Clay County


Clara Lee Spilman, daughter of Rev. Jonathan Edwards Spilman, D. D., and Eliza Taylor Spilman, was born in Covington, Kentucky, July 17, 1857. Her early life was spent in Kentucky. She finished her education at Sayre College, Lexington, specializing in music.

Her father moved his family to Salem, Illinois, in 1877, where she met Geo. Wm. Andrews, whom she married July 29, 1879. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband; three children, Georgia Pritchett, of Springfield, Illinois; Edward S. Andrews, of Flora, Illinois, Jeanore Anderson, of Clay City, Illinois; four grandchildren, one brother, Lewis Spilman, of Knoxville, Tennessee; two sisters, Miss Anna Louise Spilman, of Flora, Illinois, and Mrs. Byrd Spilman Dewey, of Palm Beach, Florida.

Mrs. Andrews spent the greater part of her married life in Flora, Illinois, where she was an earnest and faithful member of the Presbyterian church. Later she with her husband, moved to Mississippi, where she resided until failing health necessitated her being brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anderson, at Clay City. In spite of all that loving care could do she passed away at 3:10 on the afternoon of July 5, 1930, aged 72 years, 11 months and 18 days.

She possessed a remarkable personality, meeting the duties of life squarely, sincerely and efficiently. Her thoughtfulness of others, her unselfishness and her willingness to serve was recognized by all. Her southern hospitality, her easy, charming and gracious manner won her a host of friends. In over fifty years of wedded life she proved herself a devoted wife and a loving mother.

Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest!
Whose waking is supremely blest;
No fear, no woe, shall dim the hour
That manifests the Savior's power.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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