Charles L. Persyn & Eliza Jane Thaxton (IL, MO, KS, AR)

Obituaries and death records of the family of Eliza Jane Thaxton (“Jennie”), b. 1872 in Illinois:


Decatur (Ill.) Daily Review, 26 Aug 1893:

Charles L. Persyn and Miss Eliza J. Thaxton, both of Mosquito township, Christian county, came to Decatur Monday, secured a marriage license and were married by Judge W. E. Nelson.

Decatur Daily Review, 28 Feb 1895:

Messrs. Persyn and Crawford of Christian county loaded their household effects here Monday and departed for Brunswick, Mo.



Alton Evening Telegram, 29 Nov 1940

Mrs. E. Herring Dies at Age 46

Mrs. Emma Herring, 46, wife of Pansy Herrings, died at 11:30 p. m., Thursday at her home on the Alton-Jerseyvllle road, where she had been in failing health for five years
and bed-fast for six months.

Mrs. Herring was born June 14, 1894 at Mounds, Ill. She had resided at the Alton-Jerseyvllle road residence for 22 years.

Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Beulah Stanka, East St. Louis, and Mrs. Pansy Windsor, Winchester. She also leaves five sisters, Mrs. Alma Williams,
Hoye [sic], Kans., Mrs. Mae Johnson, Wichita, Kan., Mrs. Sadie Moore, Florence, Kans., Mrs. Mary Ketton, Bosewell, Ark., Mrs. Ida Lane, Bosewell, Ark., three brothers, Ray and Earl Persyn of Cincinnati, O., and William of Marshall, Kans., and her father, Charles Persyn of Bosewell, Ark., and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Herring was a member of First Baptist Church of Snyder, Mo.

The body is at Streeper funeral home where funeral rites will be held Sunday at 3 p. m., with the Rev. O. W, Heggemeier, pastor of Evangelical Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.


Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, 29 Dec 2004:

Beulah M. Stanka, nee Herring, 92, of Caseyville, Ill., born Jan. 1, 1912, in Triplet, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at Collinsville Care Center, Collinsville, Ill.

Mrs. Stanka was a member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Caseyville, Ill., and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Prokup Patrick Stanka; her parents, Guy and Dora Emelie, nee Persyn, Herring; and two sons, William and Robert Stanka.

Surviving are two daughters, Gloria Latham of Wrights, Ill., and Linda (Michael) Raby of Caseyville, Ill.; a son, John (Sue) Stanka of Valmeyer, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Herr Funeral Home, Caseyville, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Caseyville, Ill., with the Rev. Joe Rascher officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.

HERR FUNERAL HOME, Caseyville, Ill.

Columbia Daily Tribune, 10 Jul 2008:

Florence E. Vaughan, 89, of Fayette passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Burial will follow in Mount Nebo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Florence was born on March 8, 1919, in Snyder to Theodore and Carrie Adams Persyn, and they preceded her in death. On Aug. 28, 1934, she was married to Harold A. Leaton. On May 16, 1947, she was married to Clarence Vaughan, and they both preceded her in death.

Florence loved cooking, canning vegetables, craft work and taking care of her family, especially.

Survivors include her sons, Raymond Leaton of Fayette, Gerald Leaton and Ralph Claxton both of Columbia; daughters, Thelma Furlong of Columbia, Carole Dodd of Jefferson City and Janetta Boring of Columbia and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her sons, Harold E. Leaton, Ervin Vaughan, Carl Vaughan and Roy West; daughters, Betty Owens, Neva Defibaugh and Trudy Walker.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia 65202. Tributes can be left online at http://www.memorialfuneralhomeand


Wichita Eagle, 20 Apr 2009

Persyn, James L., 77, passed away Apr. 18, 2009. Born to Clarence and Mildred Persyn on Mar. 5, 1932 in Manhattan, KS., James was a worker at Tucker’s Construction for 31 years and 22 years at Hawk’s Interstate. Visitation: 1-8 PM Tues., family present from 4-6 PM. Funeral Services: 2:00 PM Wed., also at Hillside East. He is survived by wife Gloria, sons Michael (Angie) Persyn and Donald Deringer; daughters Lesli (Jason) Shinkle and Tempe (John) Fitzpatrick; brother Merrill and sister Flossie, and 7 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by 2 brothers.


MARION – Larry M. Slifer, 63, Marion, died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita. A memorial service will be later.

He was born May 9, 1941, to Cecil and Sadie (Persyn) Slifer at Florence.

He was a residential construction contractor.

Survivors include two sons, Denny Slifer, Lawrence, and Henry Slifer, Marion; three daughters, Janette Dickerson, Ottawa, Shana Slifer, Newton, and Lari Slifer, Lawrence; two brothers, Lanny Slifer, Ottawa, and Gary Slifer, Oregon; and 13 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by three sisters.

His body was cremated. The memorial service will be announced later by Zelner Funeral Home, Marion.


Larry M. Slifer, Wichita
1941 – 2005
Wichita – Larry M. Slifer, 63, Marion, died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Robert J. Dole Medical Center in Wichita. He was cremated.

He was born May 9, 1941, in Florence, the son of Cecil and Sadie Amanda Marie Persyn Slifer.

Mr. Slifer was a residential construction contractor.

Survivors include two sons, Danny, Lawrence, and Henry, Marion; three daughters, Janette Dickerson, Ottawa, Shana Slifer, Newton, and Lari Slifer, Lawrence; two brothers, Lanny Slifer, Ottawa, and Gary Slifer, Oregon; and 13 grandchildren.

Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12 Jan 2000:
WALKER, BERTHA E.,95, Jan. 11, 2000; beloved wife of the late Robert Persyn and Morty Walker; dear mother of Eileen Finocchiaro; mother-in-law of the late Roy (Duke) Finocchiaro; grandmother of Karen (Anthony) Puleo, LeRoy (Mary) Finocchiaro and Robert (Joy) Finocchiaro; great-grandmother of 4 and great-great-grandmother of 2.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Robert P. Finocchiaro Jr. Scholarship Fund, Fox C6, Attn: Dottie Marty, 745 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO 63010. Private services held. Family assisted by VALHALLA CHAPEL.


Alton Telegraph, 03 May 1978:

Guy “Pansy” Herring, 90, of 533 E. Main St., East Alton, died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Wood River Township Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was the retired owner and operator of Pansy’s Tavern in Godfrey.

He married the former Emma Persyn who died in November, 1940.

Surviving are two daughters, Elsie Day of East Alton and Beulah Stanka of Caseyville; seven grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Bessie Belcher of Lemay, Mo.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday at Gent Funeral Home where services will be at 1 p.m. Friday with the Kev. David Weimer officiating.

Burial will be in Upper Alton Cemetery.

Wichita Eagle, 20 Feb 1989:

NELLIE RUTH (McCULLOUGH) DENNETT, 70, of Augusta, former Beech Aircraft Corp. employee, died Friday, Feb. 18, 1989. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dunsford Funeral Home.

Survivors: husband, Gerald C.; daughters, Shirley Ann Jackle of Douglass, Barbara White of Augusta; brother, Charles McCullough of Augusta; sister, Mary Ray of Fairplay, Mo.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Wichita Eagle, 25 Jun 2003:

AUGUSTA – McCullough, Charles R., 82, McCullough Jewelry owner, died Sunday, June 22, 2003. Graveside Service of Remembrance, 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2003, Elmwood Cemetery. Mr. McCullough was a WW II Army Veteran also Past Master of the Augusta Masonic Lodge and member of the Shrine Consistory.

Survivors: wife, Lora Waneta McCullough of Augusta; stepson, Pat Curtis of El Dorado; daughter and spouse, Gloria and Randy Miller of Wichita; stepdaughters and spouse, Helene and Bill McKay of Wichita, Elizabeth Morton of Augusta; sister, Mary Ray of Kansas City, KS; grandchildren, Amy and Erica Morton; great-grandchild, McKenzie Morton; niece and spouse, Barbara and John White of Augusta; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Hillside Funeral Home, Augusta.

Wichita Eagle, 24 Apr 1988:

AUGUST EDWARD JOHNSON, 74, of Wichita, retired Scott & Landers Electric Co. employee, died Saturday, April 23, 1988. Service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Old Mission Cemetery.

Survivors: daughters, Jan Johnson of Barberton, Ohio, Cindy Crownover of Wichita; brother, Dean of Evergreen, Colo.; sisters, Mildred Kasparek of Needles, Calif., Edna Kasparek of Englewood, Calif.; four grandchildren. Quiring-Old Mission Mortuary.

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