Truman and Clifford Steele

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Truman and Clifford Steele

Published: Times-Leader, February 21, 1974


Double funeral services for Truman Steele, 82, of Rt. 5, McLeansboro and his son, Clifford Steele, 57, of St. Charles, a former county resident, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.19 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Irvin Braden officiating.

Interment for Truman Steele was in Glenview Memorial Gardens and for Clifford Steele was in the Hopewell Cemetery.  Masonic rites for both father and son were held at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Truman Steele passed away at 11:59 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

His son was killed at 1:15 p.m. the same day when his car left Rt. 47 near Forrest, IL in Livingstone County and overturned.  Clifford Steele was enroute to McLeansboro to make his fatherís funeral arrangements.

Mr. Truman Steele was born Dec. 11,1891 in Hamilton County, the son of George and Ella (Reed) Steele.  He was married to Martha McGill who preceded him in death.  He was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church near Dale and was a member of the Tuscan Lodge No. 630 A. F. and A. M.  at  Walpole.

He leaves one son, John Steele of Broughton, one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Shangle of Mountain Grove, Idaho, a half-brother, Oscar McGill of McLeansboro, three sisters, Mrs. Vacle Lasswell of Broughton, Mrs.  Verba Johnson of McLeansboro and Mrs. Amba Alladin of McLeansboro, five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Mr. Clifford Steele was born in Hamilton County on March 1, 1916 the son of Truman and Martha (McGill) Steele.  He was married to Evelyn Nation who survives.  He was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church near Dale and of Tuscan Lodge No. 630, A. F. and A. M., Walpole.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn, he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Glenda Faber, Mrs. Joyce Davis and Mrs. Karma Desha, all of St. Charles, a brother John Steele of Broughton, a sister, Mrs. Ruth Shangle of Mountain Home, Idaho, and four grandchildren.

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