitted the previous Friday. Surviving are three sons, Julius of Slaughters, Hubert of Evansville, and Raymond of Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Courtney HOUSE, Onton; three brothers, Jacob of Henderson, Oscar and Irvin of Detroit, Mich.; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Christian Church with the Rev. B.L. SALE officiating, assisted by the Rev. T.O. KYLE. Burial was in the Slaughters cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, January 27, 1955.

Mrs. Mattie Johnson PAYNE, 81, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at her home on East Main Street of a heart attack. Mrs. Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K.B. RICE, was born in Providence. She was married June 5, 1893 to Neal J. Payne in the Presbyterian Church. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are the husband; a daughter, Mrs. L.H. HEARIN, Providence; and a son, Kearney Rice Payne, Providence. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the residence, with the Rev. Howard LAWSON, Presbyterian pastor, officiating. Burial was in Big Hill cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, March 10, 1955.

Robert Edgar PAYNE, 50, of Miami Beach, Fla., native of Providence, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a Miami hospital following a heart attack. Mrs. Payne was born in Providence and moved away as a young boy. He was manager of a motel and a member of First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are the wife, Helen M. Payne; one daughter, Miss Demona Payne, Chicago, Ill.; a son, Lloyd Boyd Payne, Newburgh, N.Y.; his mother, Mrs. Beulah M. Payne, Miami Beach; one sister, Mrs. W.B. LEVENGOOD, Miami Beach; and a brother, Charles W. Payne, Mt. Prospect, Ill. The body arrived Monday afternoon at Melton Funeral Home where funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Mr. SWASKO of Evansville officiated. Burial was in Big Hill cemetery. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, September 8, 1955.

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