William B. Underwood

From: Dahlgren Echo, September 15, 1921

William B. Underwood, who died suddenly at his shoe repair shop Friday afternoon was buried Monday afternoon.  Services were held at Epworth M. E. Church at 2 o'clock conducted by the pastor, the Rev. W. E. Lamp, burial following at Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Underwood is survived by his wife, Mrs. Orabella Underwood, and the following named children: Mrs. Clara Hook, Dahlgren; W. A. Underwood, Mt. Vernon; Ed Underwood and Olan Underwood, Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. E. T. Hart and Mrs. Lorena Tyler, Mt. Vernon, Mrs. G. B. Buck, Durham, N.C.

The following named brothers and sisters survive: Al Underwood, Greenville, Ky.; D. J. Underwood, McLeansboro; John Underwood, Dahlgren; James Underwood, Mascoutah; G. J. Underwood, East St. Louis, one sister, Mrs. Irene Waugh, Dahlgren.

William B. Underwood was born in Muhlenberg county, Ky., June 14, 1837 and was in his 75th year.  The family moved to Illinois many years ago and located in Hamilton county.  Mr. Underwood with his family came to Jefferson county in 1889.

Mr. Underwood for the last twelve years had engaged in shoe repairing and conducted a well equipped plant in the building at Ninth and Harrison street, where he died so suddenly and unexpectedly Friday afternoon.

Mr. Underwood was one of Mt. Vernon's best and most highly respected citizens.  He was a very religious man and a consecrated worker in the Epworth M. E. Church, of which he was long a member.  He will be greatly missed in the church and was an influence for good in the community work.  He led the prayer meeting on Wednesday evening of the week he died.

Mr. Underwood's health had been better than usual this summer, and he was cheerful, happy and optimistic.  He was in his usual health Friday, partook of a dinner as usual and left singing for his work after the mid-day meal.

The song he sang will long be remembered by his loved ones, part of the words being "I have another home not made with hands."

Coroner J. W. Laur held an inquest Saturday morning and the jury found that death was due to apoplexy.___Mt. Vernon Register.

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