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[Booher, George W., Sr.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 20, 1971     p. 5

George Booher Services May 16

Funeral services for George W. Booher, 82, of Athelstan, held May 16 in the Athelstan Community Church, were conducted by Rev. Clarence Landis. Mr. Booher died May 13, 1971. Blockton American Legion held services at the Bedford Cemetery.

[Booher, George W., Sr.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 27, 1971     p. 2

George Booher, 82, Services May 16

Funeral services for George W. Booher, 82, of Athelstan, were held May 16 in the Athelstan Community Church with Rev. Clarence Landis officiating. Mr. Booher died May 13, 1971. The Blockton American Legion conducted services at the Bedford Cemetery.

George W. Booher, Sr. was born June 6, 1888 to John and Viola Jane [Parris] Booher at Bedford.

At age 28 he enlisted in the United States Army October 2, 1917 and served until November 14, 1918 when he was honorably discharged.

On July 31, 1920 he was united in marriage to Jessie Jane Woods. To this union six children were born: two sons, George Jr. and Glade Booher of Clarinda; four daughters, Mrs. Leona Williams of Athelstan, Mrs. Hubert (Darlene) Jones, Mrs. Charles (Marceline) Binau, Mrs. Ralph (Viola) Grubb all of Shenandoah.

Besides his children he is survived by 24 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Booher of Sidney, Iowa and Rev. Virgil Booher, of Haxtun, Colo, four sisters, Mrs. Viola Chandler of Athelstan, Mary Allen of Grant City, Mo., Carrie Rucker of Bethany, Mo., Dora Allen of Martinsville, Mo., a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, father and mother, one great grandchild, eight brothers and sisters.

[Booher, John William]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 20, 1945     p. 7


Obituary - J. W. Booher

John William Booher, son of Lucinda [Asher] and John William Booher, was born August 4, 1860 at Bedford, Iowa.

In June 1887 he was married to Viola Jane Paris [Parris], and they resided in Bedford 15 years. To them were born fifteen children, four of whom died in infancy, Guy at the age of thirteen and James at forty-two years. His wife preceded him in death 12 years ago.

He moved with his family from Bedford to Harrison County, Mo. where they resided until about 16 years ago when they moved to Athelstan, Iowa.

He died Friday, Sept. 14 at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 10 days after an illness of three weeks, at the home of his grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rusco at Hopkins, Mo.

He is survived by nine children: George Booher of Athelstan, Mrs. Carrie [Lucinda] Rucker of Bethany, Paul Booher of Sidney, Mrs. Viola [Belle] Chandler of Hopkins, Mrs. Dora Allen of Martinsville, Mo., John Booher of Bethany, Mrs. Madge Barnett of Des Moines, Mrs. Kate Allen of Athelstan, and Virgil [Leslie] Booher of Sheridan, Wyo. There are also grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Cater of Sheridan at the community church in Athelstan Saturday afternoon. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.


Attend Booher Rites

Those from a distance who attended the last rites were Rev. Virgil Booher and family of Sheridan, Wyo.; John Barnett and family of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Booher of Sidney; Mr. and Mrs. John Booher and daughter, Mrs. Roland Vandiver and daughter, Mrs. Carrie Rucker and son, all of Bethany, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Cook of Grant City, Leonard Rusco and family and Mrs. Viola Chandler of Hopkins; Mrs. Dora Allen, Mrs. Fern McCampbell and children of Martinsville, Mo.

[Booher, Lucinda Asher]

Blockton News

Thursday     October 13, 1898      p. 4

Mrs. M. [William John] Booher [Lucinda Asher] died Monday, at her home west of town, of paralysis. She was the mother of our postmaster, who has the sympathy of his many friends.

[Booher, Lucinda Asher]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      October 13, 1898      p. 5

Mrs. Booher  [Lucinda Asher] aged 75 years, died at her home in Jackson Township Monday morning.

[Booher, William John]

Iowa South-West

Saturday     August 25, 1877    p. 3

Wm. [John] Booher, although in a fair way to recover at the time of writing this week, died on Sunday. All the skill and care that could be bestowed upon him was rendered by Dr. Van Voorhis, but the wound proved a fatal one, and life was drawn to a close.

[Booher, William John]

Iowa South-West

Saturday      September 1, 1877     p. 3


Officers Morgan and Smith returned from Missouri last Monday with Macey in custody, the man who killed Wm. Booher of Jackson Township. They captured him at a house in the woods some miles from Amazonia. He was taken before Mayor Randolph on Tuesday, on the charge of murder and waived examination, and failing to give bail, remains in jail to await the action of the grand jury next week.

[Brown, William Luther]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 27, 1971     p. 2

William Brown Rites May 21

Funeral services for William Luther Brown, 69, of Gravity, were held May 21 at the Gravity Christian Church conducted by Pastor Perry Cozadd. Mr. Brown died May 18, 1971 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

William Luther Brown, third son of Francis Marion Brown and Julia Ann Adams Brown, was born March 17, 1902.

He was baptized into Christ at an early age at the Blockton Christian Church and later transferred his membership to the Gravity Christian Church and attended regularly until his health failed.

On March 18, 1926 he was united in marriage to Vera Perdew of the Gravity community where they lived at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles A. and two nephews.

He is survived by his wife, Vera; a sister, Gladys Jackson of New Market; a brother, Burl of Essex; several nephews and nieces.

He was a kind and loving husband and will be missed by his family, friends and neighbors.

[Chamberlain, John]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 22, 1895     p. 3


Uncle John Chamberlain Gone to His Reward Aged 80 Years.

For several months past Uncle John Chamberlain, as everybody affectionately called him, has lingered at the point of death, and more than once it was thought he could survive only a few hours; but his kindly spirit lingered this side of the threshold of eternity, as if reluctant to part with those so dear to him. But on Monday evening as the shades of darkness were about to close the day the angel of God gave the final summons and the spirit released itself from the bonds of flesh, to soar in a world grander and brighter. More than four score years of labor; of honorable service in the ranks of mankind, and the end: A slight struggle, death, and the energies of a lifetime only dust in the memory of his children and friends. But the deceased. But Uncle John had performed works that will not crumble into dust, if we may believe the divine teacher. He was a life long, and a practical Christian. He loved his neighbor as himself and was a living example of the truths of Christianity. The funeral services were held at the residence at 4:30 o'clock p. m. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. J. C. Lewis of the Baptist church. The remains were taken to Henry County Illinois, for interment where his wife was buried in 1871.

John Chamberlain was born in New Jersey Nov. 17, 1814, and in his early boyhood moved with his parents to Pennsylvania and lived in that state until 1820, when he moved to Ohio. While living in Ohio, in 1841, he was married to Miss Mary Titus and soon after moved to Whiteside County, Ill., and afterwards to Henry County in the same state. During their residence in Henry County Mrs. Chamberlain died and was buried in the Oxford cemetery. Mr. Chamberlain came to Taylor County in 1883 since which time he has been a resident of Bedford, himself and daughter Maggie making their home together, in the southeast part of town. Four children survive: Lee Chamberlain who lives in Henry County, Ill., Miss Maggie and G. H. Chamberlain, both residents of this community, and J. J. Chamberlain living in Nebraska.

Tuesday evening the remains were shipped to Illinois, for  interment in the Oxford cemetery.

[Heasley, Joseph L.]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     May 26, 1927     p. 5

Those from out of town who were here to attend the funeral of J. [oseph] L. Heasly [Heasley], were John Nolan, Des Moines, a brother-in-law; Mrs. Harry E. Coger, Des Moines, a niece; Arthur Heasly, of Ottumwa, a nephew; Harry Heasly of Waterloo, a nephew; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McDonald of Corning; Mrs. Omar Grace of Lenox, a niece.

[Heasley, Joseph L.]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     May 26, 1927     p. 6

Joseph L. Heasly

Joseph L. Heasly [Heasley], son of Jacob and Mary [Ann Gibson] Heasly [Heasley], was born in Pennsylvania, Dec. 23, 1845, and died at his home in Bedford, Ia., May 14, 1927, at the age of 81 years, 4 months and 11 days. He was one of a family of five children, all of whom have preceded him in death excepting one half brother. When about the age of 14 he removed from Pennsylvania to Illinois with his parents. During his young manhood days the Civil War broke out, and on the 12th day of May 1864, he enlisted in Co. F., Private Vol. Infantry, 140 Reg., at New Boston, Ill., for a period of 100 days. He was mustered out Oct. 29, 1864, but reenlisted Feb. 24, 1865 for a period of one year, at Quincy, Ill., in Co. I., 83rd Reg., Ill. Vol. Infantry. He was again mustered out of service at Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 8th, 1865. His entire service with the Union army was about one and one-half years. Following the war, he returned to New Windsor, Ill., where he made his home. He was united in marriage to Julana Esther Davis on the 14th day of April 1872, at Woodhull, Ill. They made their home on a farm in Illinois for about 3 years, after which they moved to Iowa, locating in Gay Township, Taylor county. Leaving their farm in 1897 they came to Bedford to live, which place has been their home since that time. Mr. Heasly has been a member of the I. O. O. F. for 35 years. He was also a member of the Sedgwick Post No. 10, G. A. R. He was a Christian man, having been converted and uniting with the Methodist Episcopal church since coming to Bedford. He leaves one half brother, Geo. Heasly of Pacific, Calif., his wife, several nephews and nieces, and many comrades and friends who mourn his going. Mr. Heasly was a good neighbor, a loyal citizen, a faithful husband, and a kindly hearted, fine spirited man.

The funeral was held May 16, at the Methodist church. Rev. Roberts, assisted by Rev. Coley, had charge of the services. The I. O. O. F. had charge of the services at the cemetery. Interment was given in the Bedford mausoleum.

[Heasley, Julana Esther Davis]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     January 5, 1928     [p. 1]

Mrs. J. L. Heasley Passed Away Tues.

Funeral Services Were Held Yesterday Afternoon.

Mrs. J. [oseph] L. Heasley [Julana Esther Davis] passed away at the home of Mrs. Chas. Besco at 4:15 Tuesday, January 3rd, of heart trouble, after an illness of one month. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. G. T. Roberts. Her body was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Bedford Mausoleum. The obituary will be published next week.

[Heasley, Julana Esther Davis]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     January 12, 1928    p. 3

Mrs. Joseph L. Heasley

Julana E. [sther] Davis, wife of Joseph L. Heasley, passed away of heart disease Jan. 3, 1928, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Chas. Besco, one and one-half miles east of Bedford, with whom she was spending the winter, after an illness of one month, at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 17 days. She was one of a family of 7 children, all of whom have proceeded her in death, except Mrs. John Nolan of Des Moines. She was married to Joseph L. Heasley on April 14th, 1872, at Woodhull, Ill. They made their home on a farm in Illinois for 3 years, then moved to Iowa, locating in Gay Township, Taylor county. Leaving the farm in 1897 they came to Bedford, which place has been their home since that time. Her husband preceded her in death, passing away May 14th, 1927. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, a member of the Rebecca Lodge and the W. R. C. She was a devoted wife, loved and respected by her neighbors. Truly she lived a life worthy of emulation and has gone home to reap the reward that remaineth for the faithful. She leaves to mourn, one sister, Mrs. John Nolan of Des Moines, Iowa; two nieces, Mrs. Chas. Besco of Bedford, and Mrs. Harry Koger of Des Moines; four nephews, Ralph Davis of Bedford, Jay Nolan of Des Moines, A. E. Stowell of Dixon, Mont., and A. G. Stowell of Benton, Ia.; also three great nieces, and 1 great nephew, and a host of friends. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Bedford, Jan. 6, 1928, at 2:00 p. m., conducted by Rev. G. T. Roberts, assisted by Rev. Fred Coley. The Daughters of Rebecca had charge of the committal service and the body was put away in the Mausoleum.

[Kryder, Martha E.]

Iowa South-West

Saturday       August 18, 1877     p. 3

Died. —On Thursday, Aug. 16th, Martha E., a little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.[ohn] Kryder, aged one year, seven months and nine days. The funeral services took place yesterday and were conducted by Rev. Roach.

[Lawler, Frank Thomas]

Bedford Times-Republican

Monday     May 23, 1921     p. 5

Frank [Thomas] Lawler who lives near Conway died at his home yesterday evening.

[Lawler, Frank Thomas]

Bedford Times-Republican

June 6, 1921    p. 6


Frank T. [homas] Lawler was born June 3rd, 1870, in Knox County, Illinois and was the youngest son of John J. and Sarah A. [nn Dossett] Lawler. He moved to Taylor county, Iowa, with his parents in the spring of 1878, where he has since resided.

When but a youth he united with the Presbyterian Church. He was married November 3, 1917, to Mrs. Lillie [Hawn] Johnson.

He had been in poor health for several months but grew suddenly worse, and passed away three days later, May 22, 1921, the immediate cause of his death being pernicious anemia.

His father and mother, one sister, Mrs. Maggie Biggs, half-sister, Mrs. Jennie Morris, and half-brother, [Elias] Cooley Hanshaw, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, stepdaughter Lucille, one sister, Mrs. Martha Roll of Goodland, Kan., two brothers, Ike [Isaac William], of Loraine, N. D., and John of Bedford.

The funeral services were held at his home, conducted by Rev. Bundy, of Conway. Interment was in Lexington cemetery.

[Lawler, John J.]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     October 5, 1922     p. 7


John J. Lawler was born Mar. 2nd, 1866, in Knox County, Ill., and was the son of John J. Lawler and Sarah A. [nn Dossett] Lawler.

He moved to Taylor County, Iowa, with his parents in the spring of 1878.

In August [3rd], 1889, he was married to Ulla [M.] Payne, and to this union were born three children: Violet Leone, Myrtle Claire and George Victor; Violet being the only surviving child, the others having died in infancy.

He has spent the greater part of his life, after his marriage, in Kansas, but in 1913 he returned to town and has since made his home with his brother, Frank and wife.

He has been in poor health since June of 1921 and has been bed-fast most of the time since August 11th of this year. He died at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank Lawler.

His father and mother, one sister, Mrs. Maggie Biggs, his brother Frank, a half-sister, Mrs. Jennie Morris, a half-brother [Elias] Cooley Hanshaw, preceded him in death.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. E. Green, now of Houston, Mo.; one grandson, "Jack"; one sister-in-law, Mrs. M. [artha] A. [nn] Roll of Goodland, Kans., one brother, Ike [Isaac William], of Loraine, N. Dakota. The funeral was conducted from the residence Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Carl Brown of Conway and interment made at the Lexington cemetery.

[Lawler, Kenneth Williams]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     May 21, 1908     p. 3

Another Darling Gone

Kenneth Williams the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac [William] Lawler, was born April 30, 1908, and died May 12, aged 12 days old. Death was caused by infection of the kidneys. The little babe was laid to rest in Lexington cemetery.

Another little babe has gone,

To dwell with Him who gave.

Another little darling babe,

Is sheltered in the grave,

God needed one more angel child,

Amidst His shining band.

And so He bent His loving smile,

And clasped our darlings hand.


[Lawler, Myrtle Claire]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     September 8, 1898      [p. 1]

Gone Home

Myrtle Claire, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lawler [Ulla M. Payne], of Conway, died Aug. 23 of cholera infantum. Dr. Liggit and kind and loving hands could not stay the fatal disease. Death with its gentle wand came and took this precious lamb to the bosom of its Savior. This precious jewel was promising far beyond its years, as she was only 1 year 10 months and 3 days old, but so sensible and universally loved by all who knew her. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Johnson, of Gravity, at the Christian church of Conway, and deceased was laid to rest in the Lexington cemetery. C. B.

[McCormick, Elmer]

South-West Democrat

Friday     December 28, 1888     p. 4

Elmer McCormick, a lad about 15 years old, a son of E. McCormick, of Ross township, died on the 25th inst. of typhoid fever. Funeral services at the residence yesterday conducted by Rev. Scott.

[Million, Mark Burrell “Bill”]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     March 28, 2001      p. 5


Funeral services for Bill Million, age 92 of Bedford, who died Monday, March 19, 2001 at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center were held Friday, March 23, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Ted DeHass officiating. Interment was held in the Lexington Cemetery. Memorials can be given in his name. Services were conducted by the Ritchie Funeral Home, of Bedford.

Mark Burel [Burrell] "Bill" Million was a twin and one of eleven children born to Benjamin Franklin Million and Emma Jane Scott Million on October 28, 1908 in Taylor County, Iowa. He grew up in the Taylor County area attending school and later went to mechanic's school. In his early twenties, Bill moved to Rush County, Kansas for a few years working for the Santa Fe Railroad. While living there he met and married Maude Messingatus. To this union a son, Raymond was born.

Bill later returned to Bedford where he married Letha Beatrice Pace Wyckoff in Hopkins, Missouri on September 2, 1943. To this union three children were born Loyd (Banty) Wyckoff, Lola (Mrs. Loy McNutt) and Nellie (Mrs. Charles Lemert). Later in life Bill married Elanor Anderson on January 1, 1980 in Bedford. Elanor had four children, Dianna (Mrs. Gary Hensley), Robert Grune, David Grune and Richard Grune. While living in Bedford Bill worked as a mechanic for the Chevrolet Garage and later the Ford Garage. He had also been employed for the Cudahy's in Bedford.

Bill loved the outdoors, gardening, fishing and hunting when time allowed. He had several animals and was active in pony pulling for a few years winning several trophies along the way. He also enjoyed trap shooting. Bill was known to help others, ready and willing to jump in whenever needed. Bill will be forever loved and missed.

Left to cherish Bill's memory are two daughters, Lola McNutt and husband Loy of Kansas City, Missouri; and Nellie Lemert and husband Charles of Bedford; a step-daughter, Dianna Hensley and husband Gary of Bedford; a niece, Jonna Cunningham, Bill's loving companion, of Bedford; Jonna's children, Jadeana Cunningham and John Neely of Lenox; Artena Mackey and husband Danny and family of Bedford; Frank Cunningham and wife Vicki and family of Bedford; Sam Roberts and wife Christina and family of Lenox; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Preceding Bill in death are his parents, Frank and Emma; two wives, Letha in 1972 and Elanor in 1980; two sons. Raymond and Banty; all of his sisters and brothers; a granddaughter, Lola Lou; and one great great-grandson, Chase.

[Noble, Charlotte Freeman]

South-West Democrat

Friday     December 21, 1888      p. 4

Death of Mrs. C. T. Noble

Just we close our offices we learn that Mrs. C. [aleb] T. [homas] Noble [Charlotte Freeman] died Wednesday. She was quite an old lady and had lived here many years and is highly respected. She has been in feeble health during several years past. We remember that she received quite a severe injury some time over a year ago, which might have hastened her demise. We have no further particulars at this time.

[Payne, Mattie Morten]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     October 26, 1899     p. 5

Died In Kansas.

Mrs. [Charles] Burley Payne [Mattie Morten] died at her home in Eagleville, Kansas, Thursday morning of last week. The remains arrived in Bedford on the train Saturday night and were interred in the Lexington cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Hughes conducting the funeral services. Deceased and her husband formerly lived near Conway.

[Query, John Jackson]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    November 20, 1902


Friday's Daily Republican

[John] Jackson Query, of Corning died Tuesday night and was buried at Lexington Cemetery yesterday. He lived in Marshall Township about 35 years, having moved to Corning about six years ago.

He died very suddenly of heart trouble. He is well known in this county, and especially in Methodist church circles. He was 67 years of age and has a good life to his credit.

[Query, Susan Harlow]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     February 10, 1910     p. 4


Remains of Mrs. Jackson Query Brought Back for Interment

Mrs. [John] Jackson Query [Susan Harlow], who for twenty-five years was a resident near the south line of Marshall Township, died at her home in Des Moines Monday morning. The body was brought to Conway Tuesday, where services were held in the morning. Interment took place in the Lexington cemetery where the husband was buried about ten years ago. After leaving this county about ten years ago, Mrs. Query was a resident of Corning, and about five years ago, she went with her daughter to Des Moines, where she had since resided.

[Reeves, Emily Doran]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      June 27, 1907     [p. 1]

Mother Gone To Her Reward

Mrs. Emily Reeves died at her home in Bedford at 11:50 p. m., Saturday, June 22, 1907. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.  [ames] V. [B.] Doran [Martha McDowell], and was born in Washington County, Iowa, July 16, 1867.

For a long time she has been suffering from tuberculosis and finally gave up the struggle at the time mentioned. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her parents in Lexington cemetery, at 10 o’clock Monday forenoon, July 1.  The funeral services were conducted by Elder Edgar Price.

The deceased leaves a husband and six little children to mourn her early death, and to them the sympathy of the community is extended.

[Salter, Dimple Daisy Evans]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 2, 1985      p. 6

Dimple Evans Salter dies in California

Dimple Daisy Evans, daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Anne Briggs Evans was born near Gravity, Iowa on July 6, 1907 and died on April 9, 1985 at Loma Linda, California at the age of 78 years, 9 months and 3 days. She attended schools around Gravity and New Market and was a member of the Gravity Christian Church.

On March 10, 1934, Dimple was married to James Salter and they were residents of Bedford, before moving to California in 1939. She was always a lover of Iowa and enjoyed visiting this area.

While in California, she joined the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and even though her membership was there, she had a special interest in the Bedford Adventist Church and supported it in many ways.

Dimple was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters: Pearl Bugg of Kansas City, Missouri, Myrtle Fancher of Santa Maria, California and Hazel Lister of Eureka, Missouri; and a son-in-law Richard Redfern.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband, James; three children, Robert John, Mary Ann and Betty Sue; an adopted niece, Gayle Kaye. Also remaining are three grandsons and two granddaughters as well as five sisters: Sylvia Peterman, Clarinda, Grace Gibson, Greenfield, Crystal Matheny and Nettie Cordell, Lenox, and Darline Madden; two brothers: Dewey Evans, Lenox, and Cash Evans, Gravity.

Her body was cremated on April 10, 1985 with private services held on April 12, 1985 at Loma Linda, California. Her remains were delivered to Nettie Cordell for burial in the Lexington Cemetery north of Bedford.

[Worthington, Charles]

Blockton News

Thursday      October 27, 1898      [p. 1]

A Sad Death

Charles Worthington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Worthington, of Maloy, died at St. Anthony's hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Saturday, October 22. The body was brought to his home at Maloy, where funeral services were held Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Maine, of Afton, assisted by Elder Van Horn. The body was interred in the Shay cemetery. Charley was well known in this vicinity, being a grandson of Mrs. Molly Proctor. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of their many friends. A large number of friends of the family from Blockton and vicinity attended.