Grim Reaper Calls Another Citizen
And Robert J. Carns ((This is my great grandfather)) lays down the Burdens
And Cares of his life Jan. 18, 1921
Early Tuesday afternoon the word began to spread over town announcing the death of R. J. Carns. (Robert John) He had been sick for some weeks and the end was not unexpected by those who had been in close attendance ministering to his wants in his days of sickness. Robert John Carns was born near Marissa, St. Clair, Illinois, January 30, 1861, Departed this life January 18, 1921 at his home in Coulterville, Randolph, Illinois at the age of 59 yrs. 11 mo. and 18 days. His boyhood days were spent on the farm and it was during this time that he united with the United Presbyterian Church. He was united in marriage with Mary Ann McLaughlin of Cutler, Illinois at Nashville. To this union were born three children: Lula May, who has preceded him in death, and those remaining with the widow to mourn his death are Mrs. Charles Hippard (Mary Ellen Carns Hippard) and Walter Carns both who reside in Coulterville, Randolph, Illinois. He is also survived by two sisters Mrs. William McClay of near Coulterville and Mrs. Ed Uhlman of Sparta and three brothers, R.P. Carns of Tilden, Charles Carns, of Coulterville and Elmer of Patterson NJ, and two grandchildren, and a wide circle of other friends and relatives. Mr. Carns was a member of Local 1806 U.M.W.A. and the members of this union attended the funeral services Rev. Charles M. Filer conducted the services. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. The attendance at the funeral was very large, showing in a manner at least the high esteem in which he was held by his fellow townsmen. At the close of the services at the church all were permitted to look for the last time upon the face of the departed. Then the funeral moved out to our Silent City where the body was carefully laid to rest by loving hands.