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 Welcome to IKK's Obits page.  Due to space limitations we can no longer post actual obits on this page, but members can submit obituary information (names, dates, location) from their collections.  We can then post this information on the Obits on File page along with the submitter's name and e-mail address.  Other members can then contact the submitter(s) directly for copies of any obits they may want.  Send the information to me at for inclusion on the Obits on File page.

Funeral Held Sunday-The funeral service for MR. HENSLEY was held Sunday at 2:00 p. m. A short service was held at the home by Rev. Glen Sharp, pastor of the Mason M. E. Church, after which the funeral ortege went to the church in Mason, where Rev. Sharp delivered the discourse, taking his text from Phil. 1:21. Attorney Geo. I. Danks, of Edgewood, read the above spendidly written life sketch, before the sermon, and following the sermon Neighbor C. E. Mesnard gave the ritualistic burial ceremony of the Modern Woodsmen of America. This was given in the church instead of at the cemetery, as is the usual custom, in order to avoid exposure of the family and friends in the open air. The choir sang, “Does Jesus Care,?“When They Ring The Golden Bells?and “Sometime We’ll Understand,?with Mrs. Maggie Leith presiding at the piano.The flower bearers were the six little grandchildren of the deceased, assisted by several women. The pall bearers, members of the M. W. A. were: Clifford Parks, Harry Dean Cornwell, Randall Martin, Victor Robertson, Clare Ruffner and Charles Kincaid. Interment followed in the Mason cemetery. As stated in the sketch, Mr. Hensley was supervisor of his township and his associates showed their respect by their presence at the funeral.  Every member of the board, including the chairman, F.M. Michaelree, were present at the funeral. They also sent two beautiful floral pieces. The crowd at the church was very large, filling the church and balcony and many were standing. There were also a large number of people standing on the outside.  Thus, Effingham county has lost another good citizen and an honest,  consciencious man...Submitted by Melody 

Funeral services for MR. J.S. HENSLEY were conducted at the M. E. Church Easter Sunday at 2 o’clock p. m. The sextet, Mesdames Lula Rush, Edna Mills, Miss Alice Paugh, Mrs. John Woody and Mr. Frank Ralph Mills, sang “Does Jesus Care,?“Golden Bells,?“Some Day We’ll Understand,?with Mrs. Maggie Leith piano accompanist. Scripture reading and prayer by Rev. Sharp. Reading of obituary, by the Hon. G. I. Danks, of Edgewood. An interesting and sympathetic sermon by Rev. Sharp. Haven Burk, funeral director. A house filled to capacity-a large crowd waited outside-said to be the largest funeral ever held in Mason. The pall-bearers were members of the Woodsman Order-Chas. Kincaid, Clifford Parks, Clair Ruffner, Victor Robinson, Harry Dean Cornwell and Delbert Martin.  An unusual and pleasing arrangement of the abundance of flowers leading in the procession was the tiny grandson, Urbin Burk, followed by his sister, Lenora, of Chicago, Lovina (hand corrected Laverna) Philips, Joi (y)ce and Floyd Ready, of Mason, assisted by the Class of Loyal Workers of the M. E. S. S. Interment in Mason Cemetery.  The closing ceremonies were conducted by the Order of Woodsmen. The charge being read clearly and concisely by Mr. Chas. Mesnard. As a strong north-west wind rendered an outdoor service uncomfortable, the entire program was carried out within the church.  Relatives from a distance attending the funeral: Arlin Woody, of Effingham; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Foster, Mrs. Mabel Baily, Mr. Edwin Renfro, all of Sullivan; Mrs. Henry Klyson and Mr. Charlie Renfro, of Shumway; Mr. and Mrs. John Hensley and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Rainey of Greenville; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hensely and son, Clyde of McLeansboro; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Field, Mrs. Emma Lane, Mrs. Ella Kanz, and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Colburn of Effingham; Mr. John Mills and son Clyde of Diedrich; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Woods and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Woody and family, and Mr. Frank Mills, all of Eberle, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Scott and son and Mr. T.C. Woody, of Watson; Mr. and Mrs. Burl Hooten and family of Gays, and Mr. Orville Hooten and two sons, Springfield......Submitted by Melody

MATTIE MAY HENSLEY was born May 5, 1873, in Effingham Co., she departed this life April 18th 1909. She was united in marriage to Charles Rentfrow Nov. 30,1890, to them were born eight children, Mabel, Bertha, Hattie, Edwin, Oscar, Flossie and Dorothy; an infant daughter preceded her. She was of an affectionate disposition, bright and winning in her ways, so that friendship's circle was to her a large one indeed., it may be said of her, that "none knew her but to love her." Mrs. Rentfrow's sickness was of but brief duration, less than a week. Seemingly with us today active in life's round of duty and love, but gone tomorrow.She leaves a husband, seven children, a father, two brothers, and two sisters besides a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was converted over twenty years ago and joined the Southern Methodist Church, of which such Church she remained a member until her death. (Note: Mattie Mae Hensley Rentfrow died of childbed fever after the birth of Dorothy.).....Submitted by Melody 

ELIZABETH HENSLEY, wife of William Hensley, was born December 3, 1842, and departed this life September 24, 1906, aged 63 years, 9 months and 21 days. Her first marriage was to James Doyle and to them were born four children, all of whom are living. Her second marriage was to Wm. Hensley. To this union were born two children, both living. She was a loving mother, always trying to make all happy. In her home she never tired of doing good for all, and to make home a place of joy and comfort to all who came to see and to rest with her. She was a dear and loving wife, loving her husband as only a true wife can love. She always made him the object of her care and love, trying to satisfy every wish that she knew was his. Her home was a pleasant place as far as she could make it, and best of all she was a christian. She told the writer of this that she was ready to go to that bright world of the blessed, there to live and enjoy the comfort and rest forever. Oh, that the dear husband and children will so live that they can be sure of meeting her in that land. The funderal was held at Ebeneezer church, conducted by E.E. Sherwood, of the M. E. South. His text was Numbers 23, and part of  the 10th verse:"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like His." There was a large number of neighbors and friends to say good-bye to her sleeping form......Submitted by Melody

WILLIAM HENSLEY was born in Hickman County Tennessee, July 5th 1848 and departed this life after a lingering illness April 13, 1934, being 85 years 9 months and 8 days of age. He was the oldest son of John F. and Ella Hensley. At the age of sixteen he came to Illinois with his parents and settled in Summit township, where he has since resided. He was united in marriage to Mary Carroll, Aug. 29, 1869, who passed away April 21st, 1879. To this union were born five children, four of whom preceeded him to the great beyond. One daughter Mrs. Hattie Hooten of Paxton survives.  May 5th 1881 he was married to Elizabeth Doyle who passed away on Sept. 24th 1906. To this union were born two children, Walter of Summit township and Ella of Central Point, Oregon. March 19th 1908 he was married to Lola L. Langford who so patiently has cared for him during his long illness.  He also leaves the following stepchildren: T.D. Doyle of Williamsville, Ill., Mary Britton of Springfield, Ill., Vesta Beeks of Harrison, N.Y., Cleda Tarrant Of Summit township, and Mamie Lenon of Alexandria, Ind. He also leaves two brothers, John, of Greenville and Eli of Keyesport, Ill., twenty four grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss. In 1923 he united with the M. E. church at Ebenezer where he worshipped until his health failed and then he became a daily reader of the Bible until his eyesight failed him and during his illness he has often expressed his desire to meet his savior. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock by the pastor, Rev. R.V. Henry and burial followed in the Rentfro cemetery. Pall bearers were grandsons as follows: Orville Hooten, Paul Hager, Guy Phillips, Burl Hooten, Oscar Rentfro and Everett Hensley. Flower girls were grand-daughters as follows: Dorothy Klepzig, Flossie Briscoe, Bessie Ready, Nellie Phillips, Laura Sparks and Vesta Hensley.....Submitted by Melody
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