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Obituary of Joseph Trimble WHITE, published in December 1904.   

 Joseph White, one of Lawrenceville's most highly respected citizens, died at the family home in this city Thursday morning at 8:15 o'clock. He had been in failing health for several months and his death had been expected by his family. Chronic catarrh of the stomach with other complications was the cause of his death. The deceased had been a resident of this city for nearly sixty years, coming here when a small boy. He was a wagon maker by trade and until his health failed him he worked at the shop. Uncle Joe, as he was familiarly called, counted everybody his friend. He was strictly honest and conscientious, always ready to do a favor or kindness to all.    Funeral services were held at the home Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock. Rev. L. W. Porter, assisted by Rev. L. W. Stine, officiated. Internment was made in the city cemetery.    The following obituary was read:    Joseph Trimble White was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, May 6th 1838; died Dec. 15th 1904; age 69 years, 7 months, 9 days. Deceased came to Illinois with his father's family when about nine years of age, where he has resided the greater portion of the time since. He converted in the M. E. church about 35 years ago and while he has not been a devout Christian since then, he has always led an upright and honest life, being a kind and loving father, a faithful husband and a friend to all. Before the end came he signified that he was resigned to God's will and that all was well with him.    He was first united in Marriage to Miss Clarissa Powers, who passed to the great beyond in 1878. He was married for the second time to Miss Mary Benefiel, who lived about two years after their marriage. In 1881 he married to Miss Ella Andrews, who survives him. Besides his wife he leaves two sons, and one daughter -- Thomas, of Clay City, Claude and Myrtle of this city -- two brothers, Silas, of Birds, Ben of Missouri, and one sister, Mrs. Sadie Foster, of Vencennes. (Submitted by Gerald Powers White II)

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Obituary of Susan CALDWELL (nee WEBBER), published in 1926 in a Lawrence Co. paper.
   Susan Caldwell, nee Weber, [Should have been Susan Webber, nee Caldwell] was born near Columbus Ohio, May 10, 1839; died in Maroa, Ill, February 17. 1926, aged 86 yrs. 9 months and 7 days. She was married to James Web[b]er May 13, 1858 and to this union were born three children, one son, C. A. Web[b]er of Golden Colorado and one daughter Susan A. Laws of Maroa Ill., survive her, one daughter Gertrude E. Cunningham of Sumner, who preceded her in death.
   Four granddaughters survive her: Viola Jones of Trinadad, Colorado, Zella May and Mary E. Web[b]er of Golden Colorado, also Susie Stoltz of Sumner; one granddaughter, Nella May Con[n]our of Bement Ill. having preceded her in death, and seven grandsons James Cunningham of Needles California; Roy and Charles Web[b]er of Trindad, Colorado; Marvin Web[b]er of Golden, Colorado, and James and Otho Laws of Maroa, Ill. and Osso Laws of Pierson, Ill. Mother Web[b]er had twenty great grandchildren and one great great grandson, Herbert D. Ross of Lawrenceville, Ill., who with a host of sympathizing friends mourn her departure.
   The deceased was a lifelong Christian having been converted when a child and united with the M. E. Church at Beulah, later moving to Sumner. She united with the United Brethren church here, being one of the charter members of the Sumner class. Mother Web[b]er was a faithful Chrisitian, a devoted mother, a kind and loving friend. Nothing more could be said of her character and life than is stated in her last testimony taken from II Timothy 4:6-8: "I am now ready to be offered, the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the Righteous Judge shall give me at that day." This scripture was used as the text for the funeral sermon at the request of Mother Web[b]er. (Submitted by Carlene Laws Morgan. All changes in [brackets] were made by the submitter.)

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Obituary of Mabel (BRUCE) DALE AUSTIN

Spouse: Wilburn Dale (deceased)
Parents: Thomas Clyde Bruce and Laura Bruce (nee Philhour) (deceased)
Date of Birth: 6 August 1908
Age: 94
City and County of Birth: Norris City, Lee County
Date of Death: Sunday, 6 October 2002
City and County of Death: Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, White County
Place of Interment: I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Norris City
Date of Newspaper: 7 October 2002
Name of Newspaper: The Carmi Times, http://www.carmitimes.com

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Illinois Obits State Project.)

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Obituary of Etta (LINDSAY) PINKSTAFF MARTIN

Spouses: Otto Pinkstaff (died 1944) and J. O. Martin (died 1959)
Parents: Nathaniel and Mary Lindsay
Date of Birth: 14 Oct 1893
Age: 85
County of Birth: Crawford
Date of Death: Saturday, 22 Sep 1979
City and County of Death: Lawrenceville, Lawrence County
Place of Interment: (body donated for scientific research)
Date of Newspaper: 24 Sep 1979
Name of Newspaper: The Lawrenceville Daily Record

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Robert Gerhart.)

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Obituary of Lulu Orene (LINDSAY) CHILDRESS

Spouse: Paul Eugene Childress (died 27 Dec 1968)
Parents: Nathaniel and Mary (Nuttall) Lindsay
Date of Birth: 8 Feb 1902
Age: 86
County of Birth: Crawford
Date of Death: Tuesday, 29 Mar 1988
City and County of Death: Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, MI
Place of Interment: Lawrenceville Cemetery, Lawrenceville, IL
Date of Newspaper: 7 Apr 1988
Name of Newspaper: Unknown

Additional Information:

Funeral held Friday, 1 Apr 1988 at Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers, MI.

(Submitted by Robert Gerhart.)

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Obituary of Nellie (LINDSAY) LEACH BIESECKER

Spouses: Gard Leach and James Biesecker (both deceased)
Parents: Nathaniel Lindsay and Mary Nuttall
Date of Birth: 20 Feb 1898
Age: 85
County of Birth: Crawford
Date of Death: Tuesday, 11 Oct 1983
City and County of Death: Bement, Piatt County
Place of Interment: not mentioned
Date of Newspaper: 13 Nov 1983
Name of Newspaper: Unknown

Additional Information:

Survivors: Two sons (Urbana, IL; Huntsville, AL), seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three sisters (Lawrenceville, IL; Vincennes, IN; Three Rivers, MI).

(Submitted by Robert Gerhart.)

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Obituary of Dolly Alene (LINDSAY) GERHART

Spouses: Charles I. Gerhart (died 1986)
Parents: Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth (Nuttall) Lindsay
Date of Birth: 9 Jan 1900
Age: 88
County of Birth: Crawford


Date of Death: Tuesday, 10 May 1988
City and County of Death: Lawrenceville, Lawrence
Place of Internment: Lawrenceville Cemetery, Lawrenceville, IL
Date of Newspaper: 18 May 1988
Name of Newspaper: The Lawrenceville Daily Record

Additional Information:

Funeral held 14 May 1988 at Nichols-Smith Funeral Home.

(Submitted by Robert Gerhart.)

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Obituary of William Powell WORSTELL, published in Thursday, 26 May 1904 issue of the Sumner Press.

   W.P. [William Powell] Worstell was born in Brown County, Ohio, June 9, 1838; departed this life May 19, 1904; age 66 years 11 months and 11 days. He with his parents moved to Lawrence county, Illinois in October 1841, in which county he spent the rest of his life. He was united in marriage to Mary J. Neel [Neal] of Richland County, January 15, 1861. To this union were born 9 children: 5 sons and 4 daughters; of whom 6 surive him. Brother Worstell was converted in the Brian School House in the fall of 1861. He with his wife, there united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of which he has been a consistent Christian member. He leaves an aged comapnion, 5 sons and 2 daughter and a host of grandchildren and friends to mourn their loss. But we mourn not as those who have no hope, for in Christ we all shall be made alive and at His second coming we shall appear with Him in Glory.
   Funeral services were held at the home of the deceased by his pastory, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Sumner Cemetery. [NOTE that the obituary first says he is survived by 6 children but later says survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters] (Submitted by Linda Worstell. All notes in [brackets] made by the submitter.)

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Obituary of Joy O'DELL, published in 5 Mar 1959 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).

Mrs. Joy O'Dell Dies at Barnes Hospital
   Mrs. Joy O'Dell, 69, of West Salem passed away Sunday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
   She is survived by her husband, Clifford; 3 sons, Herschel of Los Angeles, California; Stanley of Calhoun and Kenneth of West Salem; six sisters, Mrs. Bertha Leisty and Mrs. Lilly Leisty both of Bridgeport; Mrs. Flossie Worstell of Olney; Mrs. Blanche Barekman of Bloomington; Mrs. Inez Cullison of Lawrenceville and Mrs. Myrtle Scranton of West Salem.
   Services were held at 1:30 pm Tuesday at the King Funeral Home in West Salem,with burial in the Sumner Cemetery. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. All notes in [brackets] made by the submitter.)

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Obituary of William FRAVEL, published in 10 Mar 1955 issue of the St. Francisville Times.

William Fravel Dies in Abilene, Texas
   William Fravel, 73, a retired service station operator who formerly operated a station here died Friday at the home of his daughter in Abilene, Texas.
   He was a native of Brown County, Indiana.
   Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Ross Buchanan of Abilene, Texas and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Meth of Indiana. There are 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. (Submitted by Linda Worstell. All notes in [brackets] made by the submitter.)

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