Obituaries of Charles Motlet Thackston (Jr.), Madison Co., IL & family

From the Edwardsville Intelligencer (Ill.), 15 Jan 1962, an obituary of Charles Motlet Thackston:


Charles Motlet Thackston, 76, of Glen Carbon, died at 5 p.m. Sunday at his home.  Mr. Thackston, a Glen Carbon resident 50 years, had been a mine superintendent about 55 years, retiring five years ago.

He was born in Eureka, Nev., on Dec. 20, 1885, the son of Charles M. and Sarah Davis Thackston.  His wife, the former Della Raney, whom he married in June 1918 in Springfield, survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James (Elizabeth) Slater, of Mansfield Center, Conn.; three grandchildren and three sisters.

Mr. Thackston was a member of Edwardsville Lodge 99, AF & AM, and Progressive Mine Workers of America, Local 3, Collinsville.  He was affiliated with the Glen Carbon Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Lesley Marks funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday until the services at 1 p.m. Wednesday.  The Rev. James L. Nettleton, pastor of St. John’s Methodist church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Tilden, Ill., cemetery.


From the Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer, 01 Nov 1965:

Della Thackston

Mrs. Della Mae Thackston of Collinsville street, Glen Carbon, died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Nettleton officiating. Interment will be at Tilden. Visitation will be at the Lesley Marks Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Thackston had resided in Glen Carbon the past 45 years and had previously made her home at Tilden. She was the daughter of the late Ira and Lydia Raney of Tilden. Her husband, Charles Motlet Thackston, whom she married in June, 1918, at Springfield, died Jan. 14, 1962. Three brothers are also deceased.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James (Elizabeth) Slater of Mansfield Center, Conn.; one brother, Joseph Raney of Sparta; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Thackston was a member of Chapter 667, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Monday Club and the WSCS of St. John’s Methodist Church, and the White Shrine of East St. Louis. She was also a member of the choir at St. John’s Church and had been a soloist for many years and an organist for the church school.

Services will be conducted by the Eastern Star Chapter at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


From the Park Ridge Times Herald or the Park Ridge Advocate (Ill.), 05 Mar 1943

Elizabeth Anne Thackston, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Thackston of Glen Carbon, Illinois, became the bridge of Ensign James Alexander Slater, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Slater of Park Ridge, in a lovely ceremony which took place at high noon on Saturday, February 20. Dr. Albert R. Ransom of St. Louis M. E. church of Edwardsville performed the nuptial rites.

Miss Frances Ambrozat of St. Louis and Miss Betty Haney of Kansas City attended the bride. Ensign Slater’s father was best man.

Following the ceremony the parents of the bride entertained at a wedding breakfast at the Lennox Hotel.

Both bride and bridegroom graduated from the University of Illinois where they received their degrees in 1942. The bridge taught English and science at Brookport (Illinois) high school. Her bridegroom received his commission on February 17 at the New York midshipman school at Columbia university. His bride will accompany him to his new assignment which will take him to Ohio State university at Columbus, Ohio.

Obituary of Charles’ son-in-law James Slater:

Hartford Courant, The (CT) – November 5, 2008

SLATER, Dr. James Alexander 

Dr. James Alexander Slater, 88, of Rockford, died at 9:10 P.M. Sunday (November 2, 2008). He was born January 10, 1920, in Belvidere, the son of Ray Alvin and Gladys Banks Slater. On February 20, 1943, he married Elizabeth Anne Thackston in St. Louis, MO. A Navy veteran of World War II, Dr. Slater served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres of Operation. Dr. Slater was Professor of Entomology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs from 1953-88. While at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Slater served as head of the zoology and entomology departments, head of the section of systematics and ecology and biological sciences group, and head of the section of systematic and evolutionary biology, biological sciences group. Dr. Slater also served as president of the Society of Systematic Zoology, the Connecticut Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, the National Milk Glass Collectors Society, and the Connecticut Entomological Society as well as vice president of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Association for Gravestone Studies. He was a member of many worldwide entomological societies and served as Connecticut state ornithologist. He was a prolific writer about Hemiptera and was the author of ”A Catalogue of the Lygaeidae of the World” (1964) as well as books on milk glass and colonial gravestones. Dr. Slater was an avid researcher and collected insects in Africa, Australia, Central America, and the West Indies. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; children James A. (Geraldine Gibbon-Slater) Slater II, Lawrence, KS; Jacquelyn Rae (John Alan) Neil-Boss, Belvidere; Samuel Thackston (Nicki Hall) Slater, West Hartland; and Lydia Ann Slater-Hintzsche, Poplar Grove; grandchildren Alexander Wolpe, Rockford, and Rae Wolpe, Cape Town, South Africa; two great-grandchildren Luka and Hannah Wolpe, both of Cape Town, South Africa; and cousin Carol Slater Howe, Belvidere. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, in Belvidere Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are entrusted to Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. Memorials in his name may be made to the Arc of Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle Counties. To share a memory or to light a candle, visit

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