George Washington Gilley son of Reuben and Jane Gilley born in Marion County, Mar 8, 1867 and departed this life at Olney, Illinois, October 2, 1946, at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was the youngest son in a family of 4 boys and 2 girls, all of whom have gone on before him. On Oct 10, 1888 he was united in marriage to Nora Krutinger To this union seven children were born, Carl, Earl, Edna, Edith, Earnest, Nora and Jane. His companion and four children preceded him in death. The greater part of his life was spent in Clay County. Forty-four years ago he professed faith in Christ and united with the Iola Baptist Church, being baptized by Elder E. PATTON. As long as health permitted he was faithful for his church attendance. For the past 34 months he was a patient in the Summers Hospital where he bore his suffering patiently. He appreciated any thing done for him, the kindness of the nurses who ministered to him, the visits, flowers, cards and letters from friends. All these things meant so much to him. He was a faithful companion, a kind father, and possessed many virtues which distinguished him as a friend and neighbor. He leaves to mourn his departure 3 daughters, Edna THOMPSON, Olney, Edith VINCENT of Iola, and Jane EAST, Salem, 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted by Elder A. W. PHILLIPS in the Iola Baptist Church at 2 PM October 4. Burial was made at Iola Cemetery. Card of Thanks: We wish to express our sincere thanks for the kindness of our neighbors and friends during the illness and death of our father. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence THOMPSON, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford VINCENT, Mrs. Jane EAST. Companion news item in The Farina News: Mr. and Mrs. Rolland JONES and Miss Betty BROWN spend Friday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Wyette JONES and Robert WAYNE. Mrs. Zella MCGEE and Mrs. Nelle CRUSE spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Mary NEWTON of Little Prairie. Mrs. Cena JONES visited her daughter, Mrs. Helen WOODS in Louisville Friday. Ira ROBERTSON and Victor LEWIS have returned from Wyoming. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard SANDERS and Mrs. Ollie COX and daughter, Wilma, attended a birthday dinner of a relative at LeClede Sunday before last. Mr. and Mrs. Lee MITCHELL and son, Perry, visited Mr. and Mrs. Robert ELKIN Sunday. Mrs. and Mrs. Rolland JONES of Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. Garent BLAIR, Mr. and Mrs. Wyette JONES and son, Robert WAYNE, Miss Betty BROWN, Mrs. Lottie WEAVER and Mrs. Hope GARLING and daughter Judy Kay, spent Sunday at Patterson Lake, boat riding. Those attending from out of town attending the funeral of Mr. George GILLEY Friday afternoon were: Mr. and Mrs. James MORE, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Delbert WOLBER, Dixon; Owen SKEEN, Loyd GILLEY, Edd GILLEY and Reuben GILLEY of Sandoval; Mr. and Mrs. Francis GILLEY of Edwardsville; Mr. and Mrs. Less THALMAN, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Fred GILLEY of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. WHITTENBURG and Mrs. Mattie CHANCE of Kinmundy; Mrs. Alva MYERS, Mrs. Elizabeth Bay and Mr. and Mrs. Edd Thompson of Flora; Mrs. Elmer TUBBS, Salem; and Mrs. Dwight ASHWORTH, Salem; Mrs. Grover ROOP, Salem; Mrs. Orval DEFRATES, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Carl MOORE, Salem; Mrs. Marion BOUSEMAN, Farina; Mrs. Ralph BOUSEMAN, Farina.
Contributed June 1998 by Melissa Thompson Alexander