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Luther Sanford Obituary 1915

Sied in Lexington, Illinois

Luther Beasley Is Called Suddenly

The Pantagraph Bloomington, Illinois November 28, 1925

Dies From Heart Failure Friday While At Work Husking Corn

Luther Beasley, of Reva, Virginia, a former Lexington resident, who has been visiting for several weeks at the home of relatives at Lexington, was found dead Friday morning about seven o'clock in a field southeast of town near the home of his niece, Mrs. Earl Warner, where he had gone to shuck corn.

Mr. Beasley had lived in Lexington for many years until two and a half years ago when he moved to Virginia. He came back to Lexington recently with the intention of making this city his home again and expected Mrs. Beasley to arrive from the south within a few days. He had not been feeling well Thursday night, but went into the field to shuck corn Friday morning and was found dead about seven o'clock, presumably from heart failure.

He was born in Virginia, March 15, 1859, and moved to Lexington when but sixteen years old. He was united in marriage forty-five years to Metalla Claggett, who died January 23, 1915. After his return to Virginia, he was married in September, 1916, to Dora Kilby, who survives.

The following surviving children were born to his first marriage: J.T. Beasley of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Beulah Garrett of Lexington; Mrs. Frances Grimes of Normal; Guy, of Chicago, Felix of Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Ruth Ricketts, of Lexington and Catherine, of Chicago.

Funeral services were held from the Baptist Church in Lexington at two o'clock with the pastor, Rev. Edwin Erickson, in charge. A quartet composed of Mesdames Gilbert Jenkins and EStelle F. Mowdy and Messrs. Joe Leach and Ira Whiteman, sang.

The pallbearers were: William Anderson, Clayton Ballinger, Mack Wick, Edward Murphy, T.M. Patton and H.E. Flesher. Interment was made in the Lexington Cemetery.

Those from a distance in attendance were: Lillian Taylor and Mrs. Bessie Corbon, of Reva, Virginia. All of the children were present except Felix, of Detroit.