Stoke Babbs, son of Joseph and Lucinda Babbs, was born in Ingram, Ill.,
Oct. 15, 1850, departed this life at Alfries, Florida, Feb. 23, 1930.
His father and mother died when he was an infant, and he was raised in Indiana by his uncle George Barnett. He later came to Illinois where he met and married Anna Chancy and they moved to Clay City. To this union three children were born. His faithful wife and companion preceded him in death January 4, 1908.
He joined the United Brethren Church at Flora, Ill. in 1905, at that time he was a resident of Flora and working for the B. & O. R. R., as he worked for the company for forty years and retired from active service in 1915. Since that time he has made his home mostly with his daughter in St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Maggie Boatman. But recently he went to Florida to visit relatives and friends, and where he passed away, as he had been in ill health for some time. He bore his affliction with great patience and passed away very peacefully to his final reward.
He leaves to mourn his departure, two sons, Dave and Edward Babbs of Elfries, Florida; one daughter, Mrs. Maggie Boatman of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Mrs. Opal Johnson of Palm Harbor, Fla.; Ernest Huff of Lexington, Mo., Clare Huff of Jacksonville, Ill., Donald and Muriel Babbs of Springfield, Ill.; one great-grand-daughter, June Johnson of Palm Harbor, Fla., and a host of other relatives and many friends.
"Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding,
O'er the spoil of death,
We would at this solom meeting
Calmly say, Thy will be done.
Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.