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Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  "Arnold Chapel", "The Centralia Sentinel" (Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1887)

Married: Thursday, Feb. 10, 1887, Wm. Garrett to Miss Ella Lansford, Esquire John Ballance officiating. Many friends extend hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Garrett.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Robb - Garrett, "The Kinmundy Express" (June 17, 1915)

On Sunday afternoon, June 13, 1915, at five o'clock, Mr. Wesley Robb and Miss Esta Garrett were quietly united in marriage at the M.E. parsonage, Rev. W.D. Richardson performing the ceremony. They were accompanied by the bride's sister, Miss Hazel Garrett, and Virgil Livesay.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Garrett, residing in Foster township, and was a successful young school teacher. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Robb, residing northwest of this city and is a prosperous young farmer. Both are highly esteemed young people and their many friends wish for them a bright and happy future. They will reside at the Ray Jones farm.

  Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Garrett - Lenhart, "The Kinmundy Express" (Feb. 11, 1932)

Last Thursday afternoon, Feb. 4, at 4 o'clock at the M.E. Parsonage in this city a very quiet but impressive wedding ceremony was read by the pastor, Rev. E.T. Carroll, when Miss Freda Lenhart became the bride of Mr. Clyde Garrett.

The attendants were Mr. Carl Headley and Miss Irma Garrett.

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lenhart, residing southwest of this city, and a very popular young lady.

The groom is the youngest son on Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Garrett, of the North Fork vicinity, and a prosperous young farmer.

This happy couple will make their home on the F.M. Robb farm, eight miles west of this city. The Express joins their legion of friends in extending hearty congratulations.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)   Obituary, "The Kinmundy Express" (Sept. 17, 1925)

Theodore Garrett was born Aug. 18, 1862, in Foster township and departed this life Sept. 14, 1925, at the age of 63 years and 25 days.

He was the third of six children of Thomas and Catherine Garrett, and of his parental family, is survived by only one brother, William Garrett.

On Oct. 21, 1881, he was united in marriage to Icy Doolen, and to this union were born eight children: Emma, Claude, Gene, Laura, Hattie, Minnie, Lela, and Dorothy, all of which are living, save, Laura, who was called to her eternal Home, May 25, 1924. Then, too, they took into their home when very small, a niece, Allie Jones Thomas, who was to them, as an own child, and who received the same devotion and love as the other children.

He became a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Vernon on Aug. 17, 1899, of which he was always a faithful member.

He was a friend to all, and will ever be remembered by his neighbors as an upright, just, unselfish man, who ever upheld the standard of honor, truth, and love, and always stood ready to play the part of the Good Samaritan, when occasion demanded.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Icy Garrett, one brother, William Garrett, two sons, five daughters, 16 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. C.H. Carlton, of Vernon, and the body was laid to rest in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The I.O.O.F. Lodge of Vernon rendered a beautiful service at the grave.

Swift School Items

We were sorry to learn of the death of Theodore GARRETT which occurred Monday.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  "The Kinmundy Express", Kinmundy, Illinois (Jan. 27, 1927)

Marlin Diss, G.F. Jones, J.W. Garrett, and W.R. Doolen loaded their household goods Friday and they and their families left Wednesday for Almosa, Colorado, where they will make their future home. We are very sorry to see these good families leave our community and hope that they will regain their health in a short time that they will see fit to come back and be with us again. We might add here that Mr. Garrett is leaving the home where he was born and lived his entire life, which amounts to 66 years. Not many people have this record.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Big Party of Illinois People Arrive in the San Luis Valley, "The Kinmundy Express", Kinmundy, Illinois (Feb. 10, 1927)

The population of the great San Luis Valley was augmented this week when a party of Illinois people, numbering twenty-two, arrived at Monte Vista to make homes in surrounding sections of the Valley. They came highly recommended from their home section in Southern Illinois, and are most desirable acquisitions for the Valley.

The party arrived with their household goods in Monte Vista the first of the week, and through the efforts of Charles P. Graeser and M.T. Hancock they found temporary homes that will serve until they establish themselves. All of the men are farmers and expect to acquire land here as soon as they become familiar with conditions.

The party is from Kinmundy, Illinois. The families are as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones and five children; Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Garrett and two children - grown son and daughter, Clyde and Mamie; Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Diss and a young man, brother of Mr. Diss; Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Doolen and two children and a relative, Clyde Doolen.

Like the children of Israel of old, the party was preceded to the Valley by two scouts. Two of the men came out here last year and looked the country over. They went home as did the scouts of Bible times, and reported that they had found a land flowing with milk and honey.

Accordingly the party was made up and moved out here as soon as it was possible to arrange their respective affairs in the home community. The men expect to acquire land and wisely decided to spend awhile here becoming familiar with conditions in an irrigated country.

Farming conditions have become so unsatisfactory in the central states that more and more people are casting their eyes westward. Colorado will get a large share of the multitudes that will be coming to a country where conditions are easier, and of this multitude the greater part would come to the San Luis Valley if they did as these folks and sent scouts ahead to find the best places. Our broad acres will support thousands more people than we have now, and they will come in the near future.

Monte Vista Tribune

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Birthday Dinner, "The Kinmundy Express", Kinmundy, Illinois (March 10, 1927)

On Feb. 27, a group of Illinois people at Sunshine Valley, met at the home of Marlin Diss to celebrate the birthday of two of the young men, Lowell Diss and Clyde Doolen.

At the noon hour the ladies unpacked their baskets and everyone enjoyed the bounteous dinner which was served. The afternoon was spent with music, visiting and taking pictures. At a late hour all departed wishing the boys many more happy birthdays.

Those present were: J.W. Garrett, W.R.. Doolen, Frank Jones, Wayne Maxey and families, Lowell Diss and Clyde Doolen.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Wedding Bells, "The Kinmundy Express" (Sept. 26, 1929)

On Saturday evening, Sept. 14, Mr. Clyde Bassett and Miss Mamie Garrett motored to Salem, where they were united in marriage by Rev. Shaffer. They then went on to Granite City and spent a few days with relatives.

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Garrett and the groom is the son of Mr. Lafayette Bassett, both residing west of this city.

The infair dinner was served at the home of the bride’s parents, Sunday, Sept. 22, with many relatives present.

The young couple departed Wednesday of this week for Texas, where they expect to make their home.

The Express joins their many friends in extending congratulations.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)   Obituary of Mr. J.W. Garrett, "The Kinmundy Express" (Aug. 2, 1934)

James William Garrett, eldest son of Thomas and Catherine Garrett, was born at the old Garrett homestead, eight miles northwest of Kinmundy, September 28, 1860. It was his lot in life to early become acquainted with sorrow and responsibility. When he was twelve years old, his father passed away, leaving to his care his mother, three sisters and two brothers. In the space of a few years following, he helped to lay to rest his sisters, Paradine and Allie, his brother, Henry, and his mother. One sister, Talitha Garrett Jones, survived until October 1897 and one brother, Theodore, remained, passing to the Great Beyond in September, 1925. Near and dear were the ties between the two brothers and their families as for three score years they shared with each other their joys and sorrows.

He was married to Ella Lansford, at her home on February 10, 1887, by the Rev. John Ballance. To this union were born five sons: Selby, Berthol, Frank, Clyde, and Harold, who died in early childhood; three daughters, Hazel Livesay, Esta Robb, and Mamie Bassett. After the passing of his sister, Talitha, her orphaned children shared in his fatherly love and interest.

He was converted at North Fork Church in 1891 under the preaching of the Rev. Douthitt and united with the church of his fathers, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at North Fork. It was a great pleasure to him to be in the place of worship and his home was a home for the ministers as they came and went. Having once given his heart to God, there was no thought of turning aside from the straight and narrow way, and his life was one of blessing to all who knew him. During his last illness he gave testimony of Christ's presence with him and died as he had lived, triumphant in the hope of Life Eternal.

After six weeks of patient suffering, he entered into rest, Saturday morning, July 28, 1934, at the old homestead where all seventy-four years of his life had been spent except for some five months spent in Colorado.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and seven children, twenty-two grandchildren, six nieces and one nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends. Two little granddaughters, Clara and Isabel Garrett, were waiting at the Heavenly Portals to welcome him.

The funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Story, officiating. Interment was made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.


We gratefully appreciate the acts of kindness, the assistance and sympathy extended to us by the neighbors and friends during the illness and at the death of our dear husband and father, J.W. Garrett.

Mrs. Ella Garrett and Family

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  North Fork, "The Kinmundy Express" (Aug. 2, 1934)

Our community wishes to extend our sympathy to Mrs. Ella Garrett and family in their sad hour. Uncle Willie will be greatly missed by all.


Several from this vicinity attended the funeral of Willie Garrett, which was held Sunday. The family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Meadow Branch

Mrs. Esta Robb spent part of last week on North Fork, helping care for her father, Mr. Garrett. Word was received Saturday morning of his passing away.

Mrs. A.J. Baylis, Lorraine and Merle, attended the burial of Mr. Garrett at Sandy Branch Sunday P.M.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  MRS. ELLEN GARRETT DIES, "The Kinmundy Express" (Apr. 18, 1935)

Mrs. Ellen Garrett, widow of the late Willie Garrett, passed away Tuesday morning at 2 o’clock, at the home of her son, Mr. Selby Garrett, aged 68 years, 11 months, and 5 days.

The funeral services were held from the Selby Garrett home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Rev. L.V. Lovell, officiating. Interment was made in the Sandy Branch Cemetery.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Life History of Mrs. Barbara Ellen Garrett, "The Kinmundy Express" (Apr. 25, 1935)

Barbara Ellen, daughter of Jack and Sarah Holt Lansford, was born in Foster township May 12, 1865, and entered into perfect rest at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Selby Garrett, six miles west of Kinmundy, April 16, 1935.

At an early age she was converted at a revival meeting held at Doolen school house and later joined the North Fork Church and was a true and faithful Christian until death called her home.

She was united in marriage to James William Garrett, February 10, 1887, by the Rev. John Ballance. To this union were born five sons and three daughters: Selby, Berthol, Frank, Clyde, and Harold, who died in early childhood; Mrs. Hazel Livesay, Mrs. Esta Robb, and Mrs. Mamie Bassett. A little nephew, Edson Jones, was given the love and care of mother and father until his passing away at the age of eighteen years. For more than forty-seven years she and her husband lived in the old Garrett homestead sharing their joys and sorrows together. They spent five months in Colorado. After the death of the dear husband and father, July 28, 1934, she made her home with her son, Selby and wife. During the summer months she passed some time with her other sons and daughters.

She has been in frail health for a number of years but was only confined to her bed for the past few weeks. All that loving hands could do to comfort her were administered, but the angels called her home to dwell with them.

She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother and grandmother. Their home was one where a hearty welcome awaited the relatives, friends and neighbors. The children have sustained the loss of a dear mother, the community a dear friends, but what is our loss is her gain.

Besides the sons and daughters, she leaves to mourn their loss, one brother, Monroe Lansford, of Arnold Chapel; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Atkins and Mrs. Bertha Robb of Kinmundy, and Mrs. Cliffie Gillespie, of Vernon; twenty-two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Two little granddaughters, Clara and Isabel Garrett, are waiting to welcome their grandmother at the Heavenly Portals.

Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Selby Garrett, Wednesday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. L.V. Lovell, officiating. Interment was made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.


We desire to express our sincere thanks to all the dear friends and neighbors for their kindness during the illness and death of our beloved mother; also for the beautiful flowers, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Brasel, Mrs. Ross Hanna, and Rev. Lovell for the sweet music, and Rev. Lovell for his words of comfort.

The Family

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Mrs. Clyde Bassett Funeral Wednesday, "The Kinmundy Express" (July 1946)

Mamie Garrett Bassett, youngest daughter of William and Ella Lansford Garrett, was born in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, on February 11, 1901, and passed away quietly after a long illness at her home near Kinmundy, July 21st, 1946 age 45 years, 5 months and 10 days.

Early in life she united with the Methodist Church at Arnold Chapel, from which she never moved her membership.

On September 14, 1929, she was married to Clyde Bassett. Two daughters came to bless this home, Evelyn and Helen. Besides these two devoted children and her faithful companion, she is survived by four brothers and two sisters, Shelby, Alma, Ill.; Berthol, Frank, and Clyde of Kinmundy, Mrs. Hazel Livesay of Decatur., and Mrs. Esta Robb of Kinmundy and a host of relatives and friends.

Mamie was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a true a loyal friend and neighbor and will be sadly missed by this whole community.

The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Methodist Church, in Kinmundy, Rev. Brakemeyer, officiating, and interment made in Sandy Branch Cemetery.


Many thanks to our many kind neighbors and friends for their assistance in any way during the illness and death of our loved one. Especially do we thank you for the kind words of sympathy, the beautiful floral offerings, the sweet music and words of condolence.

C.C. Bassett and Daughters

The Garrett Family

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Icy Garrett Funeral Rites Held Sat. P.M., "The Kinmundy Express" (Jan. 27, 1949)

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, at 1 o'clock for Mrs. Icy Garrett, who passed away at her home in this city Thursday morning, from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Orlando Brakemeyer, officiating. Interment was made on the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery.

Icy Dora Garrett was the youngest child of the late Ben and Laura Ann Jones Doolen. she was born in Foster Township on March 11, 1867. On October 21, 1884, she was united in marriage with Theodore Garrett, who passed away September 14, 1925.

To this union eight children were born, namely, Emma (Mrs. Tom Ballance), Claude, Eugene (deceased), Hattie (Mrs. Dow Green), Minnie (Mrs. Orie Atkins), Lela (Mrs. Carl Dunlap), and Dorothy (Mrs. Lewis Sullens). They also reared a niece in their home, Mrs. Allie Thomas. Her brother and sister, Charles Doolen and Hattie Atkins, preceded her in death.


We wish to thank our many kind friends for their assistance in any way during the illness and death of our dear mother. Also for the kind words of sympathy and condolence, the sweet music and the beautiful floral offerings. We especially wish to thank the members of the O.E.S. and the neighbors for their thoughtfulness.

The Children of Icy Garrett

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Mr. and Mrs. Selby Garrett, of Alma, Celebrated Fiftieth Anniversary Sunday,"The Kinmundy Express" (Jan. 28, 1960)

Mr. and Mrs. Selby Garrett, of Alma, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the home of their daughter, Mrs. Rada Caldwell, of Alma, Saturday evening, January 23rd.

Mrs. Caldwell served refreshments of angel food cake with whipped cream, ice cream, punch, and coffee.

Those present to help them celebrate were: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Eagan, of Patoka; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Garrett, of Salem; Mrs. Lorene Bender and daughter, of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Robb, and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Livesay.

  Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Mr. and Mrs. Bert Garrett Observe Golden Wedding Last Week with Relatives,"The Kinmundy Express" (April 28, 1960)

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Garrett observed their 50th anniversary Saturday, April 23rd. On Wednesday evening, several arrived at their home and surprised them, in honor of the occasion.

Refreshments of cake and punch were served.

Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Selby Garrett, and Mrs. Rada Caldwell, of Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Livesay, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Robb, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Garrett, Mrs. Bertha Robb, and Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Doolen.

Then on Sunday a delicious potluck dinner was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Shreffler and family in Carrier Mills, in observance of this occasion.

Those enjoying the day were: Mrs. Irma Headley, of Lansing, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Garrett and sons, of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Junior Garrett and family, of St. Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Neil Brasel and son, of Effingham; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Garrett and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Garrett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Garrett and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Mac Garrett and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Shreffler and family.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Virgie Garrett Dies, "The Kinmundy Express" (July 13, 1961)

Alma News

Mrs. Virginia (Virgie) Garrett, 73, passed away at St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia, at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, July 9. Funeral services were held from the Linton Funeral Home Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. C.C. Lowe officiating, with interment in the Sandy Branch Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Selby, one son, Tom, of Salem, three daughters, Mrs. Rada Caldwell, of Alma, Mrs. Lucille Eagan, of Patoka, and Mrs. Lorene Bender, of Centralia; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Williams, of Alma, and Mrs. Frances Kapper, of Colo., one brother, Mr. Robert Nichols, of Kankakee, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Selby Garrett Dies, "The Kinmundy Express" (Dec. 28, 1961)

Selby B. Garrett, aged 73, passed away at his home in Alma, Dec. 19. His wife passed away in July.

Survivors are a son, Tom, of Salem; three daughters, Mrs. Rada Caldwell, of Alma, Mrs. Lorene Bender, of Centralia, Mrs. Lucille Eagan, of Patoka; two sisters, Mrs. Virgil Livesay and Mrs. Wes Robb, of Kinmundy; 3 brothers, Bert, Clyde, and Frank, of Kinmundy, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from the Linton Funeral Home, Rev. Everet Weiss, officiating, assisted by Rev. C.C. Lowe. Burial was in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

  Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Clyde O. Garrett, "The Kinmundy Express" (Dec. 9, 1965)

Mr. Clyde O. Garrett, 61, passed away at his home in Foster township at 8:45 p.m., Dec. 5th.

Interment was made in Sandy Branch Cemetery Tuesday where graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. with Bro. Lowery Sutherland, officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Freda, three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Lila) Williams, Alma; Mrs. James (Barbara) White, Carbondale; Mrs. Larry (Carolyn) Shanafelt, Kinmundy; two brothers, Bert and Frank Garrett, Kinmundy; 2 sisters, Mrs. Hazel Livesay and Mrs. Esta Robb, Kinmundy; and four grandchildren.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)   Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Robb Celebrate their Golden Wedding Sunday in Bryan Park, "The Kinmundy Express" (June 17, 1965)

On June 13, 1915, at 4:00 p.m., Miss Esta Garrett and Mr. Wesley Robb were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage in Kinmundy, Ill., by Rev. W.D. Richardson. They were attended by her sister, Miss Hazel Garrett and Mr. Virgil Livesay.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 13, 1965, at Bryan Park in Salem.

A family dinner was enjoyed by 120 relatives and friends who were present to honor the couple on this occasion.

The Robbs have a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Hammer, of Bridgeport, and a son, Harold Robb, of Charleston, six grandchildren, Donn, Max, and Mike Hammer, of Bridgeport, Mrs. Janet Kays, of Bloomington, Ind., and Sharon and Robert Robb, of Charleston.

They were all present for this occasion.

  Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Livesay Observed Their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Sunday, "The Kinmundy Express" (March 10, 1966)

About 60 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gammon Sunday afternoon to help Mrs. Gammon's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Livesay, observe their Golden Wedding which was March 8th. The honorees other child, Darrell, of Decatur, and their four grandchildren were present for this happy occasion.

Also present were Mr. and Mrs. Dow Green, Alma, who were Mr. and Mrs. Livesay's attendants at their wedding in 1916.

Punch, cake, nuts, mints, were served the guests by Mrs. Gammon, assisted by Mrs. Edith Hammer, Mrs. Kaye Schneider, and Mrs. Delores Livesay.

This honored couple were the recipients of many beautiful gifts and cards.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Garrett Celebrate Golden Wedding with Open House Sunday, "The Kinmundy Express" (March 13, 1969)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Garrett celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, March 9th, at the United Methodist Church. Approximately 150 relatives and friends were present to help them celebrate.

Their 3 children and their families were present for this occasion: Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Garrett, Carla and Denise, of Odessa, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Chandler, Darrell and Don, Mrs. Joann Brockman and Mike, Pontiac; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Beard, Doug and Lana, of Alma.

Those unable to attend were their grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Cohernour and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Murray and Todd, all of Pontiac.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Hazel Livesay, "The Kinmundy Express" (Sept. 1, 1966)

Hazel Orpha Garrett, daughter of Barbara Ella Lansford and James William Garrett, was born Aug. 10, 1892, in Foster township, and passed away Aug. 24, 1966, in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia.

She was united in marriage to Virgil Livesay March 8, 1916. To this union, two children were born: Irene (Mrs. Fred Gammon) of Kinmundy, and Darrell Gene, of Decatur. Besides these she leaves four grandchildren. Also a sister, Esta (Mrs. W.F. Robb), two brothers, Bert and Frank, all of Kinmundy. A sister, Mamie and two brothers, Selby and Clyde preceded her in death. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Berthol O. Garrett,"The Kinmundy Express" (Oct. 21, 1971)

Berthol O. Garrett, 80, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 13, in St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. He was a retired farmer, having lived his entire life in the Kinmundy area.

Bert was born Jan. 9, 1891, the son of James and Ella (Lansford) Garrett. On April 23, 1910, he was united in marriage to Ruby Doolen, who survives. Survivors besides the widow are five sons, Carroll, Patoka; Bill, Jack and Floyd, all of Kinmundy; and B.J. Garrett of St. Peter; three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Irma) Headley, Lansing, Mich.; Mrs. Ed (Norma) Shreffler, Carrier Mills; Mrs. Neal (Wanda) Brasel, Miami, Florida; 34 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank, of Alma; and one sister, Mrs. Esta Robb, Kinmundy, also survive. One daughter, Cleda, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. from the Wesley Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Edwards of Mascoutah officiating. Burial was made at Sandy Branch Cemetery.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Ruby A. Garrett Dies,"The Kinmundy Express" (March 11, 1999)

Ruby Ann Garrett, 105, of Kinmundy, passed away at 1:10 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 1999, at Twin Willows Nursing Home in Salem.

Ruby was born April 12, 1893, in Marion County, Illinois, the daughter of Charles I. and Margaret Rosella Robb Doolen. She was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church. She married Berthal O. Garrett on April 23, 1910, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1971.

She is survived by sons, Floyd Garrett and wife, Helen, and Charles and wife, Eileen, all of Kinmundy; daughters, Erma Headley of Lansing, Michigan, Wanda Brasel and husband, Neal, of Newburgh, Indiana, and Norma Shreffler of Carrier Mills; daughters-in-law, Gertrude Garrett of St. Peter, Dot Garrett, and Veretta Garrett, both of Kinmundy, 33 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren, also 8 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.

Funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, at the Neal Funeral Home, Kinmundy, with Pastor Stephen Palmer officiating. Visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour on Wednesday. Burial was in Sandy Branch Cemetery, rural Alma. Memorials: Kinmundy Veterans Memorial Fund or Sandy Branch Cemetery.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Wesley F. Robb Dies, "The Kinmundy Express" (July 18, 1968)

Wesley F. Robb, 79, passed away Monday at 5:45 a.m. in the Salem Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Mr. Robb was a retired farmer. He was born October 6, 1888, the son of Robert C. and Hannah (Swift) Robb.

Funeral services were held Wednesday (today) at 1:30 p.m. from the Linton Funeral Home with Bro. Neal Kenley officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Esta, one daughter, Mrs. Mildred Hammer, Bridgeport; one son, Harold, of Charleston; seven brothers, Glen, Salem; Thurman and Mack, Kinmundy; Roy, East Lansing, Mich.; Lloyd, Lansing, Mich.; Robby, Owosso, Mich.; Lester, Gurnee; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Cheadle, Calif.; Mrs. Rhea Morrill, Tucson, Ariz.; Mrs. Dora Kline, St. Joseph, Mo.; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

  Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Esta Robb Succumbs,"The Kinmundy Express" (Feb. 10, 1983)

Mrs. Esta I. Robb, 88 formerly of Kinmundy, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1983 in the United Methodist Village at Lawrenceville, Ill.

She was born Oct. 22, 1894 in Marion county, the daughter of James W. and Barbara Lansford Garrett. She attended Eastern Illinois University in the early 1900's and taught school in this area for a few years. She was a member of the Christian Church in Kinmundy. On June 13, 1915 she married Wesley F. Robb, who preceded her in death on July 15, 1968.

Surviving is a son, Harold Robb of Tucson, Arizona; and a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Hammer of Bridgeport; six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 5th at 10 a.m. at the Linton Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Hunt officiating. Those that served as pallbearers were: Jack Garrett, Bill Garrett, Junior Garrett, Donald Robb, Marlin Robb, and Tim Gammon. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Virgil Livesay, "The Kinmundy Express" (July 16, 1970)

Virgil Livesay, son of Harvey R. Livesay and Mary Dow Chick, was born January 5, 1889 in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois and passed away July 9, 1970 in Salem Memorial Hospital.

He was united in marriage to Hazel Garrett, March 8, 1916. She preceded him in death on August 24, 1966. To this union, two children were born: Irene (Mrs. Fred Gammon) of Kinmundy, and Darrell Gene of Decatur, Ill. Besides these he leaves four grandchildren: Frederick Gammon of Hempstead, New York; Tim Gammon of Kinmundy; Regina Livesay and Dean Livesay, of Decatur, Ill.; also a sister, Mrs. Joseph P. McGrath of Brentwood, Missouri.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. C.C. Lowe, of Vandalia, officiating. Burial was in Sandy Branch Cemetery.

Among those attending from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Livesay, Regina and Dean Livesay, Richard Coombe and Mrs. Rex Butts, of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Jackson and Miss Darlene Jost, Clinton; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Gammon, Hempstead, New York; Mrs. Art Muehlhausen, Forest Park; Clarence Livesay, Granite City; Mrs. Maurice Smith, Vandalia; Mrs. Phyllis Jernigan and Miss Roberta Quayle, Vernon; Mrs. Frances Thompson, Patoka; Mrs. Rada Caldwell, Gerald Livesay, Keith Livesay, and Donald Livesay, Salem; Mrs. Lewis O'Dell, Marshall; and Harold Robb, Charleston.


We wish to thank all our relatives and friends for the many expressions of sympathy, for the beautiful floral offerings, for those serving dinner and for any other acts of kindness shown us during our bereavement.

Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Livesay and family

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gammon and family

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Frank J. Garrett, "The Kinmundy Express" (Aug. 24, 1972)

Frank J. Garrett, 74, of Alma, passed away Monday, Aug. 21, at 1:25 a.m. in his home. He was born March 5, 1889 in Foster township, the son of James William and Barbara E. Lansford Garrett.

He was united in marriage to Pearle Jones, Nov. 8, 1919, who survives. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Donna Beard, Alma; Mrs. Gladys Chandler, Pontiac; one son, Emmett, Odessa, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Esta Robb, Kinmundy; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Garrett was a retired farmer and a member of the Alma United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. from the Linton Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Schmidt officiating. Burial was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  Pearle J. Garrett, 97, Dies, "The Kinmundy Express" (June 27, 1996)

Pearle J. Garrett, 97, of Alma, passed away at 12:40 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 1996, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

Pearle was born July 17, 1898, in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, the daughter of Emmett and Agnes Robb Jones. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Alma Methodist Church and Alma Senior Citizens. She married Frank J. Garrett in 1919 and he preceded her in death in 1972.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Emmett and Laura Garrett of Odessa, Texas, a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Bill Beard of Alma; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a grandson, a daughter and three brothers.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. , Wednesday, June 26 at the Neal Funeral Home in Kinmundy. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials: Alma Methodist Church or Visiting Nurses of Illinois. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)  MABEL GARRETT, 86, DIES, "The Salem Times-Commoner" (July 1990)

Mabel Gertrude Garrett, 86, of Salem, passed away at 12:10 a.m., July 11, 1990, at Salem Hospital. She was born January 6, 1904, in Kinmundy, the daughter of Benjamin and Fina Howell Garrett. She was a retired Lab. Technician and a member of the Kinmundy Christian Church.

Surviving is one niece, Helen (Garrett) Leckrone of Hammond, Indiana. Graveside services were held on Friday at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Linton Neal Funeral Home in Kinmundy.


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