John W. Flannigan

Contributed by Jim Simmons. Thanks, Jim.

Pub. Times, January 19, 1922



       Scarcely any death which has occurred in our midst in the past decade has brought forth the comments and words of sincere sorrow as the occasioned Tuesday when word was received here that John W. Flannigan had passed away at Mt. Vernon.

       Mr. Flannigan has been in prior health for some time and several days ago was operated on at the Egyptian hospital at Mt. Vernon for gall stones.  He seemingly recovered in part from the operation and was getting along nicely.  So rapidly did he improve and recover from the shock of the operation, that the stitches had been removed from his wound.  Tuesday morning about 5:00 o'clock without any warning or apparent suffering on his part, he ceased to breathe and his spirit was wafted into that great beyond.

       The remains were brought to this city on the night train Tuesday night and taken to the residence of Mrs. Asbury.  They were taken to the home in Twigg township yesterday and interred in Hickory Hill cemetery this morning.

       Deceased leaves a loving wife and two small children at home, while he is mourned by several children who are grown to man and womanhood.

       John Flannigan will be mourned by the entire citizenship of the county.  As for his immediate neighborhood--Twigg township--he has been a sort of Godfather and guardian angel for many a man who was in need of a friend tried and true.  Hi influence for good and the betterment of our citizenship has permeated far beyond his acquaintance and field of personal service.

       The entire county mourns the loss of a good citizen.


       John M. Flannigan, son of Richard C. and Eliza M. Flannigan, was born in Hamilton County, Illinois, April 21, 1867.  He died at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, January 17, 1922, aged 54 years, 8 months and 25 days.

       Mr. Flannigan went to the hospital in Mt. Vernon, January 6th and underwent an operation for gall stones January 8th.  The operation seemed to be successful, and he improved so rapidly as could be expected until the morning of January 17th when he died suddenly of heart failure.

       Mr. Flannigan was married to Florence Hall, February 7th, 1889.  To this union six children were born, two of which preceded him in death.  Mrs. Florence Hall Flannigan died November 24th, 1902.

       On May 27th, 1903, he was married to Tillie Irvin.  To this union one children was born, Mrs. Tillie Irvin Flannigan, died December 4th, 1909.

       He was married to Cora Webb, May 29th, 1911.  To this union one children was born.

       Brother Flannigan professed faith in Christ and united with the Hickory Hill Baptist church in 1890.  He was also an active member of the Masonic Fraternity until death.

       He spent he entire life in this community, and his life speaks for itself.

       He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, six children, namely, Mrs. Beatrice Lee of Herrin, Mrs. Beula Adams of Martin, Tenn., Louis Flannigan of West Frankfort, Nora, John Irvin and Mary Teresa Flannigan, still at home; a step-mother, Mrs. Kate W. Flannigan of Walpole, one brother, Robert F. Flannigan of Menette, Arkansas, one half sister, Mrs. Eliza M. McGhee of Frankfort Height and two half brothers, R. D. Flannigan of McLeansboro and Richard Flannigan of Galatia, in addition to these , he leaves four grandchildren and many friends.

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