Marshall M. Jennings who passed away Saturday morning at his home just east of Virden, was born in North Otter township and spent all his life in Macoupin county, most all the time in this township. He was the son of James and Rachel Jennings. He had been in failing health for some time but only confined to his bed for a short while. He leaves his companion, four sons and four daughters, namely--James, this township; Ed., of near Carlinville; Grover, of near Hettick; Jess [sic], of near Virden; Mrs. Della Fullington, of Carlinville; Mrs. Nellie Hays and Mrs. Flossie Weller, of Virden, and Mrs. Dorothy Stamper, of North Otter. Two children preceded him in death. He leaves one brother, J. G. Jennings of North Otter, several grandchildren and quite a number of other relatives and sympathizing friends. Doc as he was usually called, was a good neighbor and will be missed by his family and neighbors as well. He was nearing his 75th birthday.
Marshall M. Jennings, youngest son of James and Rachel Shores Jennings, was born in North Otter township just a short ways west of Union Chapel church, on July 1, 1854. At the time of his death he was 74 years, 11 months and 7 days old. He grew to manhood and spent his entire life in Macoupin county. He was married to Miss Alice Adcock on March 28, 1896 [sic, should be 1886]. To this union eleven children were born, three of whom preceded their father in death in infancy. He leaves to mourn his going Home, his faithful wife, four sons and four daughters as follows; James of North Otter; Edgar, of Carlinville; Grover, of Hettick; and Jess [sic], of Virden; Mrs. Walter Fullington, of Carlinville; Mrs. Dan Hays [sic] and Mrs. Gilbert Weller, of Virden; Mrs. Harry Stamper of North Otter; also 26 grandchildren, one brother, J. G. Jennings of North Otter, and a host of relatives and friends.
He was converted in Christ at Union Chapel in a meeting conducted by Rev. B. E. Antrobus about 26 years ago, together with his wife, united with the Union Baptist church, remaining a faithful member until the Good Lord saw fit to call him Home.
I cannot think of them as dead
Who walk with me no more.
Along the Path of Life I tread
They have but gone before.
The Father's House is mansioned fair
Beyond my vision dim;
All souls are His and here or there
Are living under Him;
Mine are they by an ownership
Nor Time nor Death can free
For God hath given to love to keep
It's our Eternity.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Union Chapel, conducted by Rev. O. W. Shields of Girard, and interment made in the second addition to the cemetery. There was a very large attendance at the services.
The pallbearers were Lonnie and Alva Jennings of Ashland; Irvin, Lawrence and Roy Jennings, all nephews, and Floyd Jennings, a grandchild. Flower girls were Thelma Jennings, Velma Jennings, Verda Fullington, Edna Jennings, Wilma Jennings, Melva Weller and Welimeda Jennings. Those in charge of the song service were Mrs. Dennis Hays, Mrs. Owen Bivin, Mrs. Johnnie Hays, H. L. Wright and J. J. Gardner. Songs sung were "The End Of The Road," "Old Rugged Cross" and "The City That's Coming Down." Undertaker, C. M. Shane.