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Obits > 1941 - James Jackson Woolums

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The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
September 22, 1941 - Monday, pg. 6 col. 5
The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
September 22, 1941 - Monday, pg. 6 col. 5
J. J. Woolums, Veteran of World War, Succumbs at Home Near Prophetstown
J. J. Woolums, 62, who had been ill of arthritis for 15 years and unable to walk for the past 14 months, died Sunday at 4 p.m. at the farm home northeast of Prophetstown.  The body was removed to the Helm and Helm mortuary.
Mr. Woolums was a World war veteran.  He served overseas with the American expeditionary forces from July 31, 1919 to Feb. 22, 1919.  He re-enlisted on Dec. 15, 1919 and served for one year at Camp Grant.
James Jackson Woolums was born Feb. 18, 1879 in Fairfield, Ia.  He married Mrs. Grace Woodworth in Rockford on June 30, 1920.  To that union two sons were born, Jack, 19 and Clark, 16, both a home.  Other survivors include the widow;  a step-daughter, Mrs. Ed Castelein of Moline;  a step-son, Kenneth Woodworth of Prophetstown;  two sons by his first marriage, William of Waterloo, Ia., and Mervin of California; three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
He was one of 12 children.  Two brothers, Fred and Hurd of Ottumwa, Ia., and three sisters, Hattie Maxfield of Ottumwa, Ia., Cora of Fairfield, Ia., and Emma McCreight of Santa Rosa, Calif., survive.  He was preceded in death by two sons from his first marriage.  One died when a young child and Benjamin F., died in a southern hospital during the World war.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the home and at the Methodist church at 2 p.m.  The Rev. A. E. Simester will officiate.  Burial will be in Leon cemetery.
Mr. Woolums retained membership in the Sterling post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and he formerly was a member of the American Legion post of Prophetstown.  Six members of the V.F.W. of Sterling will serve as pallbearers and the Sterling V.F.W. will be in charge of services at the cemetery.
The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
September 24, 1941 - Wednesday, pg. 10, col. 3
Veterans Conduct Rites Tuesday for J. J. Woolums At Riverside Cemetery
Funeral services for J. J. Woolums, 62, World war veteran who died Sunday at his home northeast of Prophetstown, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Prophetstown Methodist church, Rev. A. E. Simester officiated.  Mrs. H. F. Eshelman sang "Beautiful Words of Jesus" and "Sometime We'll Understand," accompanied on the organ by Mrs. V. R. Olmstead.   Interment was in the Leon cemetery. The Sterling post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, of which the deceased was a member, was in charge of the services at the grave.
Six members of the post, who served as pallbearers were Fred Allai, Walter Snyder, Chester Cannon, Earl Overholser, Clyde Shore and H. Wiles, all of Sterling.  Mr. and Mrs. William Obendorf, Mrs. William Buchwald and Mr. and Mrs. John Sippel assisted with the flowers.

Relatives from a distance who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Hurd Woolums, Cecil Woolums, Frank Woolums, Fred Woolums and son, Fred., jr.,  Mrs. S. R. Maxwell, Serena Peterson, Doris Hughey, Ottumwa, Ia.,;  Mr. and Mrs. William Woolums and daughter Beverly, Waterloo, Ia.; Mr. Wilson Phyllis, Mrs. Alta Penderson, Mrs. Dan Cameron, Woodhull;  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hubbard, Mrs Ella Hubbard, Mrs. Charles Maurer, Chicago;  Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Lane, Davenport;  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Castelein, Moline. 

Also See: James Jackson Woolum, d. 1965

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