Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
April 14-17[?], 1970
          George Wesley Starks, 72, 850 Miller Ave., died Monday at 7:55 a.m. at Veterans Hospital, Indianapolis, where he had been a patient five weeks.  He had been in failing health several years.
          Mr. Starks had resided at his present address 25 years and was a retired farmer and chauffeur.  A veteran of World War I and a member of the Second Baptist Church, he was a 25-year member of Golden Crown Masonic Lodge No. 34.
          Born in Norristown April 14, 1897, Mr. Starks was the son of  George and  Kate Starks.  On Nov. 20, 1943, he married  Viola Imes,  who survives.
          Also surviving are four children,  Herman Starks,  Columbus,  Floyd Starks,  Danville, Ill.,  Miss Mary Starks,  Indianapolis, and  Mrs. John (June) Perkins,  Carmichael, Calif.; a step-daughter,  Mrs. Logan (Anna) Peppers,  Indianapolis; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother,  Mrs. Laveida Wiseman  and  Ralph Starks,  Indianapolis.
          Services will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Murphy Mortuary, with the Rev. Verner Belcher officiating.  Burial will be in Norristown Cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 2:00 p.m. Thursday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, January 20, 1969
          Services for  James Starks,  62, R.R. 4, Shelbyville, who died at 4:00 p.m. Friday in the beterans Hospital at Indianapolis, will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Second Baptist Church here, with Rev. James W. Robinson officiating.
          Burial will be in Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the American Legion.
          Friends may call at the Sleeth Funeral Home until noon Tuesday.  Masonic services will be conducted at the funeral home at 7:30 o'clock tonight.
          Mr. Starks had been ill several years and hospitalized five days.  A retired farmer, he was a lifelong resident of Washington Township and a veteran of army service in World War II.  Mr. Starks was a member of Golden Crown Masonic Lodge 34 and attended the Second Baptist Church.
          Born Sept. 23, 1906, the son of  James and  Ellen (Parton) Starks,  he was married on Feb. 28, 19?9, to  Helen Holder  who survives.  Other survivors are a step-daughter,  Mrs. Donald (Lillian) Edmonds,  Seymour; two sisters,  Miss Kathleen Starks,  Idlewild, Mich., and  Mrs. Mary Ellen Butler,  Cincinnati; a step-sister,  Mrs. B. J. Whitlow,  Chicago, and six stepgrandchildren.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
March 24, 1952
[This clipping is also marked 3-23-52- and 3-25-52]
Local Man Succumbs After
Suffering Fractured Leg
          In failing health for several years and critically ill since suffering a fractured leg in a fall at his home two weeks ago,  Kenneth M. Stark,  56, died at the McGraw Nursing Home at Fountaintown Sunday morning at 10:30.
          Mr. Stark had resided in this city for 35 years and his home was at 317 W. Pennsylvania St.
          HE  WAS  BORN  at Arcadia on January 25, 1896, the son of  Frank and  Ida (Lytle) Stark.  His only survivors are a sister,  Mrs. Sam B. Abbott  of this city; one nephew and one niece,  Robert P. Fix  and  Mrs. John E. Beasley  of Shelbyville.
          Last rites will be held at the Murphy Funeral Home Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. N. I. Schoolfield officiating.  Interment will be at Milford.  Friends may call at the mortuary.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, December 27, 1951
MRS. STARKS        
    Rites  To  Be  Saturday
For  County  Resident, 79
          Mrs. Mary Ellen Starks, colored resident of Shelby county for 58 years, died at her home in Washington township Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. following a long illness.  She was 79 years of age.
          The daughter of  Harrison and Mary (Williams) Patton,  she was born in Larue, Ky., on January 14, 1872.  In 1891 she was married to  James Starks  who preceded her in death in 1920.  Survivors are one son and two daughters,  James Starks  and  Miss Kathleen Starks  at home and  Mrs. Mary Ellen Butler  of Cincinnati.  Also surviving are two grandchildren and one brother,  James Patton  of Louisville, Ky.
          Mrs. Starks was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Hodgenville, Ky.
          Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Noel Hord officiating.  Interment will be in the Lewis Creek Baptist Church cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 2:00 p.m. Friday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, April 13, 1951
          Complications resulting from a fractured hip suffered five weeks ago caused the death of  Mrs. Iva V. Stark, 78, this morning at 9:00 o'clock at the W. S. Major Hospital.
          Mrs. Stark, whose home was at 317 W. Pennsylvania S., was born in Hamilton county on January 10, 1873, the daughter of  James  and  Margaret Lytle.  She was married to  Frank Stark  on April 10, 1895, and he preceded her in death on June 2, 1949.
          She is survived by a son  Kenneth  at home; a daughter, Mrs. Sam Abbott  of this city; two grandchildren  Robert Fix, this city, and  Mrs. John E. Beasley, Tacoma, Wash.; two brothers  T. W. Lytle  of Anderson and  Dr. Oris Lytle  of Glendale, Cal., and two great-grandchildren.
          Mrs. Stark was a member of the West Street Methodist Church and Rev. R. A. Shumaker, pastor of the church, will officiate at funeral services Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  The services will be held at the Murphy Mortuary and burial will be at the Milford cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, January 12, 1943
          The body of  Lambert Starks, colored, former resident of this city, who died suddenly Thursday afternoon at his home in Evansville, arrived in this city Sunday evening. Funeral services will be held at the Edwards & Kohlmeyer funeral home today at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. R. R. Hagens officiating. Burial will be made in the Lewis Creek Baptist cemetery.
          Mr. Starks was born in Shelby county in 1893, the son of James and Ellen Starks. He was forty-nine years of age at the time of death. He was graduated from the local high school and attended Indiana university and Indiana State Teachers College. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Kokomo Masonic lodge. He left Shelbyville in 1918.
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Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Saturday, June 28, 1938
Norristown  Man  Dies;
Rites  Sunday ----------
          George R. Starks,  colored, of Norristown, died at 6 a.m. Friday at the home of his daughter,  Mrs. James Brown,  of Grissom Lane.  He was seventy-five.
          Mr. Starks was employed for several years at the Chambers Corporation here.  He had been at the home of his daughter for some time.  His death was due to a heart ailment.
          Mr. Starks was born March 3, 1863.  He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Kate Starks;   eight children,  Ralph, of Columbus;  Mrs. James Brown, of this city;  George, Jr., Lafayette;  Homer,  Mrs. Lavelda Hill  and  Mrs. Ed Johnson,  all of this city;  Juanita Starks, of Norristown, and  Roscoe Starks, of Lafayette, and twenty-four grandchildren.
          Friends may call at the home of the daughter, Mrs. Brown, at any time after noon Saturday.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Norristown M. E. church.  The Rev. V. Belcher [? paper blurry] and the Rev. J. J. Moore, of this city, will officiate.  Burial, in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, funeral director, will be made in the Norristown cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Wednesday, March 16, 1927
Veteran  of  Civil  War  Passed
Away  At  Home  of  Daughter
in  Noble  Township.
           John Caleb Stark, age eighty-four, veterans of the civil war, died Tuesday evening at 5:45 o'clock at the home of his daughter,  Mrs. Bertha Feaster in Noble township. His death was caused by a complication of disease. He had been ill for some time.
           Mr. Stark was born August 22, 1842. He was married on October 10, 1866 to  Miss Mary Jane Austin. Her death occurred May 31, 1892. Four children were born to them, three surviving. The children are  E. A. Stark, of Seattle;  F. J. Stark, of this city; and  Mrs. Feaster, of Noble township. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
           Mr. Stark served with the Union Army during the civil war. He enlisted twice during the war, and at the close was mustered out as a member of the Seventh Indiana Infantry.
          Funeral services will be held at the Milford Christian church Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. Burial will be made in the Milford cemetery, Fix and Son in charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, August 31, 1922
          Mrs. Mary Ann Starks, age seventy-seven years, a native of Decatur county, died Sunday evening at seven o'clock at her home in Milford. Her death was caused by an attack of heart trouble. She had been ill for a week. Mrs. Moore[?-pmf] was an aunt of F. J. Starks, of this city. Funeral services will be held in the Christian church at Milford, Tuesday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Tescott  Press
Ottawa, Kansas
May 24, 1917
Page 8
Mrs.  Nancy  Starks
          It is with a feeling of intense grief that we are called upon to witness the death of a dear mother, one familiarly known and cherished in this vicinity and who has been removed from our midst by the grim messenger, death.
          Nancy Waggoner was born Oct. 19th, 1839 near Moscow, Rush County, Ind., and departed this life May 19th, 1917, aged 77 years and 7 months.
          She was married to Amos W. Ruggles, July 29th, 1853 in Shelby Co., Ind, who preceded her 36 years. This union was blessed with eleven children, four of which died in infancy and seven who survive her. Amanda A. Davis of Finley, Indiana, Johnathan E. Ruggels of Linsey, Kan., Leroy S. Ruggels of Salina, William N. Ruggels of Columbus, Kans., Martha E. Dodds of Washtucna, Wash., of Milo, and Rosa A. Green of Tescott, Kansas.
          She had 33 grandchildren and 42 great-grand-children and a large circle of friends to mourn her death.
          When about 16 years old she united with the M.E. church of which she was a faithful member for 61 years and she died trusting in the Lord. In her last hours she told her children, "it is all right". She was conscious to the last.
          Nancy Ruggels moved to Ottawa County, Kan., January 28th, 1885 and moved to Lincoln Co., Beverly, in 1886 where she has resided ever since. She was married to Levi Starks, August 23rd, 1890, who departed this life July 14th, 1903.
          Nancy Starks was highly respected and beloved by all who knew her, we sorrow at her departure and regret the loss of one so tried and true. But we sorrow not as those who have o hope, for we believe that she has gone to that land of which she often sang:
Oh how sweet it will be in that beautiful land,
So free from all sorrow and pain
With songs on our lips and harps in our hands,
To meet one another again.
Contributed by Angel Gebhart

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