Selected Webster County Obituaries
Surnames Ware to Westerfield
The Providence Journal-Enterprise
1948 - 1961
Thomas Graham WARE, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Ware of the Coiltown section, who formerly lived near Providence, died Tuesday, June 30, following a two-day illness of colitis. He was being brought to Providence for medical treatment and died enroute. Survivors besides the parents are four brothers, Billy, Joe, Jimmy and Dannie; five sisters, Wanda, Carolyn, Linda, Sandra, and Brenda; and grandmothers Mrs. Sibbie Ware of Clay and Mrs. Agnes RUSSELBERG of Morganfield. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rose Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. R.T. MITCHELL of Providence officiating. Burial was in I.O.O.F. cemetery at Boxville.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, July 9, 1953.
Mrs. James WARREN, 37, died suddenly at her home in Sebree at 8 p.m. Sunday. Survivors are the husband; son, Adra; her father, J.T. ADAMS of Sebree; two sisters, Mrs. Nell ROACH of Sebree and Mrs. Edna JACKSON of Evansville; and one brother, Alton Adams of Sebree. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Sebree Methodist church, with the pastor, the Rev. Paul G. LOGSDON, officiating. Burial was in Springdale cemetery, Sebree. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, January 17, 1946. Compiler's note: Another obituary from the Sebree Banner names the son of Mrs. James Warren, nee Crystal B. Adams, as James Adra Warren, her father as T.M. Adams, her sister as Mrs. Nell Roach; and her brother as Alton Adams of Sebree.
Mrs. Zola WARREN, 56, died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday at her home in Sebree following eight weeks' illness. Surviving are the husband, Carl Warren; four daughters, Mrs. Carlene JOHNSON and Mrs. Violet Johnson of Evansville, Mrs. Wilma SANDEFUR of Beech Grove, and Mrs. Pollie BOAZ of Bowling Green; three sons, R.P. Warren, jr., of Beech Grove, Edward Reed and Rex Warren of Sebree; a brother, Lloyd BURDEN of Evansville; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sebree Methodist church, with the Rev. J.R. GUNN of Beech Grove officiating. Burial was in Springdale cemetery, Sebree.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, February 7, 1952.
Billy Darrell WATSON, infant son of Lt. and Mrs. William W. Watson, stillborn Friday in a hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was buried Saturday morning in I.O.O.F. cemetery in Clay. A brief funeral service was conducted at Franklin and Hunt Funeral Home by the Rev. O.N. HOSKINSON. Mrs. Watson is the former Miss Emma Lou HOOKER, of Providence. Her mother, Mrs. Frances Hooker, is with her.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, December 1, 1949.
Charlie WATSON, 80, former Webster county resident, whose home was near Princeton, died in Princeton hospital Friday following a heart attack. Survivors are the wife, Maude; one son, Jeff, near Princeton; two grandchildren; two brothers, Jeff Watson of Princeton, and Harve Watson of Clay; three sisters, Mrs. Ecton McGRAW of Lexington, Mrs. Fannie MONTGOMERY of Sullivan, and Mrs. Delia Vaughn UTLEY, Providence. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Princeton Sunday afternoon and burial was in Princeton.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, March 6, 1952.
Flournoy WATSON, 37, died at 1 p.m. Thursday in an Evansville hospital after an illness of a week. A son of
I.F. Watson, near Dixon, he was reared in that section, and graduated from Dixon High School. Survivors are the father
and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. I.F. Watson; his wife, Mrs. Helen Smith Watson; four sisters, Mrs. E.L. VILLINES and Mrs.
Otho FREDERICK, both of Dixon, Mrs. Luther CURLEE and Mrs. Carvell BLACKBURN, both of Clay; and two brothers, Dorsey
and Roy Watson, Dixon. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tapp Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. W.W.
OAKLEY of Poole officiating. Pallbearers were Thornton TAPP and Howard LANGSTON of Madisonville, T.V. FORTENBERY,
Morganfield, E.C. DYE of Clay, John RAMSEY and Acra MOONEY. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery, Dixon.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, January 13, 1944.
Fred WATSON, 54, farmer of Petersburg, near Sebree, was killed
instantly at 7 o'clock Sunday night when struck by an automobile, as
he was walking on West Main street in Sebree. Andrew J. WILSON, 27,
of 702 Tennessee street, Evansville was arrested three hours later at
his home, and is in the county jail in Dixon awaiting examining trial
which has been set for today, charged with having driven the car.
Watson, who had been in town and was walking toward his home, suffered
a skull fracture and his body was badly mangled. Coroner Guy Riley
conducted an inquest at Springfield Funeral Home and returned a
verdict that Watson came to his death by being struck by a car, the
driver being then unknown. A witness to the accident reported to
Constable Pat Bryant that the car bore Indiana license plates, and
gave a description. Bryant called Evansville police, who arrested
Wilson. Wilson is said to have confessed to having been the driver
saying in his sworn statement that he had been drinking, and was going
about 45 to 50 miles an hour. He said he was enroute to Jewel City,
and stated that after the man was hit, he backed up and stopped his
car, that his brother, Milton Wilson of Jewel City was there and told
him to go ahead, that he, Milton would stay and take care of
everything. The brother was not there when the officers arrived, and
the statement regarding his presence on the scene has not been
substantiated. Wilson further stated that he was excited, which was
his reason for not remaining. He said he went on to Jewel City,
returning through Sebree to his home in Evansville. Watson is
survived by his wife, a son, J.W. Watson and a grandson. Funeral
services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Petersburg church, with
the Rev. Ed TODD of Evansville in charge. Burial was in Petersburg
cemetery. Fred Watson's father, John W. Watson was killed six years
ago within 60 feet of where Sunday's fatal accident occurred, in an
automobile accident when he was riding with his grandson, J.W. Watson,
son of Fred Watson. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday,
December 24, 1941.
Gus B. WATSON, 89, of Henderson, former Providence resident, died at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Guthrie Homestead Nursing Home in Franklin, where he had been for the past year. He died 24 hours after he suffered a stroke. His wife, Susie WINSTEAD Watson, died two years ago. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Henderson. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Fay NORTHERN of Providence; six sons, Paul M. of Hopkinsville, Gordon of Detroit, Carl and Rufus of Indianapolis, Ind., and Marlin and Jack Watson of Henderson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 3:15 p.m. Monday at Moss Funeral Home in Henderson with the Rev. A.J. VANWYK officiating. Burial was in Fernwood cemetery (a few more unreadable words). Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, March 4, 1954.
Mrs. Lula WATSON, 69, died suddenly at 9 a.m. Monday at her home in Poole. Surviving are the husband, Henry Watson; six sons, Carroll H. and Marlin B. of Evansville, Jimmy of Tennafly, N.J., Elby Ray of Henderson, A.O. of Sebree, and W.T. of Dixon; three daughters, Mrs. Laura May NEWTON of Wilson, N.C., Mrs. Virginia CROWLEY of Dixon, and Mrs. Cecelia BROWN of Evansville; father, James SIGLER of Anthoston; a half-sister, Mrs. Clay VILLINES of Dixon; six half-brothers, Eurie, Willie, Carl, Luther and Jay Sigler of Henderson county, and Jimmy Sigler of Palm Beach, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the General Baptist Church in Poole, with the Rev. E.G. SISK and the Rev. E.Y. LASLIE officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove cemetery, Poole.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, 24 April 1952.
Mrs. Minnie WATSON, 84, widow of the late Gus Watson, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home near Dixon. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Maud HIGGINSON, Johnson City, Ill.; a brother, Clay BAKER, of Clay; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at Tapp Funeral Home in Dixon at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, with the Rev. E.G. SISK and the Rev. Minvil CLARK officiating. Pallbearers are to be Jack Baker, James Baker, Robert Baker, Allen HERRON, Bryan Watson, and J.F. Baker. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery, Dixon.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, February 13, 1947.
Miss Ora Mae WATSON, 51, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.V. LEWIS in Blackford. Surviving are the father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Watson of Princeton; uncles and aunts. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Franklin and Edwards Funeral Home in Clay, with Dr. C.O. SIMPSON officiating. Burial was in Rock Springs cemetery.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, May 26, 1955.
Miss Sarah Jane WATSON, 80, died at 4 p.m. Saturday at her home in Wheatcroft. Survivors are two brothers, Archie of Wheatcroft and James of Salem; one sister, Mrs. James GARNETT, Wheatcroft; a half-sister, Mrs. Ocie AGEE, Marion; and two half-brothers, William and Lewis Watson of Blodgett, Mo. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in Rock Springs church, with the Rev. Raymond HAZEL officiating. Burial was in Rock Springs cemetery.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, December 28, 1951.
Albert D. WEBB, of Harrisburg, Ill., a native of Providence, was killed in a mine accident on Nov. 23 at Peabody 47, Harrisburg. Survivors are the wife, Gertrude; two daughters, Joan, of Harrisburg, and Mrs. Jerome YATES, of Pontiac, Mich.; his mother, Mrs. Fannie Webb, Providence; two sisters, Mrs. Bassett HILL and Mrs. Virgil LOVAN, Providence; five brothers, John, of Harrisburg, Edd of Detroit, Will and Andy, of Providence, and Ernest Dossett, of San Francisco, Calif. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gaskins Funeral Home in Harrisburg. Burial was in Sunset Hill cemetery there.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, December 2,1948.
Mrs. Sarah Ann WEBSTER, 77, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Cardwell's Clinic where she had been a patient since she suffered a broken hip Wednesday morning. She was injured in a fall at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leamon EDWARDS, with whom she lived. She was a member of Providence General Baptist Church. Survivors besides Mrs. Edwards are two sisters, Mrs. Molly OAKLEY, of Providence, and Mrs. Lula MARTIN, of Madisonville; a brother, A.C. BYRUM, of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the General Baptist church, with the Rev. C.W. DUFFER officiating. Burial was in Lakeview cemetery.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, April 27, 1950.
Joint funeral services for a mother and sixteen-months-old daughter
who died as the result of burns when their home at Wheatcroft was
destroyed by fire Sunday morning, were held Tuesday afternoon. The
mother, Mrs. Agnes WELLS, 35, suffered burns which resulted in her
death early Monday morning in an Evansville hospital. The child,
Peggy Frances, was burned to death in the flames, and her charred body
was found in the ruins. According to the story related by the family,
Mrs. Wells' husband, Henry Wells, had made a fire in the kitchen
stove, and had gone outside to attend to his stock. Mrs. Wells arose,
and in an attempt to revive the fire which was burned to small embers,
poured kerosene from a five-gallon can. Kerosene in the can ignited,
causing an explosion and setting fire to the whole room. Mrs. Wells
escaped with her husband's assistance, and attempted to re-enter the
flaming house to save the child, but was prevented from doing so.
After preliminary treatment in Wheatcroft, Mrs. Wells was taken to the
hospital, where she remained conscious until 2 a.m. Monday, death
following at 6:30 a.m. Survivors in addition to the husband, are a
daughter by a former marriage, Joan PHELPS, Evansville; parents Mr.
and Mrs. David UTLEY, Reading, Pa.; sisters Mrs. Dan CLARK and Mrs.
Tommy CLAYTON of Evansville, Mrs. Iley BUIE, Madisonville, Mrs. Guy
RILEY, Clay, Mrs. George GELSINGER of Reading, Pa., and Mrs. Rudy
MARTIN, Gordonsville, Va.; and a brother, Ausmond Utley, Steubenville,
Ohio. The Utleys are former residents of Providence. Funeral
services were held Tuesday afternoon at Black Grove church, with the
Rev. E.G. SISK in charge. The bodies were taken to Langston Funeral
home in Clay to await arrival of Mrs. Wells' parents and other
relatives. A brief service was conducted there Wednesday morning by
the Rev. Alpha WARREN of Providence, and burial followed in Pythian
Ridge cemetery, Sturgis. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday,
September 24, 1942.
C.C. WELLS, 67, died at 1 a.m. Sunday in his home in Wheatcroft after an illness of approximately two years. Survivors are the wife, Virgie HERRON Wells; two daughters, Mrs. Frank GRIGG, Wheatcroft, and Mrs. D.B. HILL, Clay; four grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. D.C. MILLER, Mrs. Ervin HINTON, and Mrs. Nancy JONES, Wheatcroft, and Mrs. Willie HEADY, Blackford; and two brothers, Sam and Henry Wells, Wheatcroft. Mr. Wells was a member and elder of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 Monday in the Wheatcroft Union church, with the Rev. J.R. KING of Blackford officiating. Burial was in Rock Spring cemetery.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, February 21, 1946.
Linda Sue WELLS, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wells of Gary, Ind., formerly of Wheatcroft, died Saturday night in a Chicago hospital following a lingering illness. Surviving besides the parents are a half-brother, Robert Thomas Wells of Hopkinsville; and grandparents, Letcher CLARK of Madisonville, Mrs. Lillian Clark of Louisville, and Henry Wells of Wheatcroft. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wells of Wheatcroft, Mrs. Nancy JONES and Robert Jones of Morganfield, Mrs. Lillian Clark and Doris Ann Clark attended the funeral.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, August 7, 1952.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. WELLS, near Wheatcroft, were notified Monday that
their only son, Sgt. Robert G. Wells, 20, previously reported missing,
was killed in action on Oct. 14. Sgt. Wells, a waist gunner on a
flying fortress, was killed in a raid somewhere over Germany. The
young man volunteered for service on Nov. 2, 1942, and was never at
home after he entered service. He received his basic training at
Atlantic City, N.J., and received his gunner's wings and the rating of
sergeant at Ft. Myers, Fla., in January, 1943. Later he was in training at Lowery Field, Denver, Colo., where he was graduated in April as an armored gunner; at Salt Lake City Utah; at Moses Lake, Wash., where he was assigned to a flying fortress; at Walla Walla,
Wash.; and at Redmond, Ore. He arrived in England the latter part of
September. Sgt. Wells was a graduate of Wheatcroft High School, where
he played on the basketball team, and had attended Murray Teachers
College. The last letter his parents received from him was written on
Oct. 11, and in it, he said, "Above all, I don't want any of you to
worry about me, for I am only doing what thousands of others are
trying to do, make this a better world to live in." Surviving are his
parents; one sister, Miss Nancy Wells of Evansville, Ind.; a number of
aunts and other relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Wells have received from Gov.
Keen JOHNSON a certificate stating that their son has been
commissioned posthumously as an aide-de-camp on the staff of the
governor with the rank of colonel, in recognition of valor and heroism
displayed. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, November 24, 1943.
Carl WESTERFIELD, 55, Beaver Dam grocer and brother of A.D. Westerfield, of Providence, died at noon Friday in a Louisville hospital where he had been a patient since May. He was president of Beaver Dam Civic Club and a deacon in the First Baptist church there. Survivors are the wife; daughter, Mrs. Grace BAKER, Louisville; mother, Mrs. J.M. Westerfield, Beaver Dam; and brothers, A.D. Providence, and Cleo, Detroit. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the First Baptist church in Beaver Dam, with the pastor, Dr. BADGETT, officiating. Burial was in Sunnyside cemetery there.
Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, July 14, 1949.