Obituary - Allen Webb

Another Civil War Veteran has answered final call- Funeral Services held Tuesday.
A. N. Webb, for over seventy years a resident of Tunnel Hill Township died Sunday night after a short illness of only a few days.  In his death the ranks of the Civil War Veterans are again broken, leaving only eight now in Johnson County.  Funeral Services were held at the Saint's Church on Tuesday morning, with internment in the Webb Cemetery.  The service was ably conducted by Elder P. G. McMahan, a life long friend and associate of the deceased and he was assisted by Rev. E. W. Sutton.  Three of his comrades, Jim Hester, Mart Hankins and George Huffman attended the services in a body and paid their respects to their comrade.
Mr. Webb was among the oldest residents of this county.  His span of years have extended over a greater period than most of us will be able to attain.  He has seen the pioneer life of his early youth change to the present day modernness and achievement.  He has not been critical through life as he witnessed old htings giving way for the new.  He took it as a matter of course and was a part of the program.  As a tribute to his worthy life, at the funeral the church house was crowded to over-flowing with relatives and friends.  His jovial disposition, charitable nature, honesty and love for his fellow man marked him one of the most loved citizens of Tunnel Hill.
Following is the obituary read at the service:
"Allen N. Webb or better known as Uncle Nimrod Webb, was born in Cumberland County, Tennessee 12 Feb. 1842.  Departed this life 15 Mar 1931 age 89 years, 1 month and 3 days.  When yet a boy he left Tennessee with his parents and came to the state of Illinois in the year 1854, settling on the land which he will soon occupy as his final resting place.  In the year 1866 he was married to Clementine Simmons.  To this union ten children were born, five having preceded him in death, namely; John, Frank, Zellah, Melzenia and James.  Those surviving, are Mrs. Parless Henson of LIncoln, Ill; Mrs. Charlie Smith, Carbondale, Mrs. A.R. Allbright, Marion; Mrs. Millie Coonce and Mrs. Laura Fitzgerald of Tunnel Hill.
His wife preceded him in death some 26 years ago.  "After his wife's death his daughter, Zillah and two sons came and made their home with him until Zillah's death eleven years ago.  Since then he has made his home with Laura, dying at her home.  "He enlisted in the U.S. Army n 1861 and served in the same until the end of the war.  He was wounded in the battle of Buzzard Roost, carrying the bullet in his hip for many months.  For the past four months he has been visiting his other daughters, only returning home two weeks before his death.  Uncle Nimrod was a good man, a good neighbor, an affectionate husband, a loving father, a man who was willing to lend a helping hand in time of sickness, death, distress or need.  Although he never joined a church, he was generous with all denominations, believing that every person has a right to their own belief.  He always had a smile for everyone even until the last  The little boys meeting him when he cme home from a visit rejoiced because of his returned.   He always had a kind word for the children and they for him.  He will be sadly missed by his friends and loved ones, but he has gone home to his final resting place.  He leaves to mourn , his five daughters, one sister Sarah Harrell of Cobden and 22 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.  All that he complained of at the last was that he was tired and could not rest."

Source: Vienna Times

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