Obituary: George B. McClellan Chorpenning, Washington County, Illinois, 1861-1919

George B. McClellan Chorpenning married Cora Belle Logan, daughter of Reuben Logan and Anna “Annie” Guthrie Logan. George Chorpenning is buried at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Pilot Knob Township, Washington County, Illinois. There is no extant grave marker, although there was one, according to Elsie Campbell Giacomo, who attended George Chorpenning’s funeral and visited the cemetery.

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Marriage of Reuben J. Chorpenning and Helen J. Buhrman, “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 4 April 1918

Reuben John Chorpenning was the son of George B. McClellan Chorpenning and Cora Belle Logan Chorpenning. Helen Jean Buhrman was the daughter of Theodore Buhrman and Nancy “Nannie” Kerr Buhrman. Al Logan (erroneously listed as A.L. below) was Reuben Chorpenning’s cousin. “Mrs. A.L. Logan” — DeIna Ruth Buhrman — was Helen Buhrman’s sister.


Photograph: Arkell Pursell and hunting and fishing buddy, Rudy Caupert, Perry County, Illinois, circa 1936

Roy Arkell Pursell, son of Phillip Roy Pursell and Pluma Catherine Jones Pursell, was born 19 December 1899 in Coulterville, Randolph County, Illinois. He married Carrie Gladys Williamson, daughter of William F. Williamson and Margaret Guthrie Logan Williamson. Carrie Williamson was born 6 August 1905 in Oakdale, Washington County, Illinois. Roy Arkell Pursell died 13 January 1970. Carrie died 25 September 1993. They are buried at IOOF Cemetery, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois.

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Photograph donated by Irene Pursell Dixon

Obituaries, Bertha V. Coates Flare, Coulterville, Randolph County, Illinois, 1926-2004

Bertha V. Flare

Bertha V. Flare, 78, of Coulterville, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 9 p.m. at Senior Manor Nursing Center in Sparta. She was a lifelong resident of Coulterville and a member of the First Baptist Church in Coulterville. She was born January 6, 1926 in Swanwick to Grover and Tillie Gass Coates.

She married Jerry Flare September 16, 1968. He preceded her in death January 18, 1979. She is survived by one niece, Rosie Lawless of Coulterville. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Benjamin Coates, one sister, May Giacomo and a dear friend, Harry Brenning.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2004 at First Baptist Church in Coulterville with Rev. Kenneth Robinson officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery in Rice. Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Coulterville was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Newspaper unknown, contributed by Helen Tanner Benson (paragraphs condensed)

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Source: Pinckneyville Democrat, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, shared by Helen Tanner Benson