Obituaries o-c001, Clark County IL

CANADAY, Charles Richard
born 31 December 1876, died 4 Mar 1955. Funeral service Marcy 7, 1955, burial at Riverside Cemetery.

CANNON, Velda May
born 8 Jan 1929, died 25 Sep 1982.  Funeral services Tuesday, September 28, 1982, burial at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Clark County Herald, May 20, 1874
From Westfield
An infant of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Carothers who live in New Richmond, died last Saturday night. It was but a few day's old and was one of a pair of twin. The remaining one is not expected to live. It is so arranged by an alwise God, that the young as well as the old must be taken from us.

born 8 Sep 1903, died 19 Nov 1993.  Funeral Monday November 22, 1993, burial at Island Grove Cemetery.

Emaline Chambers, daughter of Henderson and Mary Ann Chambers was born in Melrose Township, June 23rd, 1854 and died at the residence of her son, Lawrence Drummond on August 14th, 1932, aged 78 years, one month and twenty two days.
About the year 1871 she was united in marriage to Lewis Hedden and to this union was born one son and one daughter, Rosetta, dying in infancy, and Henderson Hedden died December 15th 1931.
On March 31st, 1878 she was again united in marriage to J. L. Drummond and to this union was born eight children, seven sons and one daughter.  One boy died in infancy, and Arthur died December 10th, 1918.  The husband and five sons and one daughter surviving her are: John of Marshall, Ill., Roy of Lawrenceville, Ill., Howard of Sodus, Mich., Lawrence of West York, Ill., and Roy and Maggie, who reside with their parents.
Mrs. Drummond spent her entire life in Melrose township and some years ago she united with the United Brethern church at Potter's Hall and remained a member of that church until her death.  She also has surviving eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Melrose church with Rev. Jesse Stout officiating.  Burial was in the Medsker Cemetery.

CHRONIC, Flossie Maud
Clark County Herald
June 21, 1900
Died at the home of her mother on Walnut Prairie, June 16, of consumption, Flozza Maud Chronic.
Deceased was a daughter of Frank and Emma Chronic and was born October 10, 1878.  She has been a member of the Christian church for some time and was a quiet, unassuming Christian girl.   She was fond of books but often express herself as loving the bible best of all.
A few hours before her death, she prayed fervently and earnestly, as Christ prayed for his apostles that last night of his life on earth.
The funeral was preached by Elder Boyer of Hutsonville at the church, at the Brick Cemetery, where the remains were intered.   Six of her school mates, three girls and three boys, by her request, will serve as pallbearers.

CLARK, Glenna
born 29 May 1902, died 27 August 1989.

Submitted by Cindy McCachern
1 February 1905
Edward Clapper was born in Stark county, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1833, and departed this life at his home in marshall, Ill, Jan. 28, 1905, aged 71 years, 2 months and 25 days.  He came to Illinois with his family
in March of 1877 and settled in Darwin township on a farm where he contineud to reside until three years ago when failing health compelled him to retire.  He returned to Ohio but was not satisfied
and returned to Marshall only last September.
He was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Lylley Nov. 3, 1854, and was thus permitted to complete a half a century of happy wedded life.  Four children were born to them and three have already preceded their father to the other world.  The only remaining child is Edwin who will be a comfort to the aged mother.
Mr. Clapper enlisted in the service of his country in the war of the Rebellion in February of 1865 in company H, 191st Regiment O. V. I., and served eight months.
Two years ago while in Ohio, he made his peace with his God and united with the Dunkard Church.
He has suffered much for twenty-six years and death was a welcome relief to him.
He leaves his aged companion and one son and many other relatives and friends to mourn his death.
Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church Monday, Jan30, by Rev. W. M. Hailey at 1 o'clock after which the deceased was laid to rest in the Marshall cemetery.

Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Sarah Ann, wife of Elisha Claypool, died Friday night, Dec. 31.  She had been complaining for some time and although she had been under the doctor's care, the case did not become alarming until about two days before her death, when she suddenly grew worse.  She was 62 years of age and, with her husband, had lived on the farm since her marriage in 1966.  Besides her husband she leaves three sons and four daughters, all of whom are married, and a very large circle of relatives and friends.  About 1874 she united with the Christian church and about twelve years ago, she, with her husband, transferred her membership to the Methodist Society at Dolson chapel and remained a member until her death.  The funeral services, which were largely attended were conducted at Dolson chapel, Sunday by Rev. D. H. Munson and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Sarah A. Nicholson was born in Clark county, Illinois, Oct. 19, 1847 and after a brief illness departed this life Dec. 30, 1909, age 62 years, 2 months, 11 days.
She was married to Elisha Claypool April 19, 1866.  To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters, 7 of whom survive her--Mrs. Eliza Clapp, Sperry c., Mrs. Mary Clatfelter, Mrs. Charity Ross, Allen C., Milo C. and Mrs. Belle Garver.  Then also remain to mourn her loss, besides her children and husband, 26 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a host of friends.
Early in life she united with the Christian church, later transferring her membership to the Green Moss M. E. church, of which to the end she continued an active, enthusiastic and devoted worker.  Throughout her Christian life she exemplified the spirit of true Christian love, benevolence and charity.
The funeral was conducted at the Green Moss church by the pastor, Rev. D. H. Munson, and interment in the cemetery adjacent.

CLAYPOOL, Sarah Gladys
born 25 Nov 1906, died 10 Feb 1992.  Funeral Friday, February 14, 1992, burial at Marshall Cemetery.

CLEMENTS, Daniel Henry, Jr.
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Friday, December 26, 1913, Hutsonville (IL) Herald, column 4
Daniel Henry Clements, Jr. was born in Montgomery township, Crawford county, July 24, 1870, and died at his home near West York, December 15, 1913.  His parents died when he was a child, and he spent several years in the west, returning in 1890.  He was married to Ida Estella Wheeler Aug. 29, 1893 and to them were born nine children, five of whom with the mother survive being Gertrude, Fay, Minnie, Emilius, and George.  He is also survived by one brother, Rush Clements.  He united with the Mt. Olive Baptist church Jan. 25, 1891, under the labor of Elder D. H. Clements, and was one of the charter members of the West Union Baptist church, taking an active part in the erection of the new building. He was engaged in business at West Union, but his health failing him he returned to the farm near West York last January.  He had arranged all the details for his funeral, which was conducted at the church in West Union by his pastor, Elder T. J. Wheeler.  Burial was made in the Bradbury cemetery.  Mr. Clements was a member of the Woodmen and Yeoman.  He was an industrious man, a kind father and husband and a good citizen.

COLEMAN, Ralph Coleman
born 1 July 1914, died 18 Mar 1988.  Funeral Monday, March 21, 1988, burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Martinsville, Illinois.

born 21 May 1919, died 2 June 1997.  Funeral
Friday, June 6, 1997, burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Martinsville, Illinois

COONS, Ada Ellen
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Ada Ellen Coons was born to Mr. and Mrs. John M. Coons in Clark County, Illinois, December 16th 1874 and departed this life May 28th, 1930 at Hammond, Ind., aged fifty-six years, five months and twelve days.
April 4, 1897, she was united in marriage to Shelton A. Davis at Clark Center, Illinois.  To this union fourteen children were born, seven sons and seven daughters, two sons, John and Eugene preceded their mother to their heavenly home.
When a young girl she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Methodist Protestant church at Clark Center, Illinois, where she remained a faithful member for many years.  In 1897 she moved her membership to the Christian church at Pleasant Grove and later to the Christian Church at Marshall, Illinois.
Those left to mourn her departure are a husband at Hammond, Indiana, an aged father, John Martin Coons, at Clark Center, Illinois, five sons and seven daughters, Chestre of Hammond, Indiana, Glen of Marshall, Illinois, Mrs.Chas. Oliver of Leroy Illinois, Mrs. Harry Sutton, Jr., of Indiana Harbor, Mrs. Tom Koutsouiapas, and Mrs. Robert Wilson of Marshall, Illinois, Leo, Shelton, James, Mary, Esther, and Loretto at home.  She has five brothers and three sisters living, Will of Toledo, Ohio, Charles of Chicago, Frank of decatur, John, of Indiana and Jake of Terre Haute, Mrs. Ida McNary of Martinsville, Illinois, Mrs. Ben Lowery of Charleston, and Mrs. George Bradley of Clark Center, Illinois.  Besides these she has twelve grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
'Tis so hard to give thee up,
When we've been bound by thy sweet heart.
'This so hard to speak the words,
We must forever part.
Our dear darling we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace,
But our sorrow will be worth it,
When we meet thy heavenly face.
The funeral was held at the Christian church at Marshall with Rev. L. E. Smith officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in the Marshall cemetery.

COONS, Catharine
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Clark County (IL) Democrat, 3 July 1929--Catharine Coons, whose maiden name was Behner, being a daughter of Christian and Dorothea Behner, was born in Clark County, Illinois, July 3, 1848, and died at her home in Yale, Illinois, June 29th, 1929 lacking but four days at the time of her death of being 81 years old.
In her young womanhood, on January 13th, 1868, she was united in marriage with Chesterfield Davis who died January 25th 1896.  To this union were born seven children, five of whom grew to maturity and four of whom are living as follows:  Shelton, John, Riley, and Mrs. Oscar Rader.  One son, Theodore, having died in January 1928.
Later in life, on September 13, 1904, she was united in marriage to J. M. Coons, and has resided in Yale, Ill. since that time.
She leaves her aged husband, four children, nine step-children, a number of grandchildren, and other relatives and many friends.
Early in life, she became a Christian and has been a member of the Church of Christ for more than 45 years having been affiliated with the congregation in Yale for 25 years.
She was loyal to her church, devoted in her home and family, was a good companion, a genial friend and a kind neighbor.  Having lived a good and helpful life here to a ripe old age, God has called her to the more abundant life eternal.
She is done with care and pain.  Sorrow cannot strike again.  God has called her out of strife to a richer, ample life.
Rev. J. C. Coons of Elwood, Indiana, officiated in Yale, and spoke on the subject, "the Dissolving Tabernacle and the Eternal Home."  Rev. E. B. Stiver of Summit, Ill., officiated at Auburn and spone of the subject, "Victory through Grace."

COONS, Clifford
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Terre Haute (IN) Star, 2 October 1921--Marshall, Ill., Oct. 1--The body of Clifford Coons, son of John Martin Coons, who died at Kankakee, Ill. was brought to Marshall today for burial.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of his sister, Mrs. Shelton Davis, in the east part of town at 10 o'clock this morning by the Rev. C. E. Pettit.  Burial was in the city cemetery.  Mr. Coons served in the world war, on the Mexican front and received an honorable discharge for disability.  He is survived by the widow, father, mother, five brothers, and four sisters.

COONS, Clifford B.
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Clifford B. Coons, son of John M. and Amanda Coons, was born May 29, 1892 and died September 28, 1921, age 29 years, 3 months, and 29 days.
He was the youngest of a family of thirteen children--seven boys and six girls, of whom two, one brother and one sister have preceded him in death.
He was united in marriage with Ladonna Clark on August 28, 1920.
In June 1916 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a member of Company B, 4th Illinois Regiment Illinois National Guard and served eight months on the Mexican border, and received an honorable discharge, but was discharged for physical disability, and often expressed sincere regret that he was physically unable to be permitted to participate in the great world war for humanity.
The sun of his life has gone down when he had just crossed the threshold of life and while there still lingered upon his brow the ambition of youth and his heart hope for health, happiness, and success.
We part with our son, brother, and husband with deep sorrow but with sincere trust that God's way is best.
He leaves his young wife, father, five brothers and five sisters, besides many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held at the home of Shelt Davis on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Rev. C. E. Pettit and the American Legion officiated.  Interment was in the Marshall cemetery.

COONS, Jacob A.
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
24 November 1971, Terre Haute (IN) Tribune--Services of Jacob A. Coons, 91, 915 S. 24th Street, who died at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday at his residence, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bedino Peace Chapel with the Rev. Maurice H. LeFevre officiating.  Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery, Clark Center, Ill.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday.  He was a member of the Retired Railroadmen Association and the Golden Age Club.  Surviving are the widow, Marie; two sons, Lester, West Terre Haute, and Loren, Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Hochstetler, Terre Haute, a step-daughter, Mrs. Helen Whitenger, Indianapolis; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

COONS, John A.
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Martinsville, Ill. Sept. 1--John A. Coons, 88 years old, died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Minnie Rolison, R. R. 3, Martinsville.  Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Daisy Nicholson of Paris, Ill. and Mrs. Alzira Hutchings of Moline, Ill., and three sons, Marion and Adam Coons, both of Gary, Ind., and Herman Coons, of Martinsville.  The body was taken to the Marrs Funeral Home in Marshall.

COONS, John Martin
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Clark Co (IL) Democrat, 9 December 1931--John Martin Coons, son of Jacob and Judy Miller Coons, was born in Clark County, Indiana, September 4, 1839 and died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. George R. Bradley, in Auburn, Clark County, Illinois, November 28, 1931, aged 92 years, 1 month and 24 days.
He came with his parents to Clark County, Illinois in 1846.  They entered a tract of land on Dolson Prairie where his parents resided continuously until their deaths which occurred as follows:  His father, Jacob Coons, died October 7, 1881, at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 6 days and his mother Judy Miller Coons, died April 8, 1910, at the age of 90 years, 7 monthes and 12 days.
Here he grew to manhood and on April 14, 1864, was married to Amanda C. Boyer, a childhood friend, whose parents had come from the same community in Indiana where he was born and had also entered a homestead near them.
To this union were born 13 children, seven boys and six girls all of whom he saw grown to maturity and married.  Four however preceeded him in death.
The children living are:  W. S. Coons of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Alice Lowry of Charleston, Illinois; Mrs. Cora E. Bradley of Auburn; Mrs. Ida McNary of Martinsville, Illinois; Frank of Decatur, Illinois; Rev. John C. of Logansport, Indiana; Jacob A. of West Terre Haute, Indiana; and Charles M. of Chicago, Illinois.  He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Duzan of Marshall, Illinois and Mrs. Eliza A. Nicholson of Dolson Township.
Besides a host of other relatives and friends, he also leaves as direct descendants 44 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren.
The companion of his youth died July 13, 1894.
In his earlier mature life, he dwelt for about 20 years in Dolson Township, except 2 years he resided in Edgar County where he engaged in farming and for 15 years and more, taught school in the winter time having received a good education for that day in Westfield College. Some of the school districts where he taught were Green Moss, Blue Grass, Bartmess, Brosman, and Clarksville.
After the death of his father, he fell heir to a farm in Auburn Township and in the spring of 1883 he moved upon it, but two years later or in August 1885, he moved to Auburn where he established what was then called a general store, carrying a stock of groceries, dry goods, boots and shoes, queens ware, hardward, etc, and in connection with the store ran what was called a "Huckster Wagon", going from house to house on a regular route through the country and exchanging groceries, yard goods, exchanging for poultry, eggs, butter, rags, feathers, hides and such other produce as his customers had to offer and which could be converted into cash when taken to the produce houses in Terre Haute.  He was also appointed postmaster of Clark Center, the postal name of Auburn and served in that capacity for several years having the post office in the rear of the store.
He conducted this business in Auburn for about 16 years but unfortunately suffered a heavy loss by fire in the summer of 1900 (not sure of this date).
A few months later however he bought a lot and built a new combination store and residence and re-established himself in business in the location that is now owned and operated by Como Murphy in Auburn.
During this period he was elected and served a term or two as Supervisor of Auburn Township and eight years as Justice of the Peace.
He was again married January 2, 1901, to Rhoda A. Jones of Falmouth who died April 7, 1904.
He was again married September 13, 1904, to Catherine Davis and for almost 25 years they traveled the declining side of life happily together until he
was bereft of her by death May 29, 1929.
On July 1, 1901, he moved to Yale, Jasper Co, Illinois, having previously in the spring or early summer of that year sold his business including the property in Auburn.  He later also sold the farm in Auburn Township and purchased another one adjoining the town of Yale.
Upon his removal here he immediately established himself in business and was continuously engaged in one kind of business or another until about six years before his death when failing eye sight shortly resulting in total blindness compelled him to retire.  He also supervised the cultivation of his farm and continued to do so and to transact all of his own personal and business affairs until the day of his death.
Since the death of his last companion he had made his home with the daughter in Auburn.
During his long life he never had but one sick spell and that was not of very serious nature and his last illness was of less than a week's duration.
The wheels of life stood still and he fell asleep.
In the regular election in 1904, he was elected a Justice of the Peace for Granville township in which Yale is located and continued to be re-elected and served continuously in that office for 24 years.  His sense of common justice was so acute that of the many calls which came before him through all these years only one decision was reversed by a higher court of appeal and that was due chiefly to the introduction of additional evidence.
In these two communities where he had lived so long and served so well in business he was widely known and had many friends and had proven himself to be not only a successful businessman but also a wise and safe counsellor in business matters and always fair, just and reliable in all his business dealings.
As a public official, he acquitted himself with honor and above all suspicion of any misuse or betrayal of the trust imposed in him and also liberal and progressive in questions pertaining to community and public welfare.
As a remarkable circumstances and evidence of his patriotism and interest in public affairs, he believed that every voter ought to exercise his right of franchise and he himself had voted in eighteen presidential elections having first voted for Lincoln in 1860 and having always been able and so situated that he could go to the polls.
As a husband and father he was devoted, kind, loving, thoughtful, a good provider, willing to sacrifice and always interested in the welfare of all the members of his family.
He became a christian early in life and was always a loyal and generous supporter of the church.   First identified with the church at Green Moss.
In January 1894 he identified himslf with the Methodist Protestant Church in Auburn later transferring his membership to the United Brethern Church in yale of which he was still a member and had served in various official positions in both organizations.
Through the loss of his sight was a heavy affliction, he was even cheerful and optimistic and bore it without complaint.
Following the death of a daughter little more than a year ago, in conversation with the writer and some other members of the family he said, "I know that it cannot be very long until I shall be called to go.  But I do not fear it.  I am ready when it comes.  I have no doubt whatever about the final results."  And when a few weeks before his death, he attended church service during which he arose and in what was perhaps his last testimony, he made essentially the same statement.
So his earthly career is ended, and thus he died "full of good works and of faith."  How blessed is that confident hope of immortality.
Funeral services were conducted in the Auburn Church by the Rev. Laren E. Spear with interment in the Green Moss Cemetery beside the grave of the mother of his children and companion of his youth.
"Thou hast come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh in his season."  Job 5:26
By W. S. Coons 1931

Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Mrs. Edith (Handy) Coons was born April 7, 1871 in Marshall, Illinois, where she received her education.
She was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Christopher C. Coons in Marshall on May 30, 1889.  To this union were born nine children, three boys and six girls.  The three youngest children have preceded her in death.
They were as follows, Harold, at the age of 16 months, an infant son, two days old and Alta Marie Harris, at the age of 31.
She united with the Green Moss church during the first few years after her marriage and was ever faithful in keeping her children in Sunday School and church services.
She departed from this life at the age of 63 years, 2 months, and 6 days in Grace Hospital, Detroit, Mich.
She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Christopher C. Coons, a son, I. R. Coons of Cloverdale, Ind., five daughters, Mrs. Grace Creason, of Talihint, Okla., Mrs. Pearl Saazer, and Mrs. Helen Hargrave of detroit, Mich., Mrs. Ernest Isbell and Mrs. Mae Egnew of Terre Haute, Four sisters, Mrs. Margaret McLarath and Mrs. Grace Preston of Fort Morgan, Colo., Mrs. Hattie Boring and Mrs. Katharine Henderson of Robinson, Ill., sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

COONS, Mrs. Hattie A.
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune, 20 Feb 1950--Mrs. Hattie A. Coons, 86 years old, R. R. 1, West Terre Haute, died at 3 o'clock Sunday morning at Union Hospital.  She is survived by the husband, Jacob A.; a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Hochstetler of Terre Haute; two sons, Lester E. Coons of R. R. 1, West Terre Haute, and Loren H. Coons of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Rose Pennell of Terre Haute; a brother, John Pennell of West Terre Haute, and three grandchildren.  The body was taken to the Bedino-Black Chapel of the Valley in West Terre Haute where services will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  Continued services will follow at the Auburn, Ill. Church, with burial in the Auburn Cemetery.  The Rev. C. H. Loveland will officiate.

Submitted by Cindy McCachern
The Marshall Republican, 15 April 1910--Juda Miller was born in Pennsylvania, Aug 27, 1819, and died at her home in Dolson Township, April 8, 1910, at the advanced age of 90 years, 7 months and 12 days.
Early in life she removed with her parents to Clark County, Indiana, where she grew to womanhood and where she was united in marriage to Jacob Coons, Oct 11, 1838.  In 1846 this family came to Illinois and settled on the farm where she died, having resided in the same door yard continuously for 64 years.  They erected at first a frontier log cabin which was displaced three
years later by the substantial frame residence which she occupied at the time of her death.  To them were born seven children, three of whom preceeded her to the spirit world. Mr. Coons died Oct 7, 1881.  The four children living are John M. Coons, of Yale, Illinois, George H. Coons, of Washington, Indiana, Mrs. Mary C. Duzan, of Marshall and Mrs. Eliza A. Nicholson, who had resided with her mother on the old homestead for several years.  The other direct descendants are 27 grandchildren, 81 great grandchildren, and 10 great, great grandchildren.  She also leaves four brothers and one sister, Emanuel and Solomon Miller and Mrs. Sallie Hurst, of Dolson Twp and John and William Miller of Cumberland County and a multitude of other relatives and friends.  She was one of those hardy pioneers and during her life was rarely sick; has always kept her own house and done her own work, the immediate cause of her death being a fracture of
the hip caused by a fall received about six weeks ago.
Aunt Juda, as she was familiarly known, consecrated herself to the service of Christ at an early age, and has been one of his devoted followers all of these years.
She was one of the seven charter members of the Dolson Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church which was then known as Green Moss, and was organized about 1848 at the home of her brother, Emanuel Miller, there being at the time no church building in the neighborhood.  The names of the other original members of this organization were Emanuel Miller and Nancy, his wife, John B. and Barbara Beadle and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Townsend, all of whom have now departed with a ripe Christian experience "to be with Christ which is far better" except Emanuel Miller, who is now in his 93rd year.
She was the last of the original organization, Mr. Miller having some years ago transferred his membership to the Clarksville M.E. Church where he now resides.
It can be said of Juda as was once said of another, "She will be missed for her seat is empty."  The funeral which was very largely attended, was conducted at the old church where she was such a familiar figure and such a faithful attendant.  The sermon was delivered by her pastor, Rev. J. B. Munson from the appropriate text, Matt. 25:21--"Well done, thou good and faithful servant."  It was a glowing tribute to her character and worth as a mother, as a Christian, as a neighbor, as a friend.  Six of her grandsons, viz., Hurley and Joseph Duzan, George and Pearl Nicholson, Frank and Charles Coons, acting as pall bearers, and another grandson, who is a minister, Rev. W. S. Coons, had charge of the last sad rites at the grave, which was a peculiarly fitting tribute to her life and memory. Her earthy career is ended but the sweet influences of her life will never cease nor will she be soon forgotten.

COONS, Orville E.
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
2 January 1947--Orville E. Coons, born 15 October 1874 at Marshall, Illinois; died Monday, 30th of December 1946 in Mena.  Married in 1900 in Daluth, Minnesota.  Buried at the Pine Crest Cemetery in Mena.

COONS, William Sherman
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
William Sherman Coons, son of John Martin and Amanda Catherine (Boyer) Coons was born in Dolson township, Clark County, Illinois, February 25, 1865.  He grew to young manhood in this county, completing his work in the public schools and at the age of eighteen received a license to teach.  After teaching a few terms, he attended normal school at Danville, Indiana, and later at Old Austin College in Effingham, Illinois, where he completed the four year teacher's course and he continued to teach in the school of Clark County until 1904.
He was converted early in life and felt the call to the Gospel Ministry and united with the Green Moss Methodist Episcopal church, but later having come to Clark Center, he transferred his membership to the Methodist Protestant church at that place and while still teaching he pursued a course of study for the ministry and having completed this he was received as a member of the South Illinois Conference,  Methodist Protestant and ordained an Elder in the Fall of 1904, and was assigned to Odin Circuit.  He served this charge successfully until 1907, when he was elected to the presidency of his conference and traveled this district for one year.  In the fall of 1908, his wife having died, he resigned this position and transferred to Indiana Conference and served as a pastor here and one year in Ohio.  In the fall of 1916, he retired from the active minitry and moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he has since resided.
March 22, 1891 he was united in marriage to Mary E. Wiles who died February 23, 1906.  To this union were born five children.  The oldest one, Carrie, died when she was about eighteen months old.  Another, a twin to Lela, died in infancy, and Mary of precious memory, died August 11, 1936.
He was the oldest of a family of thirteen and is survived by three brothers, I. Frank Coons of Decatur, Illinois; Rev. John Coons of Herbat, indiana; and Jacob A. Coons of West Terre Haute, Indiana.  Three sisters, Mrs. Alice Lowry of Charleston, Illinois; Mrs. cora E. Bradley of Clark Center and Mrs. Ida McNary of Martinsville, a daughter, Mrs. Lola Bryan of Toledo, Ohio, a son Kenneth, of Detroit, Michigan, three grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends who will mourn his going.
He was again united in marriage to Susan Bentz who also died March 22, 1929.
Since her death he has remained a widower.
His going at this time was entirely unexpected.  He lay down to sleep as usual in his bed and the Death Angel passed by and he sleeps that "Sleep in Jesus from which none ever wake to weep."  The days of his earthly pilgrimage was 72 years, 5 months and 2 days.  The funeral services were conducted from the Clark Center Methodist Protestant church by the pastor, and old friend, Rev. Elija E. Wesley of Pinkstaff, Illinois, and his body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.  Though death came without warning, he was found watching.  Since youn manhood he had been a Christian and during these latter years, although retired from the Ministry, he was regular in attendance at the place of worship and faithful in his church work.
"How precious to those who love Jesus is the hope of Heaven.  O' how sweet it will be on that beautiful shore.  So free from all sorrow and pain.  With songs on our lips and with harps in our hands, to meet one another again."

COOPER, Dennis D.
born 15 January 1904, died 28 Jan 1984.  Funeral Tuesday, January 31, 1984, burial at Auburn Cemetery.

7 September 1904, Clark County (IL) Herald
Drusilla Richards, daughter of Thos and Mary Richards, was born April 3, 1854, and died Sept. 1, 1904, aged 50 years, 5 months and 27 days.
Being born of  Christian parents, she was naturally of a pious disposition, and at the early age of 11 years was happily converted and united with the church.  No one ever doubted the genuineness of her Christian life, for she lived as near without fault as is possible for mortal man to do.  She lived and died without enemies, the highest compliment that could be said of anyone.  On Dec. 26, 1872, she was united in marriage with Nathaniel Jeffers.  Of this union 5 children were born, 2 dying in childhood.  After living happily together for 17 or 18 years, Mr. Jeffers died.  On Feb. 24, 1892 she was married to Uriah Cooper.  Of this union two children were born.  she was ever an ideal wife, a loving and indulgent mother.  She naturally was of a kind and hopeful disposition, and was like a sunbeam of gladness wherever she went.  She was a constant, though patient sufferer for almost 3 years before her death.  Yet no one ever heard a murmer of complaint escape her lips.  Just as the sun was sinking to rest on Sept. 1st, when the last rays stole in the sick room with a halo of light, her tired spirit with the angels sent for an escort, flew to the sheltering bosom of Him whom she had loved and served so long and well.
She was a member of one of the oldest and most highly respected families in the southern part of Clark county and was the first one of the Richards family to die.
The funeral was held at the Ohio church on Sept. 3, at 2 p.m., Revs. Bailiff and Layton having charge.  The unusually large concourse of people present spoke eloquently of the high esteem in which she was held by all who knew her.  People came from Marshall, Robinson, Martinsville, and many other places to pay their last tribute of respect.  After the impressive serve was over, her body was laid to rest by the side of her first husband.  It is hard alike for an enemy to recognize a virtue or for a friend to see a fault, but all are agreed that her life was beautiful and to know her was to love her.
A father, mother, two brothers, one sister, 5 children and a husband linger to weep.  But through their tears they see a bright "rainbow of hope" which greatly lightens their sorrow.
A Friend.

CORK, John James
Clark County Herald
April 19, 1900
John James Cork was born July 31, 1837, near Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) and died April 7, 1900, at his home, 2 ½ miles North of Livingston.   He came to Illinois with his father’s family in 1864 and married Sarah C. Bowman June 22, 1871.   He resided in this county up until the time of his death.   He leaves a widow and 8 children, four sons and four daughters.   One son and two daughters are married.   He was an invalid for nearly 8 years.

CORNWELL, Betsey Thompson
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Died January 10, 1948
Mrs. Betsey Cornwell, 62 years old, died at her home west of West Union, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  She is survived by the husband, Otto, and four brothers, Nicholas Thompson, Hutsonville; Bird Thompson, Marshall, Ill.; George Thompson, Reynolds, Ind., and Alva Thompson, Martinsville, Ill., R R.
The body will remain at the Prust Funeral Home until service time.
Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Melrose Church with the Rev. Leon Finney officiating.  Burial will be in the Medsker cemetery.

Submitted by Cindy McCachern
Thursday, 23 August 1928, Kansas (IL) Journal--Robert Cornwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Cornwell of Paris, was drowned about five o'clock Sunday afternoon at Ormand Beach, Wis., when he was caught in the undertow as he went to aid Miss Freda Clark, who also drowned.
The deceased was born in Kansas, Jan 4 1890 but moved to Paris when one year old.  He has been employed by the Packard plant in Detroit for the past three years.
He is survived by his parents, one sister, Kate, at home, three brothers, Earl of Chicago, Paul of Detroit and Ralph of Los Angeles, California.
The funeral service was held at the Christian church in Paris at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  Interment was made in the Kansas Fairview cemetery.

CORNWELL, Thompson Rector
Submitted by Cindy McCachern
1 February 1905, Clark Co (IL) Democrat
Thompson Rector Cornwell was born in Licking County, Ohio, May 7, 1842, and departed this life at his home near Melrose, on Jan. 27,1905, aged 63 years, 8 months and 20 days.  He moved with his parents to Illinois in 1849 when only seven years old, settling in Crawford County and in a few years removing to Clark County.
Here he grew to manhood, and when the Civil War opened, he offered his services to his country, continuing thru to the end, and was honorably discharged at the close in 1865, spending fourteen months amid the horrors of Libby Prison.  During the hardships he endured in military duty, he contracted diseases which impaired his health through life.
He was held in high esteem by his fellow citizens having held many responsible positions in the gift of the people, serving one term as treasurer of this county, refusing reelection, he preferring the quiet of home and family to public life.
Jan. 18, 1871, he united in marriage with Miss Sarah E. Reed.  To this union came seven children, Mrs. Otto Stanfield, Otto, Mrs. Zachariah Medsker, Esra, Charles, Raymond and Roscoe, all of whom survive him and will be a comfort to their mother.
Comrade Cornwell's health began to fail about two years ago when he retired from active life to enjoy a well earned rest.  His health continued to decline until his death which occurred last Friday at
2:00 o'clock p.m.
In 1866 he was converted and united with the Church of God, continuing a faithful and exemplary member through life.  He proclaimed his faith in jesus Christ, and said a short time before his death that he had no fears for the future.  Among his dying words were "Jesus, blessed Jesus."
He was upright and honest in all his dealings with his fellowman and was beloved and respected by all his neighbors.
Besides his wife and children, he leaves two brothers and one sister to mourn his death.
The funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. in the Melrose church by Rev. J. A. Beliz in the presence of a large congregation of his old neighbors and friends.  A select choir furnished appropriate music.  The remains were laid to rest in the Melrose cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
A Friend.

COWDEN, William
Submitted by:Doris Condon Baird
William COWDEN  passed away last night at his home in East Pana.
Wm Cowden was born in Licking county, Ohio, May 13, 1824, and died in this city, July 23d, 1902, aged 78 years 2 months and 10 days.  The funeral services will occur Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the home, Rev. M G. Coleman officiating.  The funeral will be under the direction of the Masonic Lodge and Pope Post G A R., internment in Linwood cemetery.
Wm Cowden lived at his birthplace for 15 years, after which he moved with his parents to Knox County, Ohio.  His father died April 8, 1939 and in the fall of the same year, he with his mother moved to
Clark County, Illinois where his mother lived with him until in August, 1862 death took her home.
He was married January 2, 1845 to Miss Catherine Dixon.  To them nine children were born, two of whom are now living.  Mrs. Fanny Downey and Mrs Dory Cowden.  His wife died Nov 23 1883.  He married a second time Aug 26, 1884 to Mrs. Deborah A Stout who survives him.
Mr. Cowden was an active member of the First M.E. church and highly respected by a wide circle of friends, who together with the relatives morn his departure.

Wife of Lester Cox
B: 18 Dec. 1903
D: 15 Oct 1998 
Buried: Cox Cemetery near Annapolis, Crawford Co., Illinois

CRANE, Clarence
Clarence Crane, died age 61 and the funeral was June 4, 1981.  He is survived by wife, Ruth, a daughter Mrs. Lana Richardson, and a son, Lyle Crane, three sisters, Mrs. Florence Looney, Mrs. Hazel Larson, And Mrs. Pauline Tesh. Burial at White Oak Cemetery.

born 28 Dec 1912, died 21 June 1990.  Funeral Monday, June 25, 1990, burial at Bradbury Cemetery.

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