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MANCHESTER CEMETERY OBITUARIES



MCCRACKEN, WILMA MAY WELLER

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 Sec A Page 3

Wilma May McCracken, 80, of Murrayville, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at Jacksonville Convalescent Center.

She was born April 29, 1923, in Douds, Iowa, the daughter of Orville and Gladys Lee Weller. She married Howard McCracken Aug. 6, 1962, in Douds, Iowa, and he survives in Murrayville.

Also surviving are one stepson, Mickey (wife, Kari) McCracken, of Pekin; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Marta Kruger of Marion; two step-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy (husband, Warren) Harryman, of Ottumwa, Iowa; four brothers, Darrell Weller, Wilbur (wife, Reda) Weller, of Charlotte, NC., Bill (wife, Audrey) Weller of Sarasota, Fla., and Joe (wife, Phyllis) Weller, of Ottumwa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale, in infancy, and Bob Weller.

Mrs. McCracken was a member of the Murrayville Baptist church. She worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed sewing.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Murrayville, with burial in Manchester City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Murrayville EMS.

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Sec A Page 4

Funeral services for Wilma M. McCracken were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Murrayville with The Rev. Ken Barger officiating. Gladys Huff was organist. Vocalists Don and Shelby Pence sang "How Great Thou Art" and "When We All Get to Heaven." Pallbearers were Don Pence, Randy Wahl, Randy Pence, Clyde Six, Bill Vedder and Bob Brinker. Burial was at Manchester Cemetery.


MONROE, BILLIE GENE

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Sec A Page 4

Billie Gene Monroe, 43, of Winchester died Tuesday afternoon, March 2, 2004 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 30, 1960 in Hannibal, Missouri the son of Richard and Lila Daum. He married Patricia Little Jan. 3, 1987 in Michigan, and she survives.

He is survived by his parents of Carrollton; two sons, Tanner (wife, Jenny) Lawson of Jacksonville and Shaun Lamb (fiancée, Amanda Edwards) of St. Clair, Mo.; one grandson, Ty Lawson of Jacksonville; two brothers, Tom (wife, Sandy) Monroe of Henderson, Ky. and Greg Scott of East Alton; three sisters, Linda Portwood and Lynn Talley, both of Roodhouse, and Alicia (husband, Rich) Mathews of Carrollton; one stepbrother Rick (wife, Judy) Daum; and two stepsisters, Kim (husband, Jim) Wells and Dana (husband, Bryan) Kunzeman all of Carrollton. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Mr. Monroe attended Greene County schools. He worked as an Installer for Orius Cablevision. He was an ironworker, a member of Local 469 in Jackson, Miss. He enjoyed Nascar Racing, playing pool and riding motorcycles.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2004 at the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester with burial in the Winchester City Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.airsman-hires.com/coonrod


ANSLYN, ESTHER COLLEEN BRANNAN

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, May 12, 2004 Sec A Page 4

Esther Colleen Anslyn, 74, of Manchester, died early Wednesday morning May 5, 2004, at her residence.

She was born July 23, 1929 nears Wrights, the daughter of Clinton and Eva Cunningham Brannan. She married Leon P. Anslyn May 7, 1963 in Jacksonville. He preceded her in death in October 1971.

She is survived by six sons, Michael (wife, Deborah) Anslyn of Manooka; Leo (wife, Shari) Anslyn of Winchester; E.R. (wife, Pamela) of Winchester; Danny McMillen of Manchester, Randall McMillen of Winchester and two daughters, Eva Barnd of White Hall and Dallas (husband, Michael) Rice of Apopka, Florida; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and one brother, Gordon Brannan of Woodriver. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda McMillen, one son, Lean F. Anslyn, and one sister, Edith Goodall.

Mrs. Anslyn worked at the dress factory in White Hall for about nine years in the 1940's. She was a homemaker and liked to sew, do cross-stitching, and loved cooking for her family and friends. She had lots of friends and was a giving and caring person.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse with burial in the Manchester Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Shriner's Hospital in St. Louis. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.mackeydaws.com


WILLIAMS, GAIL GENE

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, February 25, 2004 Sec A Page 4

Gail Gene Williams, age 64, of Manchester, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, in rural Roodhouse.

He was born June 15, 1939 in Athensville, the son of John and Beatrice Inez Williams Hartz.

He is survived by his mother of Jacksonville, his companion of many years. Joan Henry; one daughter, Julie Hawks (fiancé, Shanon Brickey) of Woodson; one son, William Gene (wife, Julie) Williams of Elizabeth City, NC; four grandchildren, Kate Prevatt, Casey Williams, Cory Williams and Cody Williams; four great-grandchildren, Austin Prevatt, C.J. Williams, Kyle Williams, and Ryan Williams; one brother, John (wife, Lynda) Hartz of Woodson and one sister, Eileen (husband, Robert) Hull of Manchester. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, John Hartz; and one sister, Cathy Neff.

Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1960. He worked many years for Morton Buildings in Jacksonville, then was the owner and operator of the Midway Tavern in Woodson from 1986 to 1996 along with his brother and from 1996 to the present with his daughter. He was a member of the Apple Creek ABATE Chapter, the White Hall VFW Post 7684 and the AMA (American Motorcycle Association). He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sprint car racing and motorcycle riding.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Roodhouse with burial at the Manchester Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Manchester Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com


CHAMBERS, MARGARETTE J. MURRAY

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 9 Feb 2004

Jacksonville - Margarette J. Chambers, 94, of Jacksonville, died Friday evening, Feb. 6, 2004, at Barton W. Stone Christian Home in Jacksonville.

She was born Aug. 3, 1909, near Manchester, the daughter of Ernest David and Eva Pauline Brickey Murray. She married Jesse Wayne Chambers, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay Chambers, of Medford, Mass., and Janet A. (husband, Jeffrey) Bland, of Taylorville; three grandchildren, Sabrina Bland, of Springfield, Sadie M. Bland and Will Bland of Taylorville; one brother, Robert E. (wife, Joyce) Murray, of Greenfield; two sisters, Sarah K. Murray, of Jacksonville, and Virginia P. (husband, Richard) Whitney, of Memphis, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Chambers was a 1928 graduate of Brown's Business College. She was a receptionist for Passavant Area Hospital and Dunlap Hotel before retiring from Illinois School for the Deaf in 1971. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Jolly Y's Pinochle Club, Malta Shrine and the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cody & Son Memorial Home, with burial at Manchester Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to

the service. Memorials are suggested to Barton W. Stone Christian Home.
BRUCE, KENNETH A.

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, April 17, 2002 Sec A Page 3

Kenneth A. Bruce, 87, of Bluffs, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield.

He was born July 1, 1914 near Roodhouse, the son of Ruel A. and Maude Clinard Bruce. He married Besse E. Shandrow June 5, 1946, and she preceded him in death April 29, 1991.

He is survived by two sons, Stephen (wife, Charlene) of Huntsville, Ala., and Gerald (wife, Anita) of Kailua, Hawaii; one daughter, Phyllis (husband, Kenneth) Schaad of Griggsville; three sisters Anita Bruce of Houston, Texas, Shirley Owdom of Jacksonville, and Audrey (husband, Robert) Spencer of Springfield; two brothers Charles (wife, Betty) of Jacksonville, and Donald of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey (surviving wife, Donna of Putman); three brothers, William, Meade and Leland; and one sister Ruby Menezes.

Bruce was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Bluffs Baptist Church and the Scott County Farm Bureau. He was a World War II veteran.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs, with burial at Manchester Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Bluffs Baptist Church.


BRUCE, HELEN ANITA

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 10 Jan 2004

Jacksonville - Helen Anita Bruce, 91, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Houston, died Thursday evening, Jan. 8, 2004, at Barton W. Stone Christian Home in Jacksonville.

She was born April 11, 1912, in the Richwoods vicinity of Greene County, the daughter of Ruel and Maude Clinard Bruce.

She is survived by two brothers, Donald Bruce of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Charles (wife, Betty) Bruce of Jacksonville; two sisters, Audrey (husband, Robert) Spencer of Springfield and Shirley Owdom of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Willie, in infancy, Meade, killed in action during World War II., Leland and Kenneth; and one sister, Ruby Menezes.

Miss Bruce graduated from Jacksonville High School and Browns Business College. She was an executive secretary for Humble Oil/Exxon/Mobile in Houston. She was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Monday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Manchester Cemetery. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Barton W. Stone Christian Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com


WEIS, DR. JOSEPH W.

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 4 Jul 1927

Dr. Jos. W. Weis,
Aged Manchester
Physician, DIES

Had Practiced in Scott County for 30 years
funeral Tuesday - afternoon

Dr. J.W. Weis for many years a prominent physician of Scott County, died at his home in Manchester Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock. For more than twenty years he practiced at Manchester and was in the active practice of his profession for more than fifty years.

Dr. Weis was born in Springfield, Missouri, February, 25, 1850. After securing a common school education he went to New York City for the study of medicine. Before he had attained his majority he was granted his diploma from a well established medical school in that city.

He returned to his home in Missouri and carried on the practice of his profession at Springfield. He later removed to Wisconsin where he practiced for several years and later located near Mattoon where he resided and practiced for nearly thirty years, coming to Manchester in 1901. There he practiced actively until four years ago when on account of failing health he was compelled to retire. Two years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and has been confined to his home since that time. He began to fail rapidly about one week ago and death coming as a relief to his suffering Sunday morning. Dr. Weis was the son of Peter J. and Elizabeth Sanders Weis and was twice married. His first wife was Eliza B. Allison. To this union five children were born. They are Grace, deceased, wife of Charles Carnlite; Leon Weis of Alton; Josephine Drennen, of Detroit, Michigan; J. Stanley Weis of Mattoon, Ill. and Ethel Heaton of Chicago. The first Mrs. Weis passed away in 1895 and he was again married to Jennie Sayre who with the four children named survive and were at his bedside when the end came.

Dr. Weis was unusually successful as a physician. Wherever he practiced he had a large clientele and was recognized for his skill and promptness in answering their calls. Entering on his profession when the physician was compelled to improvise and work out the problems that came up in his work he was quick to analyze his needs and had the daring to carry them out. He was most diligent as a student and having a keen analytical mind he was accurate to judgment in diagnosis and quick to apply a remedy. His patrons credited him with answering a call speedily and relieving their ailments with equal dispatch.

His whole life was marked by an honest frankness that readily won friends both in his profession and business dealings. He was quick to advise his patients if their ailments were baffling and never hesitated to call others in consultation.

At an early age he identified himself with the Methodist church, and was active in the work of that organization wherever he mad his home. He was a member of the official board and as his time permitted was always present in its services.

The funeral will be held at the Methodist church in Manchester, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 and the burial will be in the new cemetery at that place.


HUDSON, EDNA MAE SIMMONS

Scott County Times, Winchester, Illinois, Wednesday, July 12, 2000 Sec A, Page 3

Edna Mae Hudson, 82, of South Jacksonville died peacefully at her residence Monday morning, July 3, 2000. She was born June 18, 1918 in rural Morgan County the daughter of Perry and Gertrude Alred Simmons. She married Wayne Hudson on Oct. 10, 1937 at the Murrayville Baptist Church in Murrayville Baptist Church in Murrayville and he survives.

She is also survived by one daughter, Ruth (husband, Bill) Dawson of Jacksonville; one son, Alan (wife, Barbara) Hudson of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and one sister, Helen Spencer of Littleton, Colorado. She was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Simmons, and two brothers, Emory (surviving wife, Alene of Jacksonville) and Ralph Simmons.

Mrs. Hudson was assistant postmaster for 24 years in Manchester, before becoming postmaster for three years. She was later employed as a licensed practical nurse with the Jacksonville Developmental Center. She was a member of the Manchester Baptist Church for over sixty years, serving as a Sunday School teacher and Treasurer. She was a co-founder of the Manchester Baptist Church Retreat and had been a 4-H leader.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2000 at the Manchester Baptist Church with the Revs. Larry Balthis and Dean Cooper officiating. Organist Carol Campbell accompanied Michelle Early as she sang "That Will Be Glory For Me". The Chosen Ones sang "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Sitting In Heavenly Places".

Pallbearers were Tom Campbell, Neal Cooper, Steven Andras, Robert Johnson, Bill Lawson and Richard Young. Honorary pallbearers were Don Baird and Dean Thady. Burial was at Manchester Cemetery. Williamson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Manchester Baptist Church New Fellowship Hall Building Fund or Visiting Nurses of Central Illinois, Jacksonville Branch.


HUDSON, WAYNE A.

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 22 Sep 2003

Winchester - Wayne A. Hudson, 88, of Winchester, formerly of Jacksonville, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born Sept. 17, 1915, in White Hall, the son of Henry O. and Edith Cotter Hudson. He married Edna Mae Simmons in 1937 in Murrayville; she died in 2000.

Mr. Hudson and his father owned and operated Hudson Grocery Store in Manchester for more than 50 years. He later worked in Jacksonville. He was a longtime member and former deacon at Manchester Baptist Church. He was a member of Masonic lodges in Jacksonville and Manchester.

Survivors: a son, Alan (wife, Barbara) Hudson of Houston; a daughter, Ruth (husband, Bill) Dawson of Jacksonville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Manchester Baptist Church. Burial: Manchester Cemetery.

Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.


HUDSON, WAYNE A.

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 22 Sep 2003

Winchester - Wayne A. Hudson, 88, of Winchester, formerly of Jacksonville, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born Sept. 17, 1915, in White Hall, the son of Henry O. and Edith Cotter Hudson. He married Edna Mae Simmons in 1937 in Murrayville; she died in 2000.

Mr. Hudson and his father owned and operated Hudson Grocery Store in Manchester for more than 50 years. He later worked in Jacksonville. He was a longtime member and former deacon at Manchester Baptist Church. He was a member of Masonic lodges in Jacksonville and Manchester.

Survivors: a son, Alan (wife, Barbara) Hudson of Houston; a daughter, Ruth (husband, Bill) Dawson of Jacksonville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Manchester Baptist Church. Burial: Manchester Cemetery.

Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.


SCHAFER, LYNDLE E.

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, July 9, 2003 Sec A Page 2

Lyndle E. Schafer, 77, of Manchester, died Monday, July 7, 2003, following an automobile accident.

He was born June 21, 1926 in Pittsfield to Julius and Nellie Peer Schafer. He married Imogene Barnett June 20, 1949 in Hernando, Miss. She survives in Manchester.

He is survived by one son, Robert (wife, Chris) Schafer of Murrayville; three daughters, Nancy (husband, Lynn) Knapp of Manchester, Elaine (husband, Jim) Chestnut of Riverton and Lynette Schafer of Winchester; six grandchildren, Kimberly (husband, Pat) Hackett, Kirby (wife, Jennifer) Knapp, Brian (wife, Jennifer) Knapp, Brian (wife, Becky) Schafer, Amanda (husband, Michael) Pfeiffer, Jill Stinebaker and Heath Stinebaker; five great grandchildren; one brother, Dale (wife, Margie) Schafer of Curtiss, Wis. and one sister, Aileen (husband, George) Bouyoucas, Holiday, Fla.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Huddleston and Maxine Rearden and one granddaughter, Sarah Katherine Knapp.

Schafer was a member of the Manchester Baptist Church, the Manchester American Legion Post #751 and Scott Farm Bureau. He was active in 4-H and served as a leader for several years. He was also on the Scott County Fair Board. He loved Charolais cattle.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Jan., 1945 to Nov., 1946 and participated in the occupation of China from June through Sept., 1946. He was a farmer and also worked at Capitol Records for 30 years.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at Manchester Baptist Church, with interment in Manchester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Winchester EMS or the Scott County Fair.

Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse is in charge of arrangements.


NEWMAN, PAMELA K. SMITH

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 9 Jan 2004

Jacksonville - Pamela K. Smith, 61, of Tampa Bay, Fla., and formerly of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 22, 1942, in Chicago, the daughter of E. Clarendon "Yorker" and Anna M. "Mickey" Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Marshall "Jerry" Newman of Tampa Bay, Fla.; one brother, Rob Smith of Milwaukee; and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Miss Smith attended Franklin School and David Prince Junior High. She graduated from Jacksonville High School, where she played in the band, with the class of 1960. She lived in New Orleans for several years, where she was employed by Lykes Brothers Steamship Lines. She moved to Tampa Bay, Fla., when her employer relocated its headquarters, and she continued to work for them untill two years ago, when declining health forced her to retire.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Private family services will be held at a later date, with burial at Manchester Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Anna M. and E. Clarendon Smith Scholarship Fund at MacMurray College, or to the American Lung Association.


KELLEY, LEO D.

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Sec A4

Leo D. Kelley, 77, of rural Winchester, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in rural Manchester, the son of John and Jessie Deen Kelley.

He is survived by one brother, Merle Kelley of Springfield; one sister, Louise (husband, G. D.) Jones of Roodhouse; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lloyd, Carl and Maurice.

Mr. Kelley was a graduate of Roodhouse High School and farmed most of his life.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse with burial in Manchester City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation. Condolences may be left online at mackeydaws.com .

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, February 2, 2005 Sec A4

Funeral services for Leo D. Kelley were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse, with the Rev. Bill Baughman officiating. Pallbearers were Pat Kelley, Dan Kelley, Eric Jones, Chad Jones, Mike Presley and Eric Weymouth. Burial was at Manchester City Cemetery


BETTIS, VIRGIL

Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, December 24, 2003 Sec A Page 2

Virgil "Burch" Bettis, 81, of Roodhouse, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 at White Hall Multicare Center. He was born Aug. 24, 1922, near Winchester, the son of Elmer Louis and Lillian Mae Decker Bettis.

He is survived by a special friend, Ruth Hicks; three sons, Larry (wife, Carole Sue) of Roodhouse, Gary (wife, Comelia) of Olney and Danny of Jacksonville; four daughters Judy Crays, Peggy Todd and Bonnie Loy, all of Jacksonville, and Sue Ann (husband, Dennis) Sexhus of Leeds, N.D.; 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Opal (husband, Joe) Schofield of Winchester; and two brothers, Lloyd (wife, Georgia) of Modesto and Jim (wife, Virginia) of Alsey. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Stelle Mae Schofield and Helen Briggs; four brothers, Charles, Junior, Clarence "Gene" and Arthur; and four siblings in infancy, Georgie, Hazel, Orville and Tommie.

Mr. Bettis was a farmer in the Greenfield area for several years and a retired meat inspector for the State of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse, with burial at Manchester Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Heart Association or the donor's choice. Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse was in charge of the arrangements.


PERKINS, ROSE MARIE RATLIFF

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 12 Sep 2003

Jacksonville - Rose Marie Perkins, 51, of Jacksonville, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Prairie Village Health Care Center in Jacksonville.

She was born, Jan. 31, 1952, in Murrayville, the daughter of Claude and Myrtle Bunch Ratliff. She married Joe Perkins and he survives in Jacksonville.

She is also survived by four brothers, Donald (wife, Joyce) Ratliff of Murrayville, George Ratliff of Virginia, Charles (wife, Kay) Ratliff of Murrayville and Scotty (wife, Judy) Ratliff of Jacksonville; four sisters, Stella Lomelino and Mary (husband, Jerry) Lomelino, both of Murrayville, Margaret (husband, Don) Currier of Jacksonville and Anna Snodgrass of Patterson; and one half brother, LeRoy Bunch of Palmyra.

Mrs. Perkins collected turtles and liked music.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Murrayville with burial at Manchester Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until time of services Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the family.


NEAL, J. T.

Jacksonville Journal Courier, Tuesday morning - 27 Feb. 1917

J.T. Neal of Murrayville
Succumbs After Weeks of Illness

At half past four Monday morning the venerable J.T. Neal of Murrayville quietly breathed his last at his home in Murrayville. Some weeks ago he was attacked with pneumonia and though he rallied somewhat from that, other complications set in and he was unable to overcome them.

Mr. Neal was born in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan. 1st, 1828 and was the child of Ambrose and Sarah Neal. The father was a farmer and belonged to the sturdy stock of the bluegrass state and ever tried to bring up his children in the fear of the Lord and to make a mark in the world. Like many others he thought he could improve his condition by removing to Illinois which he did when his children were small. The trip was made with ox wagons and was slow and tedious but no other way across the country was known and so the early settlers made the best of it.

Settled Near Manchester

The family settled near the present site of Manchester near the farm of Thomas Dace and went bravely to work. In a few years the mother succumbed to the hardships incident to the early days. Fresh meat was not hard to get as turkeys and deer were plentiful and the small game in abundance. Such things as matches, cook stoves and a host of modern utensils were unknown but the Dutch oven, the reflector, kettles and crane, pone board and other things supplied the deficiency. The quarters were small and indifferently supplied, hospitality was a cardinal virtue and seldom was a wanderer turned from the door of a person in those days.

If a dwelling possessed a second story it was reached by a ladder and up it went the guests and slept the sleep of the just. Beds were arranged about on the floors and good cheer and cordial hospitality prevailed. All worked hard and had good health and even today many an octogenarian sighs for some of the good cheer of the olden times when people were genuine without hypocrisy and vanity; when health counted for more than wealth and a good character for more than acres of fine land.

Married on Independance Day.

People married when quite young in those days and it was far wiser than now when conditions are so different. Mr. Neal and Miss Elizabeth C. Lemon celebrated Independence day 1848, by getting married, the groom being twenty and the bride several years younger but both were strong and brave and ready for the battle of life and they fought it successfully as everyone knows. They settled down to farming and rearing their family and their children have done them credit. Together they put their shoulders to the wheel and together they labored harmoniously and successfully.

As the children left the family home for residences of their own and advancing years made work harder for the couple they decided to give up the farm and move into Murrayville which they did in 1903 and have since lived happily in a pleasant home surrounded by the comforts of life in good measure.

Mr. Neal is survived by his wife. His children are Mary, Mrs. Henry Martin, deceased; Sarah, Mrs. Henry Greenwalt of Manchester; George who died young; Ella, Mrs. Charles Greenwalt of Roodhouse; Emma, Mrs. Charles Crouse of Roodhouse; Lou, Mrs. Newton Brown of Murrayville; Rose, Mrs. Charles Rousey of Murrayville; Lilly, Mrs. William Crouse of Concord; Miss Edith, at home. There are also 34 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted Thursday morning at a time and hour to be announced.


HARTZ, JOHN W.

Jacksonville Journal Courier

Manchester - John W. Hartz, 75, of Manchester, died Saturday morning, May 20, 2000, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Scott County, the son of Lawrence and Opal Mitchell Hartz. He married Inez Williams Aug. 16, 1947, in Winchester, and she survives.

He is also survived by two sons, John L. (wife, Linda) of Woodson and Gail (wife, Joan) Williams of Manchester; one daughter, Eileen (husband, Robert) Hull of Manchester; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one brother Russell (wife, Joan) of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Cathy Neff; and two brothers, Richard and Donald.

Mr. Hartz was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Alsey and a life member and past commander of the White Hall VFW. He delivered chips for Quincy Maid and Charles Chips for several years. He retired from the Secretary of State's office where he worked as a security guard. He served as World War II as an overhead machine gunner in the Army Air Corps. He enjoyed wood crafting and loved his family.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse, with burial at Manchester Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday after 2 p.m. with family meeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Alsey.


POGUE, SARAH JANE DAUGHERTY

Jacksonville Journal Courier, 1 Dec 1933

Sarah Jane Daugherty Pogue, oldest child of Charles and Marguerite Daugherty, was born in Macoupin County, Illinois, December 2, 1852, and departed this life November 23, 1933, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dessie Stewart, near Scottville. She was 80 years 11 months and 20 days of age at the time of her death.

She was united in marriage to Joseph C. Pogue, April 12, 1876, and to this union were born six children, three of whom preceded her in death, Mrs. Sadie Stewart passing away April 23, 1919, and two daughters dying in infancy.

She is survived by one son, Chas. E. Pogue, of Shelbina, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Dessie Stewert, of Scottville, and Mrs. Lula Hunter, of North Liberty, Ia.; ten grandchildren, Everett, Stanley and Luella Pogue; Claude and Lester Stewart; Marshall, Lawrence and Bert Hunter; Mrs. Ilene Gunther and Ruth Stewart.

The deceased spent her married life near Manchester. After the death of her husband she made her home with her children, and as her health began to fail she spent her last few years with her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Stewart, the family being former residents of Waverly.

She was converted in her youth in a meeting at Nortonville, by Rev. Thos. Marsh, and united with the Manchester church in January, 1899, where she remained a faithful servant until death.

Funeral services were held at the Manchester Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 1:30, in charge of Rev. Henry Spencer, assisted by A. P. Gregory.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Curtiss Kelly, Miss Lyndell, Frank Cramire and A. P. Gregory, who sang "The Old Rugged Cross", "Face to Face", and "Does Jesus Care", with Mrs. A. P. Gregory as accompanist.


The pall bearers were Marshall Hunter, Lawrence Hunter, Claude Stewart, Lester Stewart, John Daugherty and Glen Grider. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. Ilene Gunther and Miss Ruth Stewart.

Burial was in the Manchester cemetery.

Transcribed by: Larry Fearneyhough



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