Reynolds County Obituaries




Mary Jane Worley, nee Mauk, was born January 7, 1861, near Plain City, Ohio and passed away at her home near Riverside in Reynolds county, on January 25, 1944, at the age of 83 years and 18 days. She came to Missouri at the age of three years and was married to William Andrew Worley on June 5, 1881 and to this union was born 10 children; Emma Piles of Riverside, Lee of the home, An- thony of Piedmont, Walter of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dollie Sutton of Riverside, Tom of Detroit, Mich., Naoma Brawley of Riverside, Will of Piedmont, Emmett of St. Louis, Virgie Losh of Willow Springs; all of whom she leaves to mourn her passing. Her companion passed away about three years ago. She also leaves 50 grandchildren, 30 great- grandchildren, and one great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews and a host of other rel- atives and friends. She joined the Nazarene Church at Redford, Mo., in 1910, later moving her mem- bership to the Beulah church of which she was a member at the time of her death. Grandma Worley, as she was so well known to her neighbors and friends, had six grandsons in the armed forces of our country. They are, John Brawley, Jack Worley, Elva Sutton, Artie Wor- ley, Lyman Piles and Doyle Wor- ley. Grandma was a loving moth- er and a good faithful Christian. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Submitted by Jean Anne Sheffield Gant

WORLEY, William Andrew

William Andrew Worley was born February 10, 1864, on Webbs' Creek in Reynolds County and died March 7, 1941, at his home near Riverside, at the age of 77 years and 25 days. He was the son of William and Norsesis Worley. He was married to Mary Jane Mauk, June 5. 1881, and to this union, 10 children were born. He became a Christian in his early life and joined the Baptist church. About 30 years ago he joined the Nazarene church and was a member of the Beulah church. He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved companion and 10 children, namely: Mrs. Emma Piles, Mrs. Dollie Sutton and Mrs. Naomi Brawley of Piedmont; Mrs. Virgie Losh of Sligo, Mo.; and Lee Worley of the home; Anthony of Piedmont, Walter of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Tom of Detroit, Mich.; Will of Mayestown, Ill.; and Emmett of St. Louis; also 48 grand-children and 18 great grand-children. He was laid to rest Sunday, March 9, 1941, with Bro. Daggett and Bro. A. W. Lashley conducting the funeral. Services were held at the home and burial was in the Murphy cemetery. Six of his grandsons were pallbearers - Paul Piles, Elva and Earl Sutton, Delmar Losh, John Brawley and Harold Worley. Flower bearers were five of his grand-daughters -Lvera Piles, Floy and Dimple Sutton, Lula Worley and Melba Losh - Contributed.

Submitted by Jean Anne Sheffield Gant


On Saturday night Feb. 14, 1920, the death angel visited the home of Frank Bennett of Black River, and claimed for its victim his aged mother, Mary Jane Bennett, who had been in very ill health for several years past. Grandma Bennett was born Oct. 2, 1838, therefore she was 81 years, 4 months and 12 days old. Her maiden name was Mann, she was left an orphan she was 4 years old and lived from then till the time of her marriage with near relatives. She was married to Wm Bennett in her early days and about 10 years later she was left a widow with 4 small children whom by the help of her blessed master, she raised them to be grown men and women, three still living, and one daughter, Mrs. Kate Sanders, died several years ago. She leaves besides her three children, eighteen grand-children, three great-grand- children and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss but we realize our loss is Heaven’s gain. O, why should we weep for those whom we know, according to God’s word are in sweet rest to the other shore where sick and sorrows are past forever. Grandma Bennett had lived the life of a true and faithful Christian for sixty years, she has now gone to be with her blessed Savior whom she spoke of so often while she was in this world ONE WHO LOVED HER Obituary We have been requested to publish the following which was written by Mary Jane Bennett long before her death. She, at the time requested that same be publish in the OUTLOOK: It follows: “Mary Jane Bennett, maiden name Mann, daughter of Chas. and Rhoda Mann, left when small; reared by Christian relatives, Uncles and Aunts; was born Oct. and 1838, professed a hope in Christ 1858 and joined the Baptist Church and was immersed by Uncle Josiah Duncan as I was taught to call him. Married to William C. Bennett Dec. 23, 1858, near Greenville, MO, he departed this life Sept. 15, 1870. He left me with four small Children, and by the help of God I made it and O, how sweet to trust in Jesus and to take him at his word, what have I to dread what have I to fear? I have peace on earth with my Lord I hear, leaning on my Savior’s arm. Farewell, farewell to all below, my Savior calls and I must go – goodbye.”

Submitted by: Kathryn Counts


Obituary Robert Theodore Mann was born in Reynolds County on April 26, 1875 and entered into rest at the Belleview Nursing Home, April 19, 1962 at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and 23 days. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Worley who preceded him in death. To this union three children were born, Addie O’Kelley of California, Everett Mann and Grace Lewis, both of St. Louis. Later he was united in marriage to Julia Hughes who preceded him in death also. To this union four children were born, Vura, who died in infancy, Carl Mann of St. Louis, Ruth Griegery and Ruby Funk of Annapolis. Uncle Bob, as he was affectionately known, leaves to mourn his passing six children, twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren one great great grandchild and two brothers, Edd Mann and Lyman Mann, both of Piedmont. Uncle Bob professed a hope in Christ about three years ago. He will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Fred Latch at the Union Church, Annapolis, MO, were held April 22, 1962, at 2 p.m. with internment to the Annapolis Cemetery. by Julie Mann Biermann

Submitted by: Kathryn Counts

BARTON, Junior B.

Junior B. Barton, 74, of Ellington, MO, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 at Reynolds County Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 27, 1928 in Redford, Missouri. He attended the Ellington First Baptist Church and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army.
He was the service station owner of Hub City for 10 years and still worked at Richard's Gas and Tire. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to baseball and basket games and working in the yard. ON June 21, 1951, he married Thelma Brawley in Piggott, Ark.
Survivors include two sons, Stanley Barton of Centerville and Kenny Barton of Ellington; one daughter, Lisa Lesh of Fenton, MO; one brother, Melvin (Dean) Barton of Ellington; five sisters, Bernice Barton of Centerville, Lucille Dement of Arnold, MO, Louise Reeve of Jonesboro Ark, and Velma Beck and Opal bullock, all of Ellington; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington. The funeral service will be at 1:00 pm Friday at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kenneth McIntosh officiating. Burial will be in the Ellington Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

submitted by Jerry Brawley


Cynthia Lea Turner, 86, daughter of the late William Hart and Sarah Counts Hart, was born June 23, 1898 in Reynolds County and passed away at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Glasgow on April 1, 1985, at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Turner was united in marriage to James Turner on Dec. 25, 1918 in Centerville, and to this union six children were born. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Alfred and Howard Turner; one daughter, Sarah Turner. She is survived by one daughter. Mildred Rosen of Slater; two sons, Ray Turner of Reynolds and Lonnie Turner of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one brother, Mack Hart of St. Louis; 15 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives. Mrs. Turner enjoyed being with her family and gardening. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 3, 1985 at 2 p.m. in the Spencer Chapel in Bunker with Elder Carlton Mathes officiating. Interment was in the Reynolds-Corridon Cemetery. All arrangements were under the direction of the Spencer Funeral Home.

Submitted by: Verla Burdette

ALLEN, James Franklin

James Franklin Allen, son of Rev. and Mrs. Lewis Allen, was born March 29, 1867. Died March 23, 1929. Age 61 years, 11 months, 24 days. He married to Miss Alta Victoria Smith July 18, 1892. To this union was born 7 children, two small children having been called to the Home in the Beyond while infants. Those who mourn his going are his widow, Mrs. Alta Allen, three sons, Delemel, Emmel, and Otis; two daughters, Gertie Albert, and Mrs. Della Henson, and other relatives and a host of friends. Jim Allen was loved by everyone who know him, was always agreeable and knew no enemies. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Kenneth E. Couch, from the Ellington Baptist Church, with interment in the Ellington Cemetery Written by a friend

BALL, Martha Ann

Martha Ann Ball, nee Allen, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Allen, was born March 8, 1864. Was married to W.W. Ball,Jr. on Dec. 20th, 1884. Martha united with the missionary Baptist Church, of Barnesville, in November 1885, and moved with her husband, to the M.E. Church South, Nov. 25th,1894. Later left the M.E. Church, and lived the remainder of her life an humble child of God, and fell asleep on July 25th, 1928, 9 P.M. and was laid to rest in the Ellington Cemetery July 25th, 1928. Funeral services were conducted by the writer, a large audience of her friends attending. Martha leaves to mourn her departure, on sister Mrs. G.W. Baker, of Salado, Texas, and one brother James F. Allen, of Redford, Mo., and husband W.W. Ball, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Martha lived the Christian life, and she was a good wife. J.E. Walker

Submitted by Vickie Johnson
All obituaries have been typed just as they were printed in the paper, ( I believe they all came from the Reynolds Co. Courier) mistakes, typos, and all. Thank you, Vickie Johnson


William Riley Black was born July, 10, 1863 at Oats, Mo. departed this life July 31, 1935 at St. Mary's of the Ozarks, Arcadia Valley Hospital, Ironton, Mo. Age 72 years, 21 days. He was united in marriage to Sarrah Jane Foster, January, 11, 1883 and to this union was born twelve children, seven of whom survive. Mrs. Rose Copeland and Mrs Roxie Myers of Black, Mo. and Mrs. Dessie Frances of Potosi, Mo. Johnny and Otto Black of Lesterville, Mo. Willie Black, of Black, Mo. and Roy Black of St. Louis, Mo. He joined the United Baptist church in early life and lived a faithful member until the end. He was strickened with some form of paralysis about ten years ago and with other complications, his illness was long and painful he bore it patiently. He was a good citizen, a kind and loving huband and father and will be sadley missed by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss, a broken hearted wife, three daughters, four sons, thirty-one grand children, two great grand children, two sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. The remains were laid to rest in the Meyers Cemetery. May the family circle be unbroken around the throne of God. A Daughter


Sarah Jane (Black) Eaton, was born November 14, 1865 at Georgetown, Ill., and departed this life July 8, 1947 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 24 days. She was united in marriage to William Riley Black, January 11, 1883, who preceded her in death July 31, 1935. To this union 12 children were born, seven of whom survive, namely: Johnny Black of Lesterville; Otto. Roy and Willie Black of St. Louis; Mrs. Rosa Copeland, Mrs. Roxie Myers of Black and Mrs. Dessie Francis of Springfield, Mo. On October 9, 1943 she was married to Fred Eaton of Garwood, Mo., who preceded her in death January 16, 1944. She joined the United Baptist Church in early life and lived a true and faithful member until the end. She leaves to mourn her loss seven children, thirty-two grand children, thirty great-grandchildren, one brother, John Foster of Corridon, one sister, Mrs. Mary Cauley of Wortham, Mo., and a host of relatives and friends. She was a kind and loving mother and a friend to all. Funeral services were conducted at Webb Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 9, by Rev. G.W. Bay. Burial was in the Myers Cemetery by White Funeral service.


Joseph M. Black was born Aug. 11, 1848, died Dec. 18, 1946, at the age of 98 years, 4 months and 6 days. He was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Smith at an early age. His wife preceded him in death about the year 1898. To this union was born 12 children, of which 5 preceded him in death, leaving 7 children still living. They are as follows: Patsy Welker of Frankclay, Mo., Jackson Black, Black, Mo., David Black, Black, Mo., Ada Brooks, Bismarck, Mo., Lydia Hawkins, Pilot Knob, Mo., Lettie Sisco of Alton, Mo., and Marion Black of Salem, Mo., also 25 grand children, 50 great grand children and 7 great-great grand children; 2 half brothers, James Black of Black, Mo., Charley Black of St. Louis and one half sister, Mary Jane Lewis of Bismarck, Mo. He united with the United Baptist Church at Pleasant Union near or about the year of 1900 and his membership remained there until death. He is gone but will not be forgotten and we realize that he is not dead, but just beginning to live in eternity with his maker. -A Grand Daughter.

Benjamin F. Wilson

YUMA CO. OBITUARY Thursday, Nov 1, 1934, Wray Gazette BENJ. F. WILSON DIED AT DAUGHTER'S HOUSE NEAR JOES OCTOBER 23 Benjamin Franklin Wilson, living the last three years with his daughter, Mrs. H. D. Neikirk, just north of Joes, died Tuesday evening, October 23, 1934, at 6 o'clock, at the age of 82 years, 17 days. Benjamin Franklin Wilson was born October 6, 1852 at Lesterville, Missouri. His early life was spent at Lesterville and at the age of 21 he united in marriage with Margaret Welch, and then moved to Salem, Missouri, where he farmed until 1899, bring his wife and children to Yuma County, Colorado, in a covered wagon and making their home in the Vernon Community. At the age of 35 he united with the Baptist Church. Mr. Wilson was of a very quiet disposition and was a kind and loving father. He leaves to mourn his going, seven daughters, three sons, twenty-four grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and three brothers. Mrs. Wilson preceded him in death in the fall of 1901 and Ada Shively preceded him in death on September 21, 1912. The living children are Mrs. Fanny H. Shively, Vernon, Colorado; Mrs. Lula B. Duckworth, Salem, Missouri; Mrs. Julie Howard, Heartstrong, Colorado; Mrs. Pollie Neikirk, Hughes, Colorado; Chas. S. Wilson, Ridgeway, Colorado; Mrs. Emma E. Ferguson, Abarr, Colorado; Walter Wilson, Dover, New Hampshire; Mrs. Fern Bashford, Denver, Colorado; and three brothers, William, Jefferson, and Charles Wilson, all of Lesterville, Missouri. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church at Vernon, Rev. E. W. Wlayer officiating, and burial was made in the Vernon Cemetery. The sons-in-law were pallbearers. Basil Wilson, father of B. F. Wilson, was a first cousin to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and the Union soldiers made headquarters on the Wilson farm near Lesterville, Missouri. Mrs. Lincoln made several visits to the Wilson farm. ------------------------------------------------ I am Benjamin Franklin Wilson great-grandaughter; my grandfather Walter F. Wilson is the son mentioned in this obituary. As you can tsee this gives a lot of family history in a very abridged form. I haven't been able to document the claim about being related to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln; perhaps someone else can help me out here? Dianne Jenkins Spitzer 28840 Park Court Madison Heights, MI 48071
Monday 16 Nov. 1936 (Ellington Newspaper) (Robert) Rebert Taylor, well-known citizen of the Riverside Community, died at his home there on Monday night of this week. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon. The deceased was a brother-in-law to E. F.Buffington of this city. Robert Lee Taylor born 10 Aug. 1867 to John R. Taylor and Margaret LaMyra Sutton of Washington Co. Missouri. Elizabeth Abigail Buffington, born 15 Aug. 1876, Webb Twp. Reynolds Co. Mo. married Robert L. Taylor on 3 July 1892, Black River, County of Reynolds, State of Mo. by J.P. for Webb Twp. T. A. Farris
Submitted by: Sydna Taylor Uteg
Please post in the Reynolds County obituary column. Thank you. Jerry Brawley
Raymond Earl Bowen Sr.

Raymond Earl Bowen Sr. passed away June 1, 2000 in Madison Memorial Hospital at the age of 85 years. He was born June 11, 1914 in Oates, Missouri, the son of the late Frank and Laura Asher Bowen. On Dec 24, 1966 he was united in marriage to Martha L. Inman, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Gerald Bowen of Forsyth, Montana, Raymond D. Bowen of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Sandra Jordan of Litchfield, Illinois, and Raymond Earl Jr. of Ironton, Missouri; five stepchildren, Leona McDowell, Valerie Wren, Charles and Jack Allen , all of Ironton, Missouri, and Clifford Allen of Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister, Myrtle McDonald of Granite City, Illinois, 20 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Jean Hobbs, three brothers, Woodrow, Johnnie, and Niten Bowen, and two sisters, Vestie and Ethel Hedgcoth. Raymond was a truck driver for Black River Express and had lived in the Ironton area for many years. Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 4, 2000 at 2:00 PM at the Bryson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carlson Mathes officiating. Interment was in the Asher Cemetery at Oates, Missouri.

Dr. W. C. Patton
From the "Out of the Past" column of the Southeast Missourian Newspaper of Cape Gir. Mo. Dated 22 March '03

March 22, 1928. "Dr. W. C. Patton, 69 prominent physician for 36 years and former mayor of Cape Gir. dies at St Francis Hospital after illness of several weeks. Patton was born in 1858 near Ironton, son of Montgomery and Sara Borland Patton; following his graduation from College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1882, Patton practiced medicine in Ironton, Mo., 10 years; after stay in Calif., he moved to Cape gir. in 1892, and was mayor here from 1907 to 1909; he is survived by his wife, four daughters, a son, two sisters and two brothers."

Submitted by Sharon Sticht

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