George W. Donley

Contributed by Jim Simmons. Thanks, Jim.

Pub. Times-Leader, June 10, 1937


Funeral Services For Prominent McLeansboro Man Were Held Monday.

       George W. Donley, son of Sebron and Haney Hart Donley, was born near McLeansboro on Oct. 3, 1858.  He departed this life at his home in McLeansboro on June 5, 1937, just as the sun was setting in the western sky, at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 2 days.

        On Nov. 19, 1882, he was united in marriage to Anna Campbell.  To this union one son, Emory was born, who with his mother preceded him in death.

        On January 26, 1887, he was united in marriage to Laura Belle Webb.  To this union one daughter was born, Ethel, now the wife of Felix Malone.

        Hillard Tyler, an orphan boy, at the age of 10 years came into their home to live.  No father and son were more devoted to each other than they were in Mr. Donley's declining years.  Hillard was constantly with him during the last few weeks to help relieve his suffering.

        Besides the above named family, Mr. Donley also leaves five sisters, Mrs. Lillie Crosby of Brookings, Oregon, Mrs. Anna James, Mrs. Julia Wilson, Mrs. Mary Davis and Mrs. Lizzie Stephens all of McLeansboro, and a host of nephews, nieces and friends, who mourn his departure.

        Mr. Donley held many public offices, being County Treasurer of Hamilton County from 1902-1906, and at different times was Supervisor of McLEANSBORO and Mayberry townships.  All of these offices were held with credit to himself and the County.

        At an early age he professed religion and united with the New Hope Baptist Church, being baptized by Elder John B. Smith.  He later moved his membership to the Broughton Baptist Church, where he remained a member until death.

]        Funeral services were conducted at the home of East Market Street in McLEANSBORO on Monday afternoon, June 7, at 2 o'clock, by the Rev. John B. Maulding.  Interment took place in the Odd Fellows cemetery.



We sincerely thank each and everyone who assisted us, in any way, during the illness and funeral of our dear husband and father.--Mrs.. George W. Donley, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Malone, Hillard Tyler.



In memory of Brother George W. Donley, who died June 5, 1937.

Once again death has summoned a Brother Odd Fellow, and the golden gateway to the Eternal City has opened to welcome him home.

He has completed his work in the ministry to the wants of the afflicted in shedding light into darkened souls and in bringing joy into places of misery, and as his reward has received the plaudits, "well done" from the Supreme Master.

So let him sleep that dreamless sleep,
Our sorrows clustering 'round his head;
Be comforted, ye loved who weep.
He lives with God--he is not dead.

And Whereas, the all-wise and merciful Master has called our beloved and respected Brother home;

And Whereas, he having been a true and faithful Brother of our Order, therefore be it

Resolved, that the charter of Hamilton lodge, No. 191, I.O.O.F., McLeansboro, Illinois, in testimony of its loss, be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that we tender to the family our deceased Brother our sincere condolence in their deep affliction, and that these Resolutions be spread upon the records of the Lodge, a copy sent to the family, and a copy given to the local newspaper for publication.

Earl H. Crane,
Frank Glenn,
Roy Phipps,

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