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NEECE, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: NEECE, Jesse Hopwood
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Obituary: Jesse Hopwood NEECE,
seventh son, one of the thirteen children, descendants of Robert and
Peninah NEECE, was born near Carrollton, Greene county,
January 25, 1839, and died at his home in Waverly, Illinois, April 24,
1907, aged 68 years, 2 months and 29 days. At the age of eighteen he
with his widowed mother to the vicinity of Waverly. Sept. 18, 1860, he
was united in marriage to Julia E. TALKINGTON, who died Aug.
1896. To this union were born two children - Willie Emery, who died at
the age of twelve, and Minnie Aletha, who survives him, and who nursed
him with such tender love and devotion. We can only commend her to the
God whom she loves. Of his brothers and sister, three are still living:
Mrs. Elizabeth JONES of Alsae, Oregon; M. C. NEECE of
Ill., and Mrs. Jane SELF of Hamilton, Ill.
He joined the Apple Creek Baptist church about
thirty-five years ago
moved his membership to the Waverly Baptist church twenty-three years
A faithful and consistent member of his much-beloved church, each year
of his life has witnessed an increased and renewed devotion to the work
of upbuilding this society.
He was one of the oldest members of Waverly Lodge A. F.
and A. M., No.
118; also a member of Waverly Chapter No. 320, Order Eastern Star, and
a member of the Traders' Live Stock Exchange of East St. Louis, Ill.
with a genial and hospitable nature, his home has been the visiting
of a large and ever-widening circle of friends, who will feel keenly
death of their neighbor and friend.
This short sketch of the life of the deceased would be
mention of one of the idols of his home, Mrs. Jesse BRIAN of
Tex., who was a member of his family from early childhood until her
Funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:30
p.m. Friday, by
Rev. G. W. CLAXON, pastor of the Baptist church. During the
a select choir, composed of Miss Alberta COURTNEY, Mrs. J. H.
SHUTT, and Messrs. C. F.WEMPLE and Wayne CARTER,
the following appropriate selections: “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” “Come
Unto Me.” “Rock of Ages,” and :Some Time We'll Understand.” Interment
East cemetery followed, where the impressive burial service of
Masonic order was rendered at the grave. As the casket was lowered into
the grave the choir sang, “We are Going Down the Valley.”
The pall bearers were: Dr. W. H. ALLYN, A. C.
W. LOWE, J. C. DEATHERAGE, W. H. GRAVES and Wm.
The services at both the home and the grave were
attended by a
concourse of our citizens and many relatives and friends from a
The following persons from out of the city attended the
funeral: O. W.
MORROW, Mrs. Jas. BRADWAY, Virden; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. TALKINGTON,
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. CURRY, of Pisgah; John JONES,
Roodhouse; Allan RANGE, Lafayette SMITH and Wm. WEATHERFORD,
Miss Maggie MCELVAINE, of Auburn; Henry HORTON,
East St. Louis; Mr. Nathaniel DRESSER, of Greenville; Mr. and
Mrs. Fred BAUMBERGER and Mr. Allan PARMENTER, of Reno;
H. E. ENSLEY and Miss Margaret COFFEY, of Springfield;
Bessie NEECE, of Taylorville; Wm. COVERDALE, Sr., and
COVERDALE, Jr., of Girard; George G. HUFFAKER of New
Mr. and Mrs. L. J. BRIAN of Tolar, Texas.
Ada J. NEWBERRY (HART), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: NEWBERRY, Ada J. (HART)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: March
Obituary: Ada J. HART,
of Mr. and Mrs. Alex. HART of this city, was born in Virden Feb.
The days of her childhood and youth were spent within a
few miles of
When she was 19 years of age her parents moved to this city where they
now reside. On Oct. 27, 1898, at the age of twenty-seven years she was
married to Mr. W. O. NEWBERRY, and together they lived in their
cozy home in this city with the prospect of a long and happy life
them. God, however, had not so planned it. Our ways are not always His
ways. In the midst of the life we are in death in a day when we think
death comes. Death came to this home. He entered it as he does most
- uninvited, unannounced, unexpected and aimed his arrow with unerring
precision and when his bow was bent his victim fell - a soul entered
- and the beloved Mrs. NEWBERRRY, wife, mother, child, sister
friend, left her newly acquired earthly home to take possession of her
better one which fadeth not away, - “a building from God, a house not
with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Her husband, infant daughter,
mother, six brothers, three sisters, and numerous friends mourn because
of this separation. But we are not here to mourn her death: she is “not
dead, but sleepeth.” Let us rather rejoice in the hope of immortality
blessedness - in the Saviors declaration: “He that liveth in Me shall
die: and though he were dead yet shall he live again.”
The date of her conversion is unknown; but in February,
1890, she was
and received into the Baptist church of this city of which she
a faithful member until her death. In all the departments of church
she was always active; a faithful attendant to all services when
an enthusiastic member of the B. Y. P. U., and a leader of the primary
department of the Sunday school until last December, when ill health
her to withdraw from active work. She was ready to go, triumphant in
Savior's grace. Her last moments on earth were peaceful beyond the
of one who did not witness them. Again and again she asked her loved
not to weep for her, and fully satisfied she entered into “that rest
for the people of God.” Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; that
they may rest from their labors.”
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