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Champaign County, Illinois

Obituaries - Pg. 9

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The Champaign News Gazette.

July 7, 1925.

Sidney, July 7.-- Freeman K. Wilson, 63, prominent farmer of this community, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Edward Gasser, R. R.5, Urbana, at 11:15 o'clock Monday night. Death followed a critical six months illiness with cancer of the stomach, during which time he had been at his sister's home.

Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed, but it will be held Thursday afternoon with short services at the Gasser home, followed by services in the Christian church at Sidney and burial in Mt. Hope cemetery there.

Mr. Wilson was well known in this community, where he was born and reared. He was the son of Elizabeth and George Wilson, and was born on 12 August 1861, on a farm one and a half miles southeast of here, one of six children. He never married, and lived on the homestead of his parents. He was a farmer and carpenter by occupation.

Surviving are the following brothers and sisters: M. V. B. Wilson and William Wilson, Sidney: Mrs. Roy Slater, Herrod, O., Mrs. William Green, Homer and Mrs. Gasser.

[I have a marriage return dated 7 Sept. 1903, Champaign Co. Illinois: Freeman K. Wilson and Mrs. Susie Ford, (widow).
Her father was Robert Mulhall and her mother was Amanda (Johnson) Mulhall.]

Submitted by John Shaffer

Security Specialist
C.T.James Dies at 82

Chauncey Thomas James, 82 a specialist in security who was a founder and owner of National Detective Agency Inc., died March 29 at his home in Potomac after a heart attack.
Mr. James was born in Thawville, Ill. He came to Washington as a young man. He served in Army counterintelligence units in the Pacific during World War II and again in the Korean War.
Before founding the National Detective Agency in 1950, he was a private investigator in the Washington area. His firm provided security for conventions of the International Monetary Fund here and for rock stars and other celebrities visiting the Washington area.
Mr. James had been an adviser on security concerns to various world leaders. He also lectured on shoplifting preventice. He sold his business and retired in 1987.
In 1972 and 1973, he was president of the World Association of Detectives. He was Man of the Year of the Salvation Army Auxiliary for five years, and in 1962, he was Man of the Year for the Hotel Sales Management Association.
He was a fight announcer and a member of the D.C. Boxing Commission. He was a founding member of the Chi-Am Lions Club in Washington, a Mason and a member of the Touchdown Club.
In retirement, Mr. James operated auction galleries in Laurel and a horse-boarding stable in Potomac.
Survivors include his wife, J. Chloe James of Potomac; two children, Harold James of Germantown and Jaye Younkers of Potomac; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The name and date of paper are missing, but Chauncey Thomas "Jimmie" JAMES died 29 Mar 1993.

On Monday, March 29, 1993, of Potomac, MD, husband of Jessica C. James; father of Harold E. James and Jaye M. Younkers; brother of Hortense Pons. Three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. A Memorial Service will be held at PUMPHREY'S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Montgomery Ave. (Rte. 28 just off I-270), Rockville, MD on Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flower's contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Submitted by Robin Bango

ELLIS, Lulu B.
Of Bethesda, Md., and Beaver Dam, Va., on December 7, 1962; wife of Vernon A. Ellis, sister of Mrs. Ernest E. Pons and Chauncey T. James of Washington, D.C., and Leslie and Trathen James of Urbana, Ill. Services at Chambers Georgetown Funeral Home, 3072 M st, nw., on Tuesday, December 11, at 10:45 a. m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

Submitted by Robin Bango


Rantoul Man Killed

Harold W. James, 25, well known Rantoul young man, died late Tuesday afternoon in a Kankakee hospital, the victim of injuries received a few hours earlier in a collision of two trucks, five miles north of Kankakee.
Mr. James, employed by the Champaign County Service Bureau, had left Monday evening with a truck load of merchandise for delivery in Chicago. On the return trip his truck collided with another north of Kankakee. Taken to the hospital in Kankakee, he died without regaining consciousness.
He was born Sept. 15, 1910, three miles west of Rantoul, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh James, prominent farm family of northern part of the county. Following his graduation from Rantoul High School, he was married Dec. 22, 1930, to Louise Shimmins in Rantoul, where the couple had made their home.
Surviviors include his parents, his widow, and two small children, Darwin and Diane James.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Thursday from the Rantoul M. E. Church with Rev. J. Fred Melvin officiating. Burial will be in the Maplewood Cemetery.

The name and date of the newspaper have been cut off but Harold W. James died before 6 Dec 1935.



KANKAKEE, Dec. 6-Coroner A. E. Kerger, who investigated the accident which took the life of Harold James of Rantoul, stated that James had evidently fallen asleep while driving his truck. He drove diagonally across the 40-foot highway and without slackening speed, crashed into a truck driven by John W. Niesen of Dwight.
Niesen, who received a broken arm, stated he saw James' truck headed for him and attempted to avoid the crash by driving his truck from the pavement. The Rantoul man's truck crashed into Niesen's truck, shearing the cab from the body.

The name and date of newspaper have been cut off.

Submitted by Robin Bango

Russell James

Russell Lowell James, 56, 1119 Mayfair Road, C, president of the Champaign Beauty and Barber Supply Corp., died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 14, 1971) at Carle Foundation Hospital, U.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at University Place Christian Church. Dr. Raphael H. Miller Jr., will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Mittendorf Chapel.
Mr. James was born Aug. 10, 1914 at Ludlow, a son of George and Viola Johnson James. He was married Oct. 3, 1936, in Champaign, to Florence Victoria Poll, who survives.
Other survivors are three daughters, Mrs. C. Susan Connell, Clarksdale, Miss., Mrs. Judith Schorie, 2112 Seaton Court, C, and Nancy Beth, at home; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Harlan, 1501 Maplecrest Drive, C, and George, 1208 Market Street, C. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Mr. James attended Champaign High School and the University of Illinois.
He was a member of the board of directors of Security Building and Loan. He was also a member of University Place Christian Church, Champaign Rotary Club, Elks Lodge 298, Champaign Loyal Order of Moose, Champaign Country Club, Champaign Chamber of Commerce, and the National Assn. of Beauty and Barber Supply Dealers.
Mr. James was active in athletics in high school. He was best remembered by area residents as a fullback on the 1932 Champaign Maroons football team. In 1931, he scored the winning touchdown against Urbana after receiving a lateral from Otto Zimmerman.

The name of newspaper is missing but date is Monday, Feb. 15, 1971. Russell Lowell James died 14 Feb 1971.

Submitted by Robin Bango

Leslie James

Leslie L James, 85, formerly of Urbana, died Monday (Nov. 25, 1985) at the home of his daughter, Marilyn Roche of San Diego, Calif.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Mr. James was born Jan. 13, 1900, near Thomasboro, a son of Chauncy and Fannie Clements James. He married Jessie E. Waters on Aug 21, 1926. She preceded him in death.
Surviviors, in addition to his daughter, include two granddaughters; a brother, Chauncy James Jr. of Washington, D.C.; and a sister, Hortense Pons of Arlington, Va.
He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
Mr. James was a member of the crew of brick masons that built Memorial Stadium. He worked as a building trades instructor for inmates in the Federal Prison System for 25 years. After his retirement he was employed in building maintenance at the University of Illinois.
He was a veteran of World War I and was a 50-year member of both the American Legion and the Knights of Pythias No. 73. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Urbana.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Urbana.

The name and date of the newspaper have been cut off but Leslie Lorraine "Les" James died 25 Nov 1985.

Leslie James

Memorial services for Leslie L. James, 85, formerly of Urbana, will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Urbana, the Rev. Richard McGuire officiating.
Burial will be in Yearsley Cemetery, Somer Township.
Mr. James died Nov. 25, 1985, at San Diego, Calif.

Name and date of newspaper missing.

Submitted by Robin Bango

H. Clements, Ex-Urbana Man, Dies

Harry L. Clements, 55, a former resident of 804 West Clark street, Urbana, died of complications Saturday night after an illness of several weeks.
Funeral services for Mr. Clements, a retired drayman, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday from Leonard chapel with Reverend Stephen E. Fisher, pastor of the University Place Christian church, officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.
Mr. Clements, the son of John and Laura Clements, was born near Thomasboro March 20, 1885. He moved to Urbana a number of years ago. Surviving are a brother, Frank Clements, 804 West Clark street, Urbana, and a sister, Mrs. Chauncy James, Washington, D.C. Another sister, Mrs. Lulu Hapner, died in 1938.

The name and date of newspaper have been cut off but Harry Lloyde "Babe" Clements died in April 1940.

Submitted by Robin Bango


Sam Clements of the Centennial neighborhood northeast of Urbana, died Monday night at his home, following a year's illness. He was born May 1, 1853 in Gallatin county, Kentucky and came to Champaign county 60 years ago with his parents. He lived at Mayview for some time following the occupation of a blacksmith. On Jan. 1, 1880 he and Sarah B. Smith were married and since that time they have resided on a farm northeast of Urbana. Mr. Clements was the fourth son of a family of 10 children. Besides the widow he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mattie Battershell and two brothers, Robert and LaFayette Clements, all residing in the Centennial neighborhood. One sister and five brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Locust Grove church, Rev. Mr. Hill presiding. Burial will be in the Clements cemetery.

The name and date of newspaper have been cut off but Isaac Samuel "Sam" Clements died on 11 Jul 1922.

Submitted by Robin Bango

Hapner Rites To Be Tuesday

Former Champaign Resident Struck by Auto In California.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lulu Clements Hapner, 57, former resident of Champaign who died Wednesday morning in LaVerne, Calif., will be held at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday in Leonard's funeral home. Rev. Stephen E. Fisher, pastor of University Place Christian church, will officiate, and burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.
Mrs. Hapner died of injuries received when she was struck by an automobile while crossing the street in front of her home. The body will arrive here Monday evening.
Mrs. Hapner spent most of her life in Champaign, and for 25 years taught in rural schools near here. She was born Nov. 4, 1880, in Thomasboro, and was married to Perry E. Hapner in 1925. Mr. Hapner died several years ago, and in 1933 Mrs. Hapner moved to LaVerne where she had been living with Miss Hortense Lear.
She is survived by two brothers, Frank V. Clements and Harry L. Clements of 804 West Clark street, Urbana; one sister, Mrs. Fannie James of Washington, D. C., and an aunt, Mrs. Mattie Battershall, Urbana. Mrs. James and her daughter, Lulu Ellis, arrived here Friday evening to remain until after the services.

The names and date of newspaper have been cut off, but Loula Ethel "Lulu" (Clements) Hapner died 20 Apr 1938.

Submitted by Robin Bango

From the Pike County Democrat,
January 14, 1875:

We regret to announce the death of Mr. A. [Alexander] Taylor, familiarly known as Uncle Aleck, who died on Wednesday Jan. 6th [1875]. Mr. Taylor was an old resident of this vacinity [Pike County, Illinois], but for the last three years had resided near Tolono in this State. His remains arrived here on Saturday evening. He had many friends here and was universally regarded as an upright man.

Submitted by Lise Embley

I don't know the newspaper, but she died November 28, 1918 in Champaign and was buried at Woodlawn

Clarissa Jane Burnett was born near Bernadott, Fulton County, Illiniois, September 30, 1855, and passed away November 28, 1918, at the Burnham hospital in Champaign, following an operation for cancer, being at the time of her death 63 years, 1 month and 28 days old. She was married to Samuel Clary of Mansfield, Illinois, March 28, 1874, who proceeded her in death in 1912. To this union was born 11 children, all of whom are living and were present at the funeral, namely: Alice L VanGorder, Hartford, Michigan; Ida R. Shell, Farmer City, Illinois; Harriett E. Ruckman, Mansfield, Illinois; Effie M. Davis, Broadlands, Illinois; Stella C. Ihrig, Hartford, Michigan; Wm H Clary, Lohrville, Iowa; Walter F. Clary, Bondville, Illinois; Goldie F. Cook, Champaign, Illinois; Sylvia Burk, Erie, Penns; Jessie L. Fry, Staley, Illinois; Miss Edith Clary, at home. She leaves beside her children 32 grandchildren and one great grand child, her aged mother and two sisters and three brothers beside a host of relatives and friends. She was a member of the Christian Church in Urbana, and one ever ready to go where her duty called her. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The greater part of her life was spent in the vicinity of Mansfield, until about 15 years ago she moved to Champaign where she has since resided. The funeral services were held at her late home in Champaign, November 30, at 2:00 o'clock pm, and the body was laid to rest beside her late husband in Woodlawn cemetery in Urbana.

Farewell dear mother, sweet they rest.
Weary with years and worn with pain,
Farewell, till in some happy place,
We shall behold they face again.
Tis ours to miss thee, all our years,
And tender memories of thee keep.
Thine in the Lord to rest, for so,
He giveth His beloved sleep.

Submitted by Linda Garrett

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