Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Spurlin / Spurling

The  Shelbyville  News
March 2, 2004
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Edith Spurling, 92, of Shelbyville, died Monday, March 1, 2004.
Born Dec. 6, 1911, in Marion County, Kentucky, d/o  William and Lucy (Gribbons) Bright.
Married George Spurling  on Oct. 26, 1927, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 1988.
Survivors include two sons, John Spurling  of Edinburgh and  George Spurling  of Shelbyville; two daughters, Geneva Potter  and  Genevieve Kelly, both of Shelbyville; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one son, James H. Spurling, one grandson, five brothers and four sisters.
Lived in Shelbyville for 64 years.  Previously lived in Marion County, Ky.
Homemaker.
Employed with Cinch Manufacturing Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1978.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.  Rev. Tom True officiating.
Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, January 26, 2004
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James H. Spurling, 68, of Manilla, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004.
Born Nov. 18, 1935, in Spurlington County, Kentucky., s/o  George  and  Edith (Bright) Spurling.
Survivors include his mother of Shelbyville; three daughters,  Mary Hardin  of Indianapolis,  Shirley Brown  and  Ruth Spurling, both of Manilla; two brothers,  John William Spurling  and  Junior Spurling, both of Shelby County; two sisters,  Geneva Potter  and  Genevive Kelly, both of Shelbyville; and three granddaughters.
Preceded in death by his father.
Lifelong Manilla resident.
Employed at Manilla Grain Co., in Manilla, for 30 years, retiring in 1992.
Glen E. George Funeral Home, 106 E. Franklin St. in St. Paul.
Rev. Tom True officiating.
Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery, in Shelby County.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, August 25, 2000
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Ruth Spurling, 83, Waldron, died today, Waldron.
Born Feb. 2, 1917, in Switzerland County, d/o  Charles E. and  Florence M. (Holdcraft) Davis.  Married  Julian Spurling on Nov. 2, 1935, and he preceded her in death on June 21, 1986.
Homemaker.  She was a member of Waldron Baptist Church, Waldron; taught Sunday school for 40 years.
Survivors include two daughters,  Mrs. Jim (Helen) Ash, Shelbyville, and  Mary Lamb, Waldron; one brother,  Howard Davis, Moores Hill; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by four brothers and seven sisters.
Waldron Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve Holland officiating.
Burial Star Cemetery, Decatur County.
Glenn E. George Funeral Home, St. Paul.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, June 19, 2000
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Delva M. “Del” Spurlin, 61, lifetime Shelbyville resident, died Friday.
Born Sept. 12, 1939, in Shelbyville, s/o  Delva M. and  Ruth (Worden) Spurlin
Married  Patsy (Tucker) Spurlin  on June 3, 1961.
Graduated from barber college in Cleveland, Ohio, and owned and operated Del Spurlin Barber Shop, Shelbyville, for 40 years.
Member of First Baptist Church, Eagles Lodge 766, Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 70, all of Shelbyville.
Survivors:  wife;  2 sons, Tony Spurlin, Greensburg, and  Dean Spurlin, Shelbyville;  2 sisters, Brenda Cooney, Shelbyville, and  Judy Strickland, Cleveland, Ohio;  2 brothers, Carl Claridge, Marietta, and  Arthur Claridge, Shelbyville; 5 grandchildren.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with the Rev. Harry Mattingly officiating.
Burial:  Miller Cemetery, Shelby County.
Contributions:  Hospice of Shelby County.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming



The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday,  September 22, 1976
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Mrs. Ethel Spurlin, 83, died Tuesday, September 21, 1976, Beech Grove.
Moved from Shelbyville to Indianapolis; to Turtle Creek Nursing Home in October, 1973.
Born July 4, 1893, Osgood, d/o  John  and  Elizabeth Catherine Pickett Degolyier.
Married  Clarence Spurlin  on September 10, 1912, Versailles.  He died in 1954.
Attended Salvation Army.
Surviving:  children  Mrs. Jack (Catherine) Price, Shelbyville,  Mrs. James (Averlial) CollinsMrs. Raymond (Gertrude) Medsker  and  Donald G. Williams, all of Indianapolis,  John William Spurlin, Huntington Beach, California  and  Rupert (Jim) Spurlin, Grant's Pass, Oregon;  sixteen grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Rev. Lavern Wing officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday,  September 21, 1976
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Mrs. Ethel Spurlin, 83, died Tuesday, September 21, 1976, Beech Grove.
Former Shelbyville resident.
Murphy Mortuary.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Central  Kentucky  News-Journal
July 30, 1968
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          Jesse Hershel Spurling, 67 years of age, died at his home in Shelbyville, Indiana, July 23 after a long illness.  He was formerly of Taylor County but had lived in Indiana 20 some years.  He is survived by his wife,  Mamie Gribbins Spurling,  and six children of Indiana; one sister,  Mrs. Floy Bottoms  of Mannsville and several cousins and other relatives in this county.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, July 23, 1968
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MR.  SPURLING,  66,  DIES  HERE
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Rites Thursday for Shelbyville Carpenter
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Jesse H. Spurling, 68, Ash Lane, died Monday at Major Hospital.
Born Mannsville, Ky., May 4, 1902, s/o  William L. and  Siddie Thomas Spurling.
Married  Mayme E. Gribbins  on October 8, 1922;  she survives.
Also surviving:  children, Mrs. Charles (Geneva) Kaster,  J. C. Spurling,  Mrs. Ned (Jeanetta) Fitx  and  Donald D. Spurling, all of Shelbyville,  Henry L. Spurling  of Waldron,  William H. Spurling of Columbia S.C.,  Mrs. William (Ina Fern) Fisher, Weisbaden, Germany, and  Mrs. Amy (Gloria) Halber  of Lakeland, Florida;  19 grandchildren;  sister, Mrs. Floy Bottoms, Mannsville, Ky.
Carpenter.
Lived in Shelbyville for 25 years.
Member of the Shelbyville Baptist Temple and Woodmen of the World lodge.
Services:  Murphy Mortuary with Rev. Harold Garoutte officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, January 20, 1968
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GUN  ACCIDENT
FATAL  TO  BOY
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Rites To Be Monday
For Ricky Spurling
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          Funeral services will be conducted here Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the Murphy Mortuary for  Ricky J. Spurling, 14, of 26 Ash Lane, who died Friday about 8:00 p.m. of a gunshot wound which police said apparently was accidentally fired by a companion.  Death occurred in Community Hospital at Indianapolis following surgery in an attempt to save his life.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
          Police authorities said the Spurling boy, son of  Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Spurling,  was shot in the temple with a .22 caliber bullet from a six-shot single-action revolver held by  Allen Dale Johnson,  15, of 1237 Elm St.  Police Chief Robert Nolley  said officers and the emergency ambulance were called at 10:27 a.m. Friday to the home of  Mr. and Mrs. David William Snyder,  722 Berkeley Drive, where the shooting occurred.  The wounded youth was first rushed to Major Hospital and then to Community Hospital.
          Police said according to a statement by the Johnson boy, he and the Spurling youth were at the Johnson home when they decided to visit  Debbie Snyder.  Chief Nolley said the three youngsters were the "best of friends" and had gone into the living room of the Snyder home to put away a pool table.  Nolley said that, according to Johnson, Spurling took a toy gun from a rack on the wall and Johnson took the revolver from Snyder's gun rack against another wall.  Police said Johnson told them he asked the Snyder girl if the gun was loaded and she replied that she did not know.  The Johnson youth, according to police, said he then pointed the revolver at Spurling, waved it and said, "Ain't that scary?" At that time, the gun accidentally discharged with the bullet striking Spurling in the temple, the police report said.  All three youngsters were out of school because of a semester-end holiday.
          The Spurling boy was born in Shelbyville Sept. 4, 1953 and was an eighth grade pupil in the Junior High School.  Surviving besides the parents, are four brothers,  Timothy,  Jay,  Alan,  Aaron D.Benjamin K. Spurling, all at home, and the grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Spurling  and  Mrs. Gladys Hewitt,  all of Shelbyville.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
March 6, 1954
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Clarence Spurlin Dies at Hospital
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Clarence Spurlin, 70, died today at Major Hospital.
Lived at  Yarling  Trailer Court.
Born September 5, 1883, Marietta, s/o  Elihew  and  Nancy Woods Spurlin.
Married  September 10, 1912,  Ethel Begalyier.
Survivors:  wife;  2 sons, John  and  Rupert Spurlin, both of California;  3 daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Glasser  of Indianapolis,  Mrs. Catherine Stanley  of Valparaiso,  Mrs. Averial Wertz  of Shelbyville;  3 sisters,  Mrs. Algeria Almont  of Seattle, Washington,  Mrs. Emma Lee Church  of Reno, Nevada,  and  Mrs. Amanda Pope  of Shelbyville;  10 grandchildren.
Three brothers and a sister preceded.
Lifelong resident of Shelby county.
Former member of Redmen Lodge.
Murphy Mortuary with Rev. Aonzo Hamilton officiating.
Burial:  Miller Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, April 24, 1950
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HEART  AILMENT  CAUSES  DEATH
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Ora Enos Spurlin Succumbs At Home;
Funeral Tuesday
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          Ill or the past 10 years, with a heart ailment and in a critical condition for four weeks, Ora Enos Spurlin  retired farmer, died at his home 10 miles southwest of this city in Washington township Sunday at 9:45 a.m.  He was 76 years of age.
          Mr. Spurlin, who resided in this city for 20 years, and formerly was employed with the local street department, was born in Lewis Creek on Feb. 8, 1874.  He was the son of  Franklin  and  Amanda (Sullivan) Spurlin.
          On December 26, 1892, he was married to  Maude Spurlin,  who survives with two of three children born to the union.  The children are  Raymond Spurlin  of this city and  Mrs. Alma Young  of Marion township.  Also surviving are three grandchildren, six great-granchildren and one sister, Mrs. John McCalip, of Shelbyville.
          Funeral rites will be held at the Murphy Mortuary Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.  Rev. E. V. Wilson will officiate.  Interment will be in the Flat Rock cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, August 25, 1949
[weekly paper]
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MRS. SPURLIN  DIES  IN  HOSPITAL
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From the daily of Monday, August 22:
          Funeral services for  Mrs. Bertha Spurlin, 53, widow of  Dalton A. (Sprout) Spurlin, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Murphy Mortuary.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 6:00 p.m. tonight.  Dr. Walter R. Hand will officiate at the last rites.  Mrs. Spurlin, whose home was at 124 1/2 E. Broadway, died at the W. S. Major Hospital Sunday morning at 6:45 after suffering for the past 10 days with an abdominal ailment.  She had been employed as an operator with the local Bell Telephone Company for the past five years.  The daughter of  Joshua and Ora Alice (Cherry) Clark, she was born in this city on April 18, 1896.  She and Mr. Spurlin operated the Shelbyville Credit Bureau for several years before his death on October 19, 1940.  Mrs. Spurlin was the last of her immediate family and the only survivors are several cousins.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday November 22, 1945
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EVERETT  SPURLIN
DIES  AT  HOME
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Former County Man
Succumbs in New Salem
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          Everett Spurlin, age fifty-two, former resident of Shelby county, died at his home in New Salem Tuesday evening at 6:15 o’clock.  He had been ill for the past year with a complication of diseases and his condition had been serious for the last four months.
          Mr. Spurlin was born in Shelby county June 27, 1892, the son of  John and  Sarah Miller Spurlin.  He moved to New Salem in 1935 and operated a filling station there.
          He is survived by the widow, the former  Miss Dorothy Wilbur; one daughter and two sons,  Sharon Kathleen Spurlin and  Eugene and  Donnie Wayne Spurlin, at home; one brother and one sister, Chester Spurlin and  Mrs. Ollie Maple, of this city, and two aunts and one uncle,  Mrs. John McCalip,  Mrs. Sina Jackson  and  Ora Spurlin, also of this city.
          Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m.. at the late home with Rev. William Knox, pastor of the local Wesleyan Methodist church, and Rev. Gordon Smith, of New Salem, officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday June 24, 1944
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MRS. RALPH  P. SPURLIN  DIES  AT  RESIDENCE
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Victim  of  Kidney  Ailment;  Ill  Many  Months
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          Mrs. Leora M. Spurlin, age 43, wife of Ralph P. Spurlin, died Thursday at 9:50 p.m. at her home at 126 west South street.  Mrs. Spurlin had been ill with a kidney ailment for several months and had recently undergone major surgery.
          She was born in Rushville on August 1, 1900, the daughter of John S. and Ida A. Wilson.  She attended the Shelbyville High school and the Terhune Business College.  Her marriage to Mr. Spurlin took place on October 15, 1921.  He survives with two children,  Miss Joan Spurlin, a student nurse at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, and  Miss Phyllis Spurlin, at home.  A sister,  Mrs. C. G. Schalk, of Logansport, and a brother,  Clarence Wilson, of Hollywood, California, also survive.
          Funeral services will be held at the Loren H. Murphy funeral home Monday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev, A. J. Spaulding officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the late residence at 126 west South street after noon Saturday and at the funeral home from 12:30 Monday until the hour of the funeral.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday February 29, 1944
Page 1 column 7
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FUNERAL  SERVICE  FOR
COUNTY  NATIVE  TODAY
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Final Tribute to Be Paid Charles Sandefur
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          Charles M. Sandefur, 75-year-old Shelby county native, died Sunday at 12:55 p.m. in his home, 608 south Miller Street, following an extended illness.
          Funeral services will be conducted today at 2:00 p.m. at the West Street Methodist Church, with the Rev. A. J. Spaulding, pastor, officiating.  Burial in Forest Hill cemetery will be in charge of Edwards & Kohlmeyer.  Friends may call at the late home at any time.
          Mr. Sandefur was born in Marietta on July 11, 1869, the son of  Wesley and  Martha (Davis) Sandefur, and was one of 13 children.
          On March 15, 1900, he was married to Loreta Evans, and to this union a daughter, who died in infancy was born.  Surviving are the widow and a brother, Sylvester Sandefur, of Shelbyville.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, October 21, 1940
[daily paper]
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[a picture accompanies the article]
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SERVICES  FOR  A. D. SPURLIN
TO  BE  TUESDAY
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          Final rites for A. Dalton Spurlin, 48 years old, secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce and head of the Shelbyville Credit Bureau, who died at 8:00 Saturday morning in his home at 115 east Broadway, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Loren H. Murphy funeral home.  The Rev. Walter P. Halbert will officiate.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Mr. Spurlin had been ill for the last two years.  Mr. Spurlin had been unable to continue his work at the two business organizations' headquarters here for many months, but had been retained in both the posts.  Although his condition had been of a more or less serious nature throughout his illness, it did not become critical until Friday.  Mr. Spurlin was a lifelong resident of the county.  The son of  Marion W. and  Mary E. Spurlin, he was born November 24, 1891.   He attended the public schools and Shelbyville high school and on July 6, 1918, he was married to Bertha Clark, of this city.  The widow survives with two brothers, Ralph P. Spurlin, of Shelbyville, and  Arvel, of Brownstown, and several uncles and aunts.  His parents preceded him in death.  Pallbearers for the funeral services will be  Horace Yarber,  Verne Keigh,  Clyde Moore,  Earl Neu,  Robert Money and  Elmer Cord.  Members of the Masonic lodge, of which Mr. Spurlin was a member, will conduct graveside services at the cemetery. Friends may call at the Murphy funeral home at any time.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday April 18, 1938
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FUNERAL  TO  BE  HELD  TUESDAY
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William Sandefur, 70, Dies Here
after Illness of Two Years
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          William S. Sandefur, age 70, lifelong resident of this city, died at his home, 821 Meridian street, at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, following an illness of two years.
          Mr. Sandefur had been engaged in the carpenter business here for the past several years.  He was the son of  Wesley and Martha Davis Sandefur.
          On October 28, 1866, he was united in marriage to  Laura Bell Tucker, and to this union seven children were born, six of whom survive.  Mrs. Ethel Atwood, of this city;  Mrs. John R. Smith, of Shelby county;  Hubert Sandefur,  Carl and  Earl Sandefur, of this city, and  Arthur Sandefur, of Shelby county.
          Survivors include four brothers, Harvey, Ves, Charles and Otis, all of this city, sixteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
          The deceased was a member of Wesleyan Methodist church.  Funeral services will be held at the church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. George Cole, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the Second Mt. Pleasant cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.  Friends may call at the late home after 4 p.m. Monday.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday March 21, 1934
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DEATH  FOLLOWS  LONG  SICKNESS
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Mrs. Mary  Elizabeth  Spurlin,  64,  Died  Yesterday
At  Home  610  S. Tompkins  Street
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DECEASED  LEAVES  3  SONS
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          Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Spurlin, 64 years old, died at 4:30 yesterday afternoon in her home, 610 South Tompkins street, after being in failing health for the past fifteen months.  Mrs. Spurlin had been bedfast since November 9.  She had been a resident of Shelbyville for twenty-five years.
          The deceased was born January 15, 1870, and was the daughter of  Samuel and  Elizabeth Cochran Hawkins.  On October 20, 1890, she was united in marriage with  Marion W. Spurlin, who preceded her in death in 1911. To this union was born three sons,  Dalton,  Ralph  and  Arvel Spurlin, all of Shelbyville.
          Besides the three sons, Mrs. Spurlin leaves two grandchildren,  Joan  and  Phyllis Spurlin; three brothers,  Sanford Hawkins, of Jackson township;  Ed Hawkins, of Lewis Creek;  J. A. Hawkins, of Columbus, Ohio, and one foster sister,  Mrs. Howard Zimmerman, of Richmond, Indiana.
          Mrs. Spurlin was a lifelong member of the Wesleyan Methodist church, and until illness prevented, taught a children’s Sunday school class.
          The body has been moved to the Charles M. Ewing funeral home on North Harrison street, where friends may call at any time until 12:00 noon, Friday. Funeral services will be conducted at the Wesleyan Methodist church Friday at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. C. G. Payne, assisted by the Rev. E.A. Crim, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery, in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday March 19, 1929
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DEATH  OCCURS  MONDAY  NOON
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George Washington Spurlin Died
After Long Illness At His Home Monday
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BURIAL  SERVICE  WEDNESDAY
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          Funeral services for George Washington Spurlin who died Monday noon at his home in Washington township, will be conducted at the mausoleum north of the city at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon.  Short services will be held at the home at one o’clock. Rev. Bennett, pastor of the Flat Rock M.E. church, will officiate, at both services.  Interment will be in the mausoleum in charge of Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.
          Mr. Spurlin’s death came following a long illness of a complication of diseases.  He was born January 1, 1847 near Lewis Creek in Washington township being at the time of death eighty-two years old.  His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Spurlin.  On December 29, 1866 he was married to Miss Eliza Hupp.  To this union six children were born, three of whom survive.  Mr. Spurlin was a member of the Flat Rock Methodist church.
          Surviving are the widow,  Mrs. Eliza Spurlin; two sons,  Ivory Spurlin of Hancock county,  Marvin of Indianapolis, and one daughter,  Mrs. Maude Spurlin; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday November 23, 1926
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DEATH  OCCURS  MONDAY  NIGHT
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Mrs. Sarah Spurlin Dies At Hospital
After Operation For Gall Stones
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FUNERAL  TO  BE  WEDNESDAY
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          Mrs. Sarah A. Spurlin, age 60, of 841 Meridian street, died at ten o’clock Monday night at the Major Memorial Hospital where she was operated on two weeks ago for gall stones.  She was the daughter of the late  John and  Sarah Miller and was born in Washington township, Shelby county November 3, 1866.
          The deceased was the wife of John Martin Spurlin, who died May 23, 1916.  Of the four children born to the union, one died in infancy and three survive. They are  Mrs. Fred [Ollie A.] Maple and  Everett and  Chester Spurlin of this city.  She is also survived by three brothers,  Anderson,  Jesse  and  Martin Miller, all of this city; and two sisters,  Mrs. Mary Stephens of near Lewis Creek, and  Mrs. Vina Carter, of Florida.
          Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Maple, 1047 Meridian street in charge of the Rev. Jacob Hester, of Arlington and the Rev. C.G. Payne.  Burial will be in the Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph Edwards, funeral director.
Contributed by Barb Huff



The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday August 8, 1922
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AGED  LADY  DIED  MONDAY  NIGHT
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Mrs. Amelia J. Spurlin Passed Away
At Her Home After Lingering Illness
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FUNERAL  SERVICE  THURSDAY
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          Mrs. Armilda J. Spurlin, age 84 years, widow of Joshua Franklin Spurlin, died Monday night at 11:20 o’clock, at her home, 325 Colescott street.  She had been in ill health for a year and for four weeks had been confined to her bed suffering from a complication of diseases.
          Mrs. Spurlin was born [March 5, 1838] in Kentucky, but had lived in Shelby county since she was two years old.  Mrs. Spurlin was a charter member of the Wesleyan Methodist church at Lewis Creek.  Her husband died six years ago. 
She leaves three daughters,  Mrs. Flora Fately,  Mrs. Herschel [Sina M.] Jackson and  Mrs. John [Amanda J.] McCalip, of Shelbyville, and one son  Ora Spurlin, of Lewis Creek.  Fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren also survive.
          Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at two o’clock, the Rev. Jacob Hester, of Carthage, officiating assisted by the Rev. Hunter, of Lewis Creek.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery, C.F. Fix & Son in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Tipton  Tribune
Friday May 28, 1920
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BURIAL OF MRS. SPURLIN
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          Rev. George D. Foster conducted the funeral services for Mrs. Wilford [Cerena Lamar] Spurlin at the Hemlock Baptist church Saturday morning at 10 o’clock and the burial took place in the Albright cemetery.
          Mrs. Spurlin, age 84 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lina Woodards  in Greentown, where she made her home since the death of her husband.  Rev. Spurlin and wife were residents of Tipton county for a number of years and were held in the highest esteem.  The death of Rev. Spurlin occurred in Tipton one year and two months ago, having come to this city when he retired from the ministry.  Mrs. Spurlin had lived a good life of noble Christian character, holding her church membership in the Separate Baptist of the Rock Prairie congregation.
          Those from Tipton who attended the funeral were  Mrs. Ory Summers and son  Paul Mrs. Dora Cage,  Mrs. S. Howard  and  Mrs. Wilson Cottingham.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday March 28, 1919
Page 1 column 5
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OLD  CITIZEN  IS  DEAD
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Resided In Shelby County 50 Years Ago;
Died At Home in Tipton
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WAS  MARRIED  HERE
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          Mr. and Mrs. Rosa Spurlin of 209 east Hendricks street, have received word of the death of the  Rev. Wilfred H. Spurlin at his home in Tipton.  The Rev. Spurlin was a brother of Joshua Spurlin who lived on Colescott street and of  Ithamar Spurlin who lived in east Broadway.
          Deceased was born in Butler county, Ohio in 1833 but came to Shelby county when a child.  In 1853 he was married to  Cerena Lamar.  This couple lived happily together for the long period of 65 years the passing on of her good husband leaving her to mourn his loss.  They moved from Shelby county to Tipton county in 1872.  He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1860.  He continued in his work until physical disabilities forced him to retire.  The Rev. Spurlin has many relatives now living in this county.  His funeral will be held Saturday.
Contributed by Barb Huff



The  Tipton  Tribune
Thursday March 20, 1919
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PIONEER  MINISTER  DEAD
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Rev. W. H. Spurlin Expired at His Home in This City
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          Rev. Wilford H. Spurlin died at his home, corner of Maple and Armstrong street, Wednesday evening about eight o’clock, of complications incident to old age.
          Rev. and Mrs. Spurlin have been residents of Tipton county for over fifty years.  He was born in Butler county, Ohio June 16, 1833 and was the son of Joshua and Hester (Layman) Spurlin.  His parents moved to Indiana locating at Shelby county when he was only a few months old and he was reared and educated in that county.
          November 17th, 1853 he was married to Miss Cerena Lamar and they went to housekeeping on a farm in Shelby county, which occupation he followed for many years.
          In 1860 he was ordained a minister of the gospel in the Baptist church and had served in many different pastorates and had perhaps officiated at as many weddings, baptisms and funerals as any other minister in the state.
          Since moving to Tipton county he had ceased from active labors and lived a quiet life, but still giving counsel, consolation and sympathy to those with whom he came in contact, and his home was one of good cheer and comfort, always open to friends and the needy ones.  He had been through his earlier and middle life and was one of the most active citizens and prominent in the affairs of the county, and always wielding an influence for good.
          He came to Tipton county in 1872 and located in Liberty township near the Howard county line, and for several years held active pastorates of churches in Tipton and Howard counties, besides preaching in many other districts.  Deciding to retire from active life he bought residence property in Tipton and they have since resided here.
          Surviving Rev. Spurlin is his faithful wife to whom he had been wedded more than sixty-five years and three children, who are  Mrs. Lina Wooters, of Greentown,  Mrs. Rosa Mills and  J. F. Spurlin of Hemlock, eleven grandchildren,  Dallie Wooters,  Grover Wooters,  Walter Wooters,  Lora Mills,  Mrs. Elsie Dillon,  Mrs. Myrtle Tribble,  Mrs. Hazel Underriner,  Miss Cecil Mills,  Wilford Spurlin,  Kern Yager  and  Mrs. Emily Mason.  There are also twenty-two great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, two sisters  Mrs. Esther Pherigo,  Mrs. Amanda Sullivan, and one brother,  Washington Spurlin.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the late home Saturday morning at 10:00 o’clock, by Rev. Omer McCoy of Greentown.  Burial will be at Union Chapel cemetery one mile west of Fairfield in Howard county.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday May 23, 1916
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MARTIN  SPURLIN  DEAD
AFTER  LONG  ILLNESS
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Had Been Lifelong Resident of Shelby County
Funeral Services At Home On Thursday Morning
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          Martin Spurlin, fifty-five years old, died at three twenty o’clock Tuesday morning at his home, No. 321 Meridian street.  Death was caused by a complication of diseases and followed an illness covering the last three years.  Mr. Spurlin had been confined to his bed for three weeks.  He realized that death was near and had called the members of his family to his side, telling them that he was ready to answer the final call.
          Mr. Spurlin was a son of the late  Frank Spurlin, who died March 24, 1916.  He was born in Washington township on November 4, 1860 and had lived all of his life in this county.  For the last three years he had lived in Shelbyville with his family.  He was a retired farmer.  He was married to  Miss Sarah Miller, a sister of  Martin Miller and  Anderson Miller, of this city on November 11, 1880.
          He leaves his widow, his aged mother  Mrs. Frank Spurlin; two sons,  Chester and  Everett, and one daughter,  Mrs. Fred [Ollie A.] Maple, all of Shelbyville; one brother,  Ora Spurlin, of Lewis Creek; three sisters,  Mrs. Flora Fately; who makes her home with her mother;  Mrs. Herschel Jackson and  Mrs. John McCalip, both of this city.
          The funeral services will be held at the late home Thursday morning at ten-thirty o’clock, the Rev. Payne, of Lewis Creek officiating, assisted by the Rev. S. J. Cross, pastor of the West Street M.E. church.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday March 25, 1916
Page 8 column 2
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CIVIL  WAR  VETERAN  HAS  HIS  LAST  CALL
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Joshua Franklin Spurlin Passed Away At Home
On Colescott Street At Midnight Friday
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BORN  IN  SHELBY  COUNTY
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          Joshua Franklin Spurlin, who for three years did valiant service for the North in the struggle against the South, died at his late home, 225 Colescott street, at eleven-thirty o’clock last night.  He had been ill for the past eight weeks with catarrh of the stomach and his death had been expected for several days.  He was aged seventy-five years, one month and fifteen days at the time of his death.
          Mr. Spurlin was born in Washington township, this county, February 9, 1841, and had spent his entire life in this county.  He was the son of  Joshua and  Esther (Lemmons) Spurlin, who were pioneer residents of this county.  On September 22, 1850, he was married to  Miss Armilda J. Sullivan,  with whom he spent a happy and contented married life.  They were the parents of seven children, two of whom are dead.  The five surviving with the mother are – Martin Spurlin, of this city;  Ora Spurlin, of Lewis Creek;  Mrs. Flora Fately, of Washington township;  Mrs. John McCalip  and  Mrs. Herschel Jackson,  both of this city.  Thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive.
          Deceased enlisted in the Civil War as a member of Company D., Thirty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving three years in the great conflict and doing his duty at all times in a heroic manner.  He was a follower of the great Sherman in his famous march from "Atlanta to the sea."  When the war ended he was honorably discharged and returned to his home here.  He had lived in this city for the past fourteen years.  He was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church at Lewis Creek, which he joined many years ago.
          The funeral services will be conducted at the home at ten-thirty o’clock Monday morning, the Rev. Jacob Hester, assisted by Rev. Charles Cain, of Lewis Creek officiating.  Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday July 20, 1915
Page 1 column 1
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PASSING  AWAY  ARE  THE  OLD  VETERANS
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Ithamar Spurlin, One Of Shelby County’s Best Citizens,
Responds To The Last Long Roll Call
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SERVED  TERM  AS  COUNTY  SHERIFF
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Was Twice Trustee of Washington Township
and Five Years Trustee of Addison Township
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          Taps have been sounded for  Ithamar Spurlin.  He died Tuesday morning at 3:10 o’clock at his home in this city, 225 East Broadway.  The death of Mr. Spurlin was not expected, although he had been suffering with heart trouble and asthma for some time.  He was about his regular occupation all Monday and sit on the front veranda at his home until eight o’clock.  During the night he was taken ill and died at the hour named.
          Mr. Spurlin was born in Washington township on December 2, 1839.  From his youth he was an active, energetic person. Early he took an interest in all things about him.  His first marriage was with Elizabeth Green on September 30, 1858. To this union three children survive -  Mr. Charles Spurlin, of this city;  George W. Spurlin, of Oklahoma;  Mrs. Eunice Young, of Washington township.  A son  Millard Spurlin, was accidentally killed a few years ago.  His second marriage was with  Phebe Dunn, on October 25, 1869, who survives, no children having been born.
          At the beginning of the Civil war Mr. Spurlin enlisted in the first call for troops and was assigned to Co. D, Thirty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry.  This was one of the Indiana regiments that experienced all the horrors of that war.  It participated in the battles about Chattanooga, from that city to Atlanta and was in the memorable siege of that city.  It went on the march with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea, swung back up through the Carolinas fighting until the surrender of Lee.  Through it all Mr. Spurlin was a brave, gallant soldier.  He was once captured and lay in Libby prison for three months when he was exchanged. His record, as well as his whole life, is one that his family is proud of today.
          Returning to civil life Mr. Spurlin engaged in the grain business at Lewis creek.  He served Washington township two terms as trustee.  In the campaign of 1870 he was elected sheriff of the county, serving for two years.  He was a true blue Republican, working night and day for the success of the party.  At the close of his term as sheriff Mr. Spurlin returned to Lewis Creek where he again engaged in the grain business.  Coming to Shelbyville about thirty years ago he was active in handling grain and stock.  He served Addison township five years as trustee, making one of the best officials the township ever had.  Of late years, in addition to the grain business, Mr. Spurlin was city weighmaster.  He was a member of Dumont Post, G.A.R., under whose auspices the funeral will be held.
          Mr. Spurlin’s immediate relatives are  Wilford Spurlin, of Tipton;  Frank Spurlin, of this city;  Washington Spurlin, of Washington township;  Mrs. Amanda Sullivan, of Lewis Creek, and  Mrs. Esther Pherigo, of this city, brothers and sisters.
          The death of Mr. Spurlin is a matter for deep regret to all his friends and wide circle of acquaintances.  The time of the funeral has not been named.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday July 21, 1915
Page 1 column 4
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SPURLIN  FUNERAL  SERVICES
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          The funeral services of the late Ithamar Spurlin, who died suddenly at his home in East Broadway early Tuesday, will be held at the late home Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, the Rev. W. E. Carroll, pastor of the Christian Church, officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  Ralph J. Edwards in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, September 4, 1911
Page 4 column 3
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DEATHS  AND  FUNERALS
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          Wilder Spurlin, a well known resident of this city, died very suddenly at his home, 43 West Locust street, at 11:45 o’clock Sunday night.  He had been in poor health all summer, but seemed to feel as well as usual when he retired to his bed Sunday night.  At 1 o’clock Mrs. Spurlin awoke, noticed that he had seemed to stop breathing and attempted to arouse him.  She later called in physicians but they announced that the husband had been death for half an hour or more.  Mr. Spurlin had been a resident of Shelbyville for many years and had long been an employee of the Shelbyville Mirror Works.  He was thirty-nine years, ten months and eight days of age.  The deceased is survived by his wife and three sons, Dalton, Ralph and Orville.
          Also leaves his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Spurlin, of this city, two brothers,  Martin and  Ora Spurlin, of Lewis Creek, and four sisters,  Mrs. Dora Mann,  Mrs. Amanda McCalip,  Mrs. Sina May Jackson,  of this city, and  Mrs. Flora Fately, of Flat Rock.  He was a member of the Lewis Creek I.O.O.F. lodge.  Funeral services will be held at the late residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. C. A. Billheimer, of Lewis Creek, officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Monday, September 4, 1911
Page 4   column 2
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WIFE  AWOKE  TO  FIND
HER  HUSBAND  DYING
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Wilder Spurlin Passes Away
Unexpectedly From Valvular
Heart Trouble.
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DEAD  WHEN  DOCTORS  ARRIVE
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Final Call Also Comes for  B. F. McLean,
William Smiley  and  Dr. O. D. Fitch,
All Prominent and Highly
Respected Aged Men.
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(From Monday's Daily.)
          Valvular heart trouble caused the death of  Wilder Spurlin  suddenly and unexpectedly at his home, 43 west Locust street, last night.  He passed away at 11:45 o'clock just a few moments after his condition had been discovered by his wife, who was awakened by his death struggles as she slept by his side.  Mr. Spurlin was gasping when she awoke and could not speak.  She hastily aroused other members of the family and some of the neighbors and  Drs. W. W. Tindal,  B. G. Keeney  and  H. E. Phares  were called.  They reached the house within ten or fifteen minutes after Mrs. Spurlin had discovered the condition of her husband but he was dead when they arrived.
          Mr. Spurlin was aged thirty-nine years, ten months and eight days.  He had suffered to some extent duing the past few months from attacks of the heart, but neigher he nor any of the members of his family considered his condition serious, and his death was a great shock to his relatives and to his friends as well.  He remained at his work till last Friday and then quit as there was nothing further for him to do in his usual line of work.  Saturday and Sunday he was apparently in the best of health and made several trips uptown.  Sunday evening just as he was retiring for the night he remarked to his wife that his heart felt peculiar, but as he made not further complaint Mrs. Spurlin paid no attention and both soon fell asleep.  She was awakened about 11:30 o'clock, and she saw at a glance that her husband was dying.
          Mr. Spurlin had been living in this city for several years, but his home was formerly near Lewis Creek, where he had followed farming.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Lewis Creek and his death is the second to occur among the membership of the lodge since its organization about two years ago.
          Mr. Spurlin leaves his wife and three children,  Dalton,  Ralph  and  Orville.  He is also survived by his aged parents,  Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Spurlin,  of Colescott street, and by two brothers and four sisters -- Martin  and  Ora Spurlin,  of Lewis Creek;  Mrs. Dora Mann,  Mrs. Amanda McCallip  and  Mrs. Sina Jackson,  of this city, and  Mrs. Flora Fately,  of Flat Rock.
          The funeral services will be held at the late home of the deceased at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon with  Rev. C. A. Billheimer,  of Lewis Creek, officiating, and the interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday October 10, 1910
Page 1 column 6
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DEATH  OF  MRS. S. J. SPURLIN
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Aged Resident of Washington Township
Expired This Morning
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            Mrs. Sarah J. Spurlin died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nathan Shaw, in Flat Rock, at 6 a.m. Monday, October 10, 1910, aged eighty years, two months and eleven days.  She was born in the state of Ohio, coming to this county when only a child.  Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Coffman who for many years resided in Jackson township.  She was married to the late  Henry Spurlin, who died a few years ago.  Five sons and four daughters survive her.  They are— George,  Harvey,  Charles,  Bruce and  Jesse,  Mrs. Mary Shaw,  Mrs. Christina Yanzer,  Mrs. Jane Andrews  and  Mrs. Amanda Morris.  There are also thirty-five grandchildren.  The funeral services will be held at the old family residence in Jackson township at 10 o’clock a.m. Wednesday, October 12th, the Rev. S. D. Hawkins in charge.  The interment will be in the Patterson cemetery in charge of J. J. White, with Hageman & Hawkins.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Margie Bell


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday June 2, 1909
Page 1 column 5
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DYING  MAN  WAS  READY  TO  GO
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Jacob Spurlin Died at His Home In Norristown This Morning
Of Dropsy After Long Illness
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DID  NOT  COME  UNEXPECTEDLY
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Has Been Critically Ill For the Past Few Days
And Was Not Able to Speak Above a Whisper
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          Jacob Spurlin  died at his home in Norristown Wednesday morning about ten-thirty of dropsy.  Mr. Spurlin had been critically ill for the past few days and he was not able to speak above a whisper any of the time.  It was indeed a sad sight in the little home when the closing hour approached.
           Lying on his death bed surrounded by the immediate family, but at the same time conscious of all that was going on around him, Mr. Spurlin's last words were, "I am ready to go."  While he was not a member of any church, Mr. Spurlin was a highly respected citizen in the community in which he lived.  Just before he passed away he inquired of one of the members of the family for the time of day, showing that he was fully aware of the things that concern earthly beings.
           The deceased was born on a farm in Washington township May 15, 1858.  He received his education in the public schools of the township and when he grew to manhood he was united in marriage to  Miss Cora Anderson, who with four children survive him.  They are  Fred,  Ray,  Sylvia  and  Blanche.  The deceased is also survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Jesse, of Jackson township;  Harvey, of California;  Charles, of Jackson township;  Mrs. Elizabeth Yanzer, of Norristown;  Mrs. Mary Shaw, of Flat Rock, and  Mrs. Pet Andrews, of St. Louis Crossing.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Margie Bell


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Thursday February 27, 1908
Page 4
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ELIHU  SPURLIN  DIED  EARLY  THIS  MORNING
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Was One of the Oldest Men in the County-Leaves Six children
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(From Wednesday's Daily)
           Elihu Spurlin  died at the residence of his son, Albert Spurlin, in Jackson township, Wednesday morning at 6:30 o'clock, aged seventy-nine years, six months and seven days.  The deceased had been sick about four weeks.  He took pneumonia on last Wednesday, gradually growing worse until death.  He leaves six children, three sons and three daughters, Omer J.,  Albert  and  Clarence,  Mrs. Mandy Magee,  Mrs. Emma E. Lee  and  Mrs. Algerta Furgeson.   Funeral services will be held Thursday February 27, at 2 o'clock p.m. in the Methodist Protestant church at Marietta, of which he was a member, the Rev. Mr. Schwartzkopf officiating. Interment in the Miller cemetery.  Stewart & Fix in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Ellen Dalton


The  Shelby  Democrat
January 28, 1907
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          Mrs. Mary Spurling,  widow of the late  Joshua Spurling,  died at her home in Flat Rock at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, of paralysis, aged eighty-four years, nine months and twenty-five days.  Funeral services were held in the Christian church at 10:30 this morning.  Interment was made in the Mt. Auburn cemetery in charge of John White with Edwards & Hageman.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Saturday November 10, 1883
Page 4 column 2
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The remains of Mrs. Esther Spurlin, mother of Ithamer Spurlin, of this city, was buried yesterday.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Volunteer
Thursday September 14, 1876
Page 3 column 2
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Joshua Spurlin, and old and respected citizen of Washington township, and father of ex-Sheriff, Ithamar Spurlin, died at his residence near Lewis Creek Switch on the J.M. & I. R.R. on Friday night after a brief but painful illness from fever, and his remains were buried on Sunday. By hard work and close economy Mr. Spurlin had amassed a good deal of this world’s goods and possessions, which he will leave to posterity.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Repository
Greensburg, Indiana
December 27, 1846
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Page 1, column 1
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          Mr. Elija Spurling, of Shelby County, was drowned in attempting to cross Flatrock with a team, on the 1st instant.  He leaves a wife and five children.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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