Shelby County Indiana
The Shelbyville News
Lucile C. Plummer, 92 of New Whiteland, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001.
August 6, 2001
Born March 14, 1909, in North Salem, d/o Henry and Ethel O. (Alexander)
High. Married Charles O. Plummer on Jan. 1, 1933.
He preceded her in death in 1946.
Survivors include one daughter, Helen Chappell-Barton of Fountaintown; two grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.
Aso preceded in death by two brothers, Chester High and Clarence
Employed at Eli Lilly and Company for 25 years in wet finish/dry finish production, retiring in 1969.
Member of Franklin Church of Christ in Franklin.
Stirling-Gerber Funeral Home, 5950 E. Thompson Road in Indianapolis, with the Rev. Shelby Floyd officiating.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in North Salem.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Evansville Courier
Stricken at the altar rail just as he had administered the communion cup to the twelfth of eighteen communicants kneeling there in yesterday morning's Lenten service, Rev. W. R. Plummer fell lifeless in St. Paul's Episcopal church at 10:15 o'clock yesterday morning, and the communion cup rolled from his hand to spill its contents on the floor, just as he was moving toward his wife who was kneeling in the thirteenth place.
Thursday Morning, March 1, 1923
AT THE ALTAR
Rev. W. R. Plummer Succumbs
in Midst of Communion
DEATH IS INSTANTANEOUS
Worshipers Lift Him, Dead, in
His Robes of Ecclesiastical
The tragedy was so swift and so appaling[sic] that few realized for a space that the gentle soul which had served them so faithfully for over five years had winged its way into the great beyond, but when George W. Newman, 1682 South Second street and Mrs. Fred Ehrman, 514 Ravenswood drive, the first to realize what had transpired, sprang to his side, life was extinct. He had died instantly of heart failure, was Dr. Sidney J. Eichel's assertion.
Rev. Dr. Plummer, in commemoration of that time when the Master, in an upper room, broke bread and gave it to his disciples and then gave them drink, had administered the bread and was serving the wine. "Drink this in remembrance of Christ's blood which was shed for thee, and be thankful", he had just repeated to Miss Octavia Collenberg -- and like Him, who after serving the twelfth of his disciples went out to His death -- the twelfth communicant was the last served before the Death Angel stooped and called Rev. Dr. Plummer into the presence of the Master hs had labored so long and so faithfully for.
"He did not fall in a huddled heap, but fell prone in all the dignity of his ecclesiastical robes. It was as he would have wished it," Mr. Newman said.
Rev. Plummer had been in ill health for the past several months, due to an attack of quinsy and heart trouble. He had only been able to conduct his services for the past few months with the assistance of H. Bedford Jones, who read the service preceding the sermons. Last Sunday's sermon was one of unusual strength and beauty, he spoke as if inspired, it is said by those who heard him.
Born in 1860
Dr. Plummer was born in Connersville, Ind., in 1869. For many years he was superintendent in a furniture factory at Shelbyville, Ind. It was while so engaged that he became inspired to preach. He at once began his study for the ministry.
He was ordained a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church and assigned a charge at New Albany, and later at Mt. Vernon. Later he was made archdeacon for the Episcopal church in the district including Evansville and nearby towns, under Bishop Joseph Francis. While serving in this capacity he preached at the Holy Innocents church. He was called to St. Paul's in 1917.
Dr. Plummer was prominent in Masonic circles both in Evansville and over the state. He was chaplain of Reed lodge, Evansville chapter, and Simpson council. He has served as chaplain of the grand lodges of Masons if indiana as well as the grand chapter.
He was a member of the LaValette commandery No. 15 Knight Templar and of the Scottish rite body of the Valley of Evansville. He was also a member of the Hadi temple' A.A.O.N.M.S. Of his many talks given at various Masonic meetings, perhaps the one most widely commented upon was his address on "Mother" given at the banquet of the fall convocation.
He was especially active in war time drives and was greatly in demand as a speaker. He was appointed chaplain of the Indiana state troops by Gov. Ralston.
Dr. Plummer is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Ellen Plummer.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard
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