Andrew J. Lockwood

From: McLeansboro Times

Andrew J. Lockwood, age 59, a well-known and highly respected Hamilton County farmer and retired school teacher, died suddenly Saturday, January 1, 1927, between 8 and 9 o'clock a.m. at his home about eight miles south of this city in the Braden Valley community.

Mr. Lockwood was in the barn looking after his stock when he became suddenly ill.  He hastened to the house and told his wife to call the neighbors as he believed he was dying.  His wife assisted him to a chair and while administering to him, he slumped forward in his chair and died before assistance could arrive.  Apoplexy is said to have been the cause of death.

He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Janie Mangis of Harrisburg, Ill., and Mrs. Georgia Sloan of Putnam, Ill.

The deceased served as a teacher in the schools of Hamilton And adjoining counties for twenty-six years.  He was a member of McLeansboro Lodge No. 111, Knights of Pythias.  Funeral services were held at Braden Valley church Monday Morning, conducted by Rev. G. W. Leathers.  Interment in Braden Valley cemetery.


Andrew J. Lockwood, son of Albert F. and Cordilia J. Lockwood, was born September 4, 1857; departed this life January 1, 1927, aged 59 years, 3 months and 27 days.

He was married to Minnie M. Capps July 4, 1900, and to this union two children were born, Georgia L. Sloan of Putnam, Ill, and Janie M. Mangis of Harrisburg, Ill.

He was converted in a revival held at Braden Valley General Baptist church by Brother W. H. Shook in 1911, after which he united with the church and was ordained a deacon a short time later.  He lived ever as a faithful Christian and always discharged his duties as a ;member with the idea of advancing the cause he loved more dearly than any other.

Andy, as he was familiarly called grew up in the community where he spent his entire life.  He received his education in the common schools of Hamilton County, later attending Ewing College, Carbondale, and Enfield College.  He chose the teaching profession as his life work, and taught for twenty-six years in this and adjoining counties. The good that he accomplished in his work will never be known, as there are scores and scores that can testify to the valuable aid he rendered to them in securing an education.

Andy was always more than willing to help those in need.  He stood for everything that was for the betterment and upholding of his community.  He was chosen as clerk of the Mt. Olive Association and served in that capacity for twelve years.

How slight is the barrier between time and eternity!  A few days ago, Andy was here, radiant and beautiful life and hope, his face only yesterday illuminated by a sweet smile.  Today he is still and cold and the voice which breathed a deep and earnest tenderness is hushed in silence.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his companion, two daughters, one granddaughter, Verda Ruth Mangis, an aged mother, and two brothers, William R. of Herrin; and Thomas L. of this vicinity; two sisters, Effie Knight and Hattie Hunt of McLeansboro, and many other relatives and friends.


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