White County Obituaries

Submitted by  Diane Lehner <[email protected]>. This is the obituary that appeared in the Houston Chronicle, although it is not the property of the paper but the family of Mary Fay, the namesake of the Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library Trust Fund of the White County Historical Society. Neither her work in Illinois nor her moderation of the Houston Genealogy Forum, as mentioned in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (for more information visit http://www.ancestry.com/home/eastarch.htm).

MARY SMITH FAY died Friday, July 7, 2000. She was born
August 27, 1915 in White County, Illinois, the daughter of William Logan
and Myrtle Hunsinger Smith. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from
the University of Illinois. After teaching in Crossville, IL. Community
High School, Mary worked during World War II at the University of
Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor; then, Monmouth Memorial Hospital in Long
Branch, New Jersey, as superintendent. Moving to Houston in 1948, she
joined the Exploration and Produced Research Laboratory of Shell Oil
Company. She was supervisor, of technical information, when she retired
in 1969. Mrs. Fay was certified by the Board for Certification of
Genealogists as a Certified Genealogist and served as a trustee from
1983 until 1995. In 1997, she was elected a Fellow in the American
Society of Genealogists, the highest accolade in Genealogy. She served
as the court-appointed genealogist in the Howard Hughes probate case.

She has published many articles in genealogical and historical journals
and has authored three books. In 1985, the Texas State Genealogical
Society awarded her the honor of Fellow. In 1998, Mrs. Fay was appointed
to the Board of the City of Houston Public Library. Mrs. Fay served as
regent of Ann Poage Chapter, DAR, and has worked with the Children of
the American Revolution on a local, state, and national level since
1960. In 1984 she was elected Honorary Vice President National (for
life) of the United States Daughters of 1812 after serving as president
of the Captain James Asbury Tait Chapter in Houston and as state
president. She is a member of the Daniel Braman Chapter, Daughters of
the American Colonists; the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter VIII; and
of several historical and genealogical organizations, including
currently serving as a vice-president of the Clayton Library Friends. In
1989, Mary Fay was elected to the National Board for Women in Medicine
of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She was an active communicant of
St. Stephen s Episcopal Church and has served as Service Assistant.

Preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles H. Fay, she is survived by
her sister Ellen Smith Brown of Warren, Texas; step-daughter Lucy Fay
Reich and her husband Joseph C. Reich of Houston, step-son Dr. Charles
H. Fay, Jr. and his wife Joellen of Highland Park, NJ; grandchildren:
Kathryn Stepanski and her husband Patrick L. Stepanski of Magnolia,
Texas; Karen Kalberer of Manchester, NH; Sarah Rosenblum and her husband
Dr. David Rosenblum of Irvine, CA; and Josiah W. Fay of Los Angeles; and
great-grandchildren, Cory, Caitlyn and Carla Stepanski, and Taylor
Doherty. Friends are invited to visitation with the family on Sunday,
July 9, 2000 from 4 until 7 o clock in the evening at Geo. H. Lewis
& Sons, 1010 Bering Dr. Funeral services will be conducted on
Monday, July 10, 2000 at 10 o clock in the morning at St. Stephen s
Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama, with The Rev. Helen Havens, The
Rev. Sally Fox, and The Rev. James Stockton officiating. Interment will
follow in Historical Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

In lieu of flowers and for those desiring, memorial contributions may be directed
to a charity of your choice.

Mar, 1925. Funeral services for Mrs. Kelly Fitzgerald, 49, who died before medical aid could reach her from injuries received in the storm at her home near Phillipstown, were held at the Presbyterian church in Grayville (White County), Ills., Friday afternoon. Rev. Charles Jones of Centerville was in charge, assisted by Rev. Porter. Interment was in Oak Grove.

Her maiden name was Pharzine Ralls. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ralls and was born July 30, 1875. She was married to Kelly Fitzgerald Feb 14, 1900. Surviving are her husband, who was also injured, her father, five sisters, Effie, Mattie, Mary, Belle, Viola, and two brothers, Charles and Lewis, all of whom live in Missouri except her husband. She had been a member of the Primitive Baptist church at Little
Wabash, east of Crossville, over twenty-five years. [associated nearby article] Mr. Fred Bodishbaugh of this city had the unusual experience of having the house moved from over his head. He was standing in the door of a house on the Lomas farm, near Fox Island, which had recently been rented by his sister, Mrs. Kate Driggers, and her husband, when the storm swooped down, lifted the house and whisked it away. He was uninjured. He saw the storm pick Mrs. Kelly Fitzgerald up and blow her against a log. Her back and both legs were broken and she died before medical assistance could be secured. Her husband was blown into a tree, where he lost consciousness. Mr. Fitzgerald was not seriously injured..

Submitted by Sue Webb Bodishbaugh EMAIL: [email protected]

Obits: The Carmi Times, October 22, 2002, White County, Illinois
Copyright (c) 2002, Kimberly Taylor Morgan. This copy contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives. [email protected]
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Name     FISHBACK, James T.
Spouse     Jenell Fishback (deceased)
Date of Birth     18 June 1927
Age     75
City and County of Birth     White County, IL
Date of Death     Sunday, 22 September 2002
City and County of Death     Grand Junction, CO (at home)
Place of Internment     Big Prairie Cemetery, near Carmi
Date of Newspaper    15 October 2002
Name of Newspaper     The Carmi Times, http://www.carmitimes.com

George "Wib" Foley

    George Wilburn "Wib" Foley, 86 of Enfield died Sunday morning January 23, 2000 at the Enfield Healthcare Center.  he was born April 17, 1913 in Springerton, the son of William Henry and Rosie Jane (Faith) Foley.  He was married to Mary Jane Rodden on August 4, 1931 in Helena, AR, and she survives.

    Mr. Foley had been a body shop man until his retirement in 1975.  He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Enfield.

    Also surviving are one son, Billy Foley of Benton; four daughters and sons-in-law, Louise and Buck Robertson of Carmi, Mildred and Lawrence Medlin of Enfield, Shirley and Don Smith of Enfield, and Susan and Bruce Pearson of Springfield; nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.  he was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Carol Hames, one granddaughter, three brothers, one sister, three half brothers and three half sisters.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at the Missionary Baptist Church in Enfield with burial in Kitty Sweeten Cemetery in Springerton.  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Elledge Funeral Home in Enfield and also at the church on Wednesday morning prior to the funeral.

Elizabeth Farmer

     Elizabeth Farmer 73 of Carmi died early Saturday morning May 6, 2000 at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center.  She was born January 26, 1927 in Eldorado the daughter of Robert and Susie (Bishop) Farmer.

     She is survived by two sisters and brother-in-law, Ada Mae and Leland Garner of Woodriver, and Nellie Erwin of Carmi.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one brother, Homer Farmer and two sisters, Lillie Helen Decker and Mildred Erwin.

     She was a member of First Baptist church.

     Funeral services will be Monday, May 8, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Carmi, with burial at Wolf Creek Cemetery in Eldorado.  remains will be taken to the church one hour before the service.  Visitation will be Sunday, May 7, 2000 from 5-7 p.m. at the Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home in Carmi.

"Rosie" Frymire

Margaret Roselia "Rosie" Frymire, 72, of Enfield died Thursday afternoon April 12, 2001 at her residence. She was born September 3, 1928 in Hamilton County, the daughter of Cyril Morgan and Katie (Dauby) Biggerstaff.She married John Robert Frymire on January 22, 1948 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1967.

She retired from the Enfield Post Office as a Postal Clerk after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Springerton Legion Auxilary. She was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Fran Frymire of Enfield and Gene and Cindy Frymire of Henderson, KY; four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Ken Mitsdarffer of Carbondale, Trish and Bob Talley of Norris City, Debbie and Danny Sanders of Mt. Vernon, IL and Ellen and David Tarrant of Enfield; 16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise and Gerald York of Enfield and Betty and Ed Grewe of Mt. Carmel. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister, Lucille Berberich.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2001at the Elledge Funeral Home in Enfield. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2001 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

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