Andrew Jefferson Foulk

Published: Times, July 15, 1926

ANDREW JEFFERSON FOULK, son of John Beck and Julia Foulk, was born in Ashley, Illinois, May 31, 1862, and passed from this life at his home in McLeansboro, Wednesday, July 8, 1926, aged 64 years, 1 month and 7 days.

He was the tenth of thirteen children, most of whom died in infancy.  Both parents were born and reared in Tennessee and came to Illinois in about 1860.  The father was a millwright.  Consequently, the family lived in several towns during the first twenty years of their residence in Illinois.  They finally settled at Belle City in 1882.  Here the father had come to build a mill, and it was here that he died in 1895.  The mother died in 1908.

February 14, 1884, at the age of 22, Mr. Foulk married Martha Josephine Crouch. They resided in their farm near Belle City until 1902.  Here both daughters were born and here for eighteen years, the family lived and labored among their relatives and friends in the beautiful and neighborly way of good country people.  The family moved to McLeansboro in 1902, where they had since made their home.

Mr. Foulk, with his wife, united with the M. E. Church at Belle City in 1887, under the pastorate of Rev. Hoffman.  Upon moving to McLeansboro, he became an active member of the local church.  He was for many years a member of the official board and for several years was Sunday School Superintendent and Treasurer of the church.  He was always constant and sincere in his loyalty to the church as in every other relationship in life.

He was a member of the Modern Woodmen for nearly thirty years, and of the Odd Fellows since moving to McLeansboro.  He enjoyed the fellowship of the men of these fraternities.

Mr. Foulk learned the building trade from his father and since coming to McLeansboro, he has been a builder and a contractor.  He delighted in work and his workmanship was of the highest order.  He had been working the day of his death and was panning for more work.  The new public school, the Methodist church, and many homes in McLeansboro are the result of his labor and supervision.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father, and a dutiful son.  He was a loyal and true citizen of his community and nation.  He was constant in his fraternal ties and devoted to the Christian way of life.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Josephine Foulk, two daughters, Mrs. Madeline Yost and Mrs. Bertha Brandon; four grandchildren, Thelma Lenora Brandon and Gwendolyn Josephine, Madeline Dorothea, and Paul Wesley Yost; one brother, Charles Foulk of San Francisco, Calif. and other distant relatives and a great host of friends.  One little granddaughter, Ernestine Elaine Brandon, who was born in the grandfather's home, preceded him to the Heavenly home.

The pains of death are past, labor and sorrow cease; and, life's long warfare closed at last.  His soul is found in peace, Soldier of Christ, well done!  Praise be thy new employ; and while eternal ages run, best in they Savior's joy.

Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. S. A. Matthews, the pastor, assisted by Rev. C. C. Hall of Mt. Vernon, Dr. Cameron Harmon of Lebanon, and Rev. John B. Maulding.  Interment took place at Belle City.

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