Newspaper Unknown - July 1936

Death Occurred As The Result Of Injuries Received
In An Auto Accident Near Laneville

Sidney Ray, son of Mr. And Mrs. Ira Estill was born near Sweetwater, March 18, 1913, and entered into rest on the 16th day of July, '36 at 10:37 a. m. at St. John's hospital at the age of 23 years, 3 months and 28 days. He succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Saturday evening, July 11, near Lanesville.

Sidney graduated from the eighth grade at Middletown and from the Greenview High School where his scholastic standing won for him the honor of being valedictorian of the class of 1930. He attended Lincoln College at Lincoln, Illinois, where he took a very active part in all literary and athletic events. He was a leading member of the debate team of that school. He also attended the Illinois Business College at Springfield, and after his graduation obtained a position as bookkeeper for the U. S. Electric Co., which position he held at the time of his death.

At an early age he united with the Middletown Presbyterian Church. Later he changed his membership and was baptized into the Athens Christian Church on Easter Sunday 1935. He was an active and faithful member of the Berean Class.

Sidney is survived by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Ira Estill, three brothers, Merle, Lowell and John Ira, all of Athens; his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. S. D. Estill, Sweetwater; his fiancee, Miss Velda Doom, to whom he was engaged to be married, besides a great many other relatives and friends.

The church and the community feel keenly their loss, for Sidney was a leader in church, social, and athletic affairs to which he constantly and cheerfully gave of his best.

Short services were held at the residence at 2 p.m., Saturday afternoon, followed by services at 2:30 at the Athens Christian Church, Rev. D. J. Finley officiating, assisted by Rev. Paul Shults of the Irish Grove Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Raymond Colliver and Miss Lucille Primm, accompanied by Mrs. Earl Hawkins at the piano rendered -- "God's Tomorrow," "Whispering Hope," and "The Lord is My Shepherd."

Flowers were in charge of eighteen girls, members of the Berean Sunday School Class.

Pall bearers were: Bernerd Dorgan, Melvin Doom, Forrest Grant, Edwin Grant, Robert Burns, Arthur Larson.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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