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Belleville (IL) News-Democrat Nov 19, 1981
EMMA ALEXANDER,nee Monroe, 88, of O’Fallon (IL), died Tuesday, Nov 17, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.She was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ, Women’s Guild, Senior Citizens and Pocahontas Lodge, all in O’Fallon. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Alexander, who died in 1962. She is survived by two sons, James Alexander of Mascoutah and George E. Alexander of Orlando, FL; five daughter, Catherine Lawrence of Indianapolis, IN, Wilma Mueller and Mrs. Joseph (Gertrude) Obernuefermann, both of O’Fallon, Mrs. John (Virginia) Aramowicz of Hawaii and Mrs. Louis (Jane) Benedetto of Lombard, IL; a brother, Christian Monroe of Belleville; 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov 21, from the O’Fallon United Church of Christ. Burial in College Hills Cemetery in Lebanon. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday, Nov 20 at the Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon. A Senior Citizens service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday and a Women’s Guild service will held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.....Submitted by Charlotte Knapp

Mattoon Journal Gazette, Dec. 14, 2001,Mattoon, Il.
, 78, of Mattoon, Illinois died at 7:26 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincold Health Center in Coles County, IL. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday Dec. 15, 2001 at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, in Neoga, with the Rev. Steve Shepherd officiating. Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery with V.F.W. Post 4325 of Mattoon officiating.  Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. today (Friday) at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home. He was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Coles County, IL, a son of Walter F. and Erna Jane (Montz) Wright. He married Louise F. Tillman on June 5, 1943, in Columbia, South Carolina. Survivors include his wife, Louise Wright of Mattoon, IL.; a son, Leonard Wright and wife Shirley of Mattoon; a brother, Hollis Wright of Buda, IL; three sisters, Mrs. Nora Lindley of Neoga, Mrs. Donald (Patricia) Beals of rural Neoga and Miss Shirley Wright of Neoga; grandchildren, DeAnn Schoenaman, Debbie Williams, Jason Wright and Richie Smyser; 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Mr Wright was a retired electrician from the General Electric Company of Mattoon.  He was an Army veteran of Wrold War II and prisoner of war. He was a member of the Mattoon Christian Church, Eagles Club, American Legion Post and V.F.W. Post 4325 all of Mattoon, IL. Memorial may be made to Mattoon Christian Church in Mattoon....submitted by: DeAnn 

Galesburg Evening-Mail December 2, 1902,Knox Co., Illinois
who lived alone in the country about five miles northeast of here, met an awful death on Sunday evening, being burned to death in the barn on the place where he lived. His remains were brought to W. C. Hall's undertaking rooms Monday morning, where an inquest was held. The cause of the fire is not known to a certainty, but is supposed to have been set afire by himself, as a note was found in the house stating the circumstances he was in and what to do with his property. Mr. Cortelyou of this place was the first one to find him, as he was going to his farm near there and stopped to examine the remains. Further search discovered his watch and some money. Help was called in and the body was brought to this city...Submitted by Phyllis Long

Abingdon, Knox, Illinois,The Daily Register, Page 1, Wednesday,  February 15, 1905
MRS. W. M. LATIMER Mother of Captain Latimer Passes Away, For Years a Resident of Abingdon. Word was received this morning by Captain F. W. Latimer of this city that his mother had passed peacefully away at 6 o'clock Tuesday evening at Northfield, Minn.  The cause of the death was a gradual decline after an illness contracted twenty-five years ago and from which she had been a sufferer ever since, being unable to walk without assistance. Mrs. Latimer was born in Binghamton, N.Y., in 1835, and would have been 70 years of age had she lived until the 22nd of February. Her name was Mary E. Humiston, and her early childhood and womanhood was spent on the home place four miles north of Abingdon, where her parents settled when coming to this country in 1844.  Here she married in 1855 to William M. Latimer, who died in 1872. Before her marriage Mrs. Latimer was enrolled in the classes of Knox college, but was unable to complete her course. Since the death of her husband she has resided with her children, for the last three years being with Mrs. Gray of Northfield, Minn.   She united with the Methodist church of Abingdon when a young woman and has never severed the allegiance of her early years. She is  survived of her immediate family be a single sister, Mrs. Helen Little, of Chicago, mother of the famous war correspondent and press man, Richard Little, of the same city, and three children, James W. Latimer, of Chicago, Mrs. Mary E. Gray of Northfield, Minn., and Captain F. W. Latimer of this city. The funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Emily Chesney of Abingdon, an aunt of the children. The time will be 3 o'clock on Thursday. Interment will be in Cherry Grove Cemetery.....Submitted by Phyllis Long

The St. Louis Christian Advocate, April 4, 1894
On the 22nd day of February, 1894 there suddenly passed away one of the pioneers of the Illinois Conference.
REV. J.F. HENSLEY, who was born in Hickman County, Tenn., Dec. 8, 1825; was married to Miss Eleanor Rentfrow Jan. 1, 1845; came to Illinois and settled in Effingham County in March 1865; he professed religion and joined the M.E. Church, South, in early life in Tennessee and was one of the first to join in the organization of the M.E. Church, South in Illinois. He joined the church at Wright's School House in September, 1865; was soon after licensed to preach, and joined the conference, which meant little else than privation, trial and prosecution that he then preach a pure and unadulterated gospel; but he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible; going to the hardest circuits or missions without murmur or complaint, and although poor and at times hard pressed, he never grew despondent. His faith was strong and abiding. It was not his privilege to die at home surrounded by family and friends, for while conducting a protracted meeting at Shiloh, on the Xenia Circuit, he went to Flora in a wagon with Brother John Koons and on arriving in town the horses took fright, ran away and threw him out of the wagon and so hurt him that he died in a short time and before any of his family could reach him. He was a consistent, every-day Christian, and as a good life is the best index to the future we are confident that he now rests from his labors while his works do follow him, for many will rise up at the last day and call him blessed who were converted through his instrumentality. Brother Hensley was a good preacher, a kind and devoted husband, and affectionate father and a good man in every sense of the word. He served his generation well and is reaping the reward of the good. Funeral services were held in the M.E. Church at Xenia on Saturday and also at Ebenezer in Effingham County, where the body was taken for internment. At both places the crowded houses told of the respect in which he was held. And loving hands laid him down to rest until the Master's voice shall call him forth to sing the Master's song, where there shall no more death. He leaves a widow, four sons and three daughters, all grown, to mourn their loss. May they
also live as to form
an unbroken family in Heaven.
written by J.W. Wescott ..submitted by Melody  

ROSCOE MYERS, 86, of Thayer died Tuesday at Virden Care Center. He was born Feb. 27, 1901, in Illiopolis,the son of James, and Mary Cook Myers Wright. He was a veteran of World War II. Mr Myers was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Farrow Myers. Surviving are two daughters,Clara Myers Hupp of Thayer and Mary Myers Roberts of Springfield; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Berry Funeral Home,Virden,is in charge of arrangements....submitted by: Mary Harkness


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