White County Obituaries

Elizabeth Prudence Brown (Duncan) was born in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina, Jan. 26, 1833, came to Crawford County, Illinois, in 1852, was married to John A. Duncan April 23, 1857.  She united with the Associate Reform Presbyterian church at the age of 18, after moving to Crawford county united with the Old Seceders, moved to White county 1868.   She then became identified with the United Presbyterian church at this place.  She has always lived from the time of her exposure to Christ a consistent and devoted child of God until her death, which occurred April 4, at 5:30 o’clock a. m., 1904.  She leaves a husband and three children, two sons and one daughter, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one sister and many kin and friends to mourn her departure, three children having preceded her to the Heavenly land where sickness never comes and loved ones part no more.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. Manley at the West Union church, after which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts
[Endnote:  This is the wife of John A. Duncan, Sr.]


The death of John A. Duncan, Jr., who had been seriously ill for several weeks, occurred at his home near Brownsville last Friday night at 8 o’clock.

He was an exemplary citizen and one of the leading farmers in that community.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Duncan, Sr., who have lived to see him cut down while in vigorous manhood.  He also leaves a wife, the sister of Harvey and Robert Crozier, of this city, four children, two brothers, and one sister, Mrs. Alfred Hadden, of Carmi.

The deceased was a member of the United Presbyterian church at West Union, and the funeral and burial occurred at that place last Sunday.  The services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. D. McClung.  He was also a member of the Modern Woodman of America.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts


Funeral for Mrs. Icy Duncan, who died at Matteson, Ill., Held at West Union Last Thursday.

As the cycles of time go by we are made to realize more and more the uncertainty of Life and the certainty of Death; as our friends and loved ones are called to the Great Beyond.  Icy Crozier Duncan was born July 12, 1867, and departed this life January 20, 1930, aged sixty-two years, five months and twenty days, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Smith, at Matteson, Illinois.  Death did not come unexpected or find her unprepared.

She was united in marriage to John Duncan, April 6, 1891.  To this union were born five children, Mrs. Howard Smith, of Matteston, Ill., Mrs. Charles Christ, of Cabery, Ill., Ralph, of Kankakee, Joe, of Brownsville and one child and her husband having preceded her in death.  Besides the above named children she leaves three brothers, Harvey H. Crozier, of Carmi, Houston and Montgomery, and one sister, Mrs. Charlie Boyd, all of Brownsville.  One brother, Robert, and one sister, Mrs. George Brockett, having gone on before.

Early in life she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and united with the church at West Union, holding fast her faith until she was to the church triumphant.  She was a loyal friend, a good neighbor, a fond and devoted mother.  Her going leaves sadness and loneliness down here but yonder on the eternal hills of Heaven, in the beautiful city of God, there is gladness and welcome.

Funeral services were conducted at West Union church last Thursday afternoon, by Rev. Morse, of Enfield.  W. R. Archer directed the funeral.

Pall bearers were Fred Crozier, John Silliman, Raymond Duncan, Robert Duncan, Frank Barnes, and J. Quillman.  The flowers were in charge of Miss Lucy Jane Crozier, Mrs. Fred Crozier, Mrs. Frank Barnes, Mrs. Jimmie Quillman, Mrs. John Silliman, Mrs. Glenard Lee and Miss Ruby Lee.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

Dies After Illness of Several Weeks.

Mrs. Caroline DeBell died at her home in Grayville (White County), Ills. on March 17, 1925, after an illness of several weeks. Death was caused by acute nephritis. She was aged 67 years old. Her maiden name was Carolin McLaughlin. She was the daughter of Edward and Susan McLaughlin, and was born in Posey county, Ind., October 6, 1857. She was married to Louis DeBell of Wabash county, Ills. in October
1878. three sons were born to them, one, Claudie, dying at the age of 28 years.

Surviving are two sons, Herman L. DeBell, Kansas City, Mo., Louis D. DeBell, Garden City, Kans. Besides these sons there survive, eight grandchildren; one brother, Mr. Albert McLaughlin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and one sister, Mrs. Virginia Puntney of Grayville, Ills., with whom in recent years she had been living. She had served for many years as a nurse in Grayville and vicinity. Mrs. DeBell was converted and joined the Christian church under the ministry of Rev. Mr. Bulkley, when a girl of 14 years. She transferred her membership from the Christian church to the Methodist Episcopal in 1896.

Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist
church, conducted by Rev. W.D. Sharpe of West Frankfort, Ill., a former
pastor, and Rev. H.W. Smoot, of this city..

Submitted by Sue Webb Bodishbaugh EMAIL: [email protected]

Obituaries - Carmi Paper 30 Aug 1993

Clifford Driggers, Herald

Clifford Driggers, 86, Herald, died at 10:37 a.m., Sunday, Aug 29, 1993 at White County Hospital in Carmi. He was born Feb 9 1908 in Phillips Twp., the son of Elmer and Kathryn (Bodishbaugh) Driggers. Survivors are his wife of 65 years, Flossie B. (Glover), Norris City; a daughter, Kathleen C. Whiteman, Sparks, Nev., a son, Elmer F. Driggers, Norris City; four grandchildren: Karen Driggers-Sanders, Jenepher Driggers-Kingery and Tommy Whiteman; four great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Tues Aug 31 at the Campbell Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Hall and the Rev. A.J. Driggers officiating. Burial will be at White County Memorial Garden in Carmi. Friends may call after 6 pm Mon, Aug 30 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Sue Webb Bodishbaugh, [email protected]

          January 15, 2001 Carmi Times

          Ray 'Smokey' Douglas,  NORRIS CITY

          Ray "Smokey" Douglas, 65, of Norris City, died at 5:09
          p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001 at the St. Mary's Medical
          Center in Evansville, Ind.

          He had worked for 39 1/2 years as an employee of CIPS.
          He was born Oct. 18, 1935 in Norris City, the son of
          George Lawrence and Violet Fern (Davis) Douglas. He was
          a member of the Electrical Union Local IEBW 702.

          Surviving is his wife, Sylvia (Phillips) Johnson of
          Norris City; a daughter, Tena Watson of Marion, Ill.; a
          son, Scott Johnson of Norris City; two grandchildren,
          Amy Watson of Marion, Ill., and Molly Johnson of Norris

          Funeral arrangements are pending at the Campbell
          Funeral Home in Norris City.

Lillie Helen Decker

     Lillie Helen Decker, 85, of Carmi died Saturday afternoon, January 15, 2000 at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born April 19, 1914 in Eldorado, the daughter of Robert and Susie (Bishop) Farmer.  She married Reco Mick in 1930 and he preceded her in death in October 1942.  She later married Frank Decker in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1956.

    She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Ruby Allbright, and Pat and Robert Bush of Carmi; three sisters and brother-in-law, Elizabeth Farmer and Nellie Erwin of Carmi, and Ada Mae and Leland Garner, of Woodriver; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Alma Bruce of North Carolina, and Alta Gant of Dallas, Texas.

    She was preceded in death by a brother, Homer Farmer and a sister, Mildred Erwin.

    Lillie was a member of the First Baptist Church.

    Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2000 at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Kuykendall Cemetery.

Clyde B. Duvall

Clyde B. Duvall, 92 of Carmi, died Saturday August 12, 2000 at the home of his son Doyle in Lockport, IL.

He was born July 12, 1908 in Grayson County, Kentucky the son of Jacob and Mary (Carroll) Duvall.

He was married to Ida (Stewart) Duvall on December 8, 1926 in Grayson County, Kentucky and she preceded him in death on October 28, 1987.

Mr. Duvall was a retired farmer. Clyde was the subject of a book written in his honor, titled, “True Kentucky Tales and Escapades of Clyde Duvall”. Anyone wishing to read of Clyde’s colorful life can find the book at the Carmi Library, Willard Library in Evansville, IN, and the Leitchfield Kentucky Library.

He is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Clyde and Lois Duvall, Jr of Grand Rapids, MI, Guy and Carol Duvall of Portage, IN, James and Rosemary Duvall of Evansville, IN, and Doyle and Sherrie Duvall of Lockport, IL; two daughters, Ethel Guzdowski of Merritt Island, FL, and Lois Reisch of Coco Beach, FL; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and June Duvall of Florida, and one brother-in-law, Frank Coulter of Grayville. He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Duvall, one daughter, Mary Franks, five brothers, Chester, Robert, Charles, Theodore and James Duvall, and three sisters, Melvina Stinson, Polly Stewart, and Hallie Coulter.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at the Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Kuykendall Cemetery.

Trella F. Drew (better known as Roark)

Trella F. Drew, 58 of Carmi, died Wednesday morning August 16, 2000 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

She was born January 1, 1942 in Carmi the daughter of Irving and Ina (Lloyd) Drew. She had been married to Eugene “Jake” Roark and he survives in Carmi.

Ms. Drew had been a home health care provider for several years (including services for Gladys Savage Birk, whose daughter, Cindy Birk Conley, has edited this obit for correctness.).

She is survived by two sons, Gregory Taylor of Carmi, and Russell Taylor of Naples, FL; one sister, Rose Bade of Oilton, OK. She had two special cats, “Garfield”, and “Cally”. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Basil, Donald, and Irving Drew.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 19, 2000 at Kuykendall Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the cemetery.

The Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

John A. Deom

John A. Deom, 77 of Springerton, died Thursday afternoon September 21, 2000 at the Marion V.A. Center. He was born March 3, 1923 in Springerton the son of John B. and Nellie (Rankin) Deom.

He married Anna Louise Dolan on January 3, 1952 at St. Patrick’s Church in Enfield and she survives.

Mr. Deom was a farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WWII. He was a member of the Springerton American Legion, and the Carmi V.F.W. He was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield.

He is survived by his wife, one son and daughter-in-law, John and Carol Deom of Enfield; one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Terry Brown of Enfield; four grandchildren, John Alexander Deom, Alyssa Deom, Charla Ann Brown, and Leah Nicole Brown; a daughter-in-law, Jane Deom of Mill Shoals; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Naydeen Deom of Carmi, one sister, Rosellen Unfried of Evansville and one aunt, Wilma Porter of Fallsofrough, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Tim Deom.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday September 25, 2000 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at the Elledge Funeral Home in Enfield. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

Bill DeLong

Bill DeLong, 60, of Maunie, died Wednesday afternoon, September 27, 2000 at his home. He was born on June 22, 1940 in Mattoon, the son of Harold and Mabel Burris DeLong.
He is survived by two brothers, James & Betty DeLong of Carmi and John & Doris DeLong of Maunie, one sister, Ruth & Andy Bostic of Lawrenceville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Eugene DeLong and Glenn DeLong.

Mr. DeLong was a stocker at Martin & Baileys now Buehlers Buy Low Grocery for 30 years.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2000 at the Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Bill Fechtig officiating. Burial will be in Marshall Ferry Cemetery in Rising Sun. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday September 29, 2000 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Maunie United Methodist Church.

Franklin Duckworth

Franklin Duckworth, 85 of Carmi died early Monday morning November 20, 2000 at White County Hospital. He was born March 2, 1915 in Gallatin County, the son of Robert and Stella (Bruce) Duckworth. He married Hazel Buttry on November 16, 1949 at Morganfield, Ky and she survives.

Mr. Duckworth had worked in the oilfield, and retired as an employee for the City of Carmi.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Martha Emmons of Carmi; one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Don Southern of Terre Haute, In; four grandchildren, including, Angela and Chris Lueke of Carmi; one great-grandchild, and one sister, Adeline Thompson of Omaha. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Roy, and Tommy Duckworth, and one sister, Susan Rister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday November 22, 2000 at the Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi with burial at Walnut Grove Cemetery near Brownsville. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday November 21, 2000 at the funeral home.

Fred A. Davis

Fred A. Davis, of Carmi, died Friday evening June 15, 2001 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, IN. He was born in Corinth, Mississippi, the son of Charles W. and Jessie (Sanders) Davis.

Mr. Davis had worked for the railroad for 30 years before retirement. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War and attended the Church of God in Carmi.

Mr. Davis is survived by one sister, Lorean Wohlhueter of Madisonville, Ky.; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and ten brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday June 19, 2001 at the Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Big Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday June 18, 2001 at the funeral home.

Marvin H. Dozier

Marvin H. Dozier, 81, of Springerton died Sunday morning August 19, 2001 at the Enfield Healthcare Center. He was born on July 1, 1920 in White County, the son of Everett and Avaline (Reever) Dozier. He married Mary Kathryn Leathers on August 13, 1938 in Morganfield, Kentucky and they just celebrated 63 years of marriage.

Mr. Dozier was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation with the Highway Maintenance Dept.He was also a self-employed trucker, farmer and construction worker. He served in the United States Marine Corp. from 1944-1946. He attended Springerton Methodist Church and was a member of the Springerton American Legion and the Carmi VFW. He enjoyed animals and was an avid quail hunter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Joan Dozier of Enfield, two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Don Poore of Springerton and Cheryl & Paul Cameron of Carmi; four grandchildren, Don Poore, Jr., Stewart Poore, Tonya and Scott Smith; nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; six brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Wave Dozier of Mill Shoals, Ralph and Betty Dozier of Fairfield, Lawrence and June Dozier of Springerton, Lloyd and Ellie Dozier of Walla Walla, WA, Kenny and Barb Dozier of Seattle, WA, Carroll and Reva Dozier of Burnt Prairie, one sister Beulah Dozier of Fairfield, one sister-in-law, Zella Dozier of Burley, Idaho, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Lester Dozier.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at the Elledge Funeral Home in Enfield. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springerton Cemetery where military graveside rites will be held.

Georgia P. Duke

Georgia P. Duke, 71 of New Haven died Tuesday afternoon September 11, 2001 at her home. She was born March 23, 1930 in Carmi, the daughter of John and Pearl (Winters) Graves. Georgia had worked in the USDA Office in Carmi.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Henry "Butch" Dunn of New Haven; five grandchildren, Chera Hall, Marty Phelps, Clinton Dunn, Adam Dozier and Amy Dozier, and 6 great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Lowell Warren of Enfield; and 4 nieces and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Morgan.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2001 at the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi. Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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