Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, May 23, 2002
Irene P. Wilkins
Irene P. Wilkins, 91, of Fountaintown, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002.
Born July 2, 1910, in Shelby County, d/o  Lewis B. and Serena (Leffler) Stickford.  Married  Lewis Wilkins  on Feb. 24, 1931; he preceded her in death.
Survivors:  daughter, Barbara Bass  of Indianapolis; two brothers, Claude Stickford  of New Palestine and  Leon Stickford  of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Alan K. Bass  of Indianapolis and  Arlene McAlister  of Roanoke, Texas.
Preceded in death by three brothers, George Stickford,  Emerson Stickford  and  Wray Stickford, and two sisters, Mary Cherry  and  Gladys Mae Stickford.
Employed in Fountaintown as a nanny, grocery clerk and at a restaurant.  4,000-hour volunteer at Community Hospital in Indianapolis.
Member of Fountaintown United Methodist Church since 1916.
Burial will be in New Palestine Cemetery in New Palestine.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming.

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
About 1962
          Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM for  James Russell Wilkins,  47, Fairland, RR 1, who died Monday at Major Hospital.  He had been ill one and one-half years and hospitalized since July 10.  Death was attributed to complications.  An electrician at the US Rubber Company in Indianapolis since 1933, Mr. Wilkins was a member and trustee of the Sugar Creek Methodist Church and the Sugar Creek Masonic Lodge at Fairland.  Mr. Wilkins was born May 10, 1915, in Marion County, a son of  James A. and  Lillie Lancaster Wilkins.  He is survived by his wife  Helen  and two children,  Marilyn and  Thomas Wilkins,  all at home.  Also surviving are one brother,  Wayne Wilkins  of Acton, and one sister,  Mrs. Vern King  of New Palestine, RR 1.  Services will be held at the Hendryx Mortuaries new Palestine Chapel.  Rev. O. P. Baugh will officiate.  Burial will be in New Palestine Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel after 7 PM Tuesday, and are asked to donate to the Sugar Creek Church memorial fund in lieu of flowers.
Contributed by Marlena Linne

The  Shelby  Democrat
Tuesday July 29, 1947
Funeral for Mrs. Minnie Wilkins Wednesday
          In ill health for the past three years with a heart ailment, Mrs. Minnie Myrtle Wilkins, 70, died at 11:20 Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Inez Nulliner, at Fairland.  Her home was near Fountaintown but she had been at the daughter's home for the past two months.
          Born on August 1, 1876, Mrs. Wilkins had spent her entire life in Shelby county. She was a member of the Fountaintown Christian Church and of the church Aid Society.
          On September 6, 1892, she was married to  Dave Wilkins, who was killed by an automobile on March 21, 1940.  Surviving with the daughter, Mrs. Nulliner, are four children,  Mrs. Amy Bennett, of Morristown;  M. Louis Wilkins, of Fountaintown;  Lawrence A. Wilkins, of New Bethel and  Rube E. Wilkins, of Moral township.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren and two half-brothers, Ora Shoemake, of Pleasant View, and  Claude Shoemake, of Indianapolis.  Two great grandchildren also survive.
          Funeral services will be held at the Fountaintown Christian Church Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. with  Rev. Herschel Reed, of Greenfield, officiating.  Burial, in charge of  Charles M. Ewing, will be made in the Cunningham cemetery.  Friends may call at the home of the daughter, Mrs. Nulliner.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Teresa Sebeck

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, March 28, 1940
Page 7 column 3
          David Elmore Wilkins, son of  George  and  Nancy Wilkins, was born in Shelby county, Indiana, October 11, 1868, and departed this life, March 27, 1940, at the age of 71 years, five months and ten days.
          He was the last member of a family of six children to answer the call of “His Savior.”
          He was united in marriage with  Minnie Myrtle Wilkins, September 6, 1892, and to this union six children were born.  One son, Elmer, preceded the father in death.  The remaining children are three sons,  Ruben and Lewis, of Shelby county, and  Lawrence  of Marion county; two daughters,  Mrs. Inez Nulliner  and  Mrs. Amy Bennett, of Shelby county.  The loving wife and seven grandchildren also survive.
          Mr. Wilkins has spent most of his married life as a farmer, and by his industry had provided a good home for his wife and children.  He had arrived at the age in life where he could enjoy some leisure time with his family and friends.
          Several years ago he became a member of the Brookfield Baptist church, but after moving to his present residence he became a member of the Christian church of Fountaintown.
          He met his death accidentally on State Road 52 near his home.  Little he thought as he spent the day cheerfully with his son and a friend that this was his last day with family and friends on earth.
          He was approaching the season of Easter, the beginning of a joyous going forward, a new setting of “affection of things” above, refreshed of spirit, ennobled of purpose, girded for the new struggle in Christ's light and way.
          He was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a true friend.
Contributed by Barb Huff

Tuesday March 8, 1927
Death of Mrs. Mary Frances Wilkens, Age 76, Occurs Monday Morning
          The death of  Mrs. Mary Frances Wilkens, age 76, occurred Monday evening at her home in Moral township, following a three weeks' illness from a complication of diseases.  She was the widow of   Andrew Johnson Wilkens, who died two years ago, and was a well known and highly esteemed woman.
          Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ida Fox, of VanBuren township, and  Mrs. Charles Wilkens  and  Mrs. Gertrude Ulrey  of New Palestine, three sisters,  Mrs. Nancy Lantz, of New Palestine,  Mrs. Eliza Plummer  of Augusta, Kansas and  Mrs. Emma Downing  of Hancock county, and two brothers, Thomas Martin  of Moral township and  George Martin  of Fairland.
          Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Sugar Creek M.P. church with Rev. Lee officiating.  Burial will be in the Asbury cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

Monday October 4, 1926
Services Are Held For George Wilkins Who Died Saturday
          Short funeral services for  George Wilkins, who died at the Robert Long hospital in Indianapolis, at four o'clock Saturday afternoon were held at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at the home of his brother, Charles Wilkins, of Moral township.  At two o'clock services were held at the Pleasant View church, followed by burial in the Cunningham cemetery.
          The death of Mrs. Wilkins, who was sixty-four years of age, was due to cancer.  His only close relatives are his brothers, Charles  and  David  of near Fountaintown.
Contributed by Barb Huff

Thursday, August 12, 1926
Page 4, column 2
Harrison Wilkins Dies At His Home in New Palestine From Complications
          Harrison Wilkins, age 85, died at five o'clock Wednesday afternoon at his home in New Palestine, following an illness due to a complication of diseases.  Mr. Wilkins was well known and was a Civil War veteran.  He served three years in Co. E. 13th Ohio infantry.
          Surviving are three sons, Harry  of VanBuren township, Eugene  and  Charles  of Indianapolis and two daughters, Mrs. Floyd Screny  of New Palestine and  Miss Leoti Wilkins  at home.  Mr. Wilkins was a member of the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges of New Palestine.
          Short funeral services will be held at the residence at 9:45 a.m. Saturday followed by services at 10 a.m. at the Christian church at New Palestine in charge of Rev. Allen Huber.  Burial will be in the New Palestine cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

Tuesday April 14, 1925
Paralysis Proved Fatal To Moral Township Farmer Monday Evening
          Andrew Jackson Wilkins, prominent farmer of Moral township, died Monday evening at 5:15 o'clock, following a short illness caused from paralysis.  Mr. Wilkins was stricken on Sunday afternoon and gradually grew weaker, until death.  He was born in the township in which he passed away and was eighty-two years of age.
          Besides the widow, Mrs. Mary Frances Wilkins, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Emma Wilkins, of Moral township,  Mrs. Ida Fox, of VanBuren township and  Mrs. Gertrude Ulrey, of New Palestine.  He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Martha Perry, of New Palestine;  Mrs. Emma Mills, of Clay City, and ten grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the Sugar Creek M. P. church on Wednesday afternoon at two thirty o'clock, the Rev. J. L. Barclay officiating.  Short services will also be held at the late home at two o'clock.  Burial will be made in the Cunningham cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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