April 4, 1921
OKAW FARMER IS CLAIMED BY DEATH
William Gilmer Passes Away After Several Months of Failing Health.
William Gilmer, one of the older residents of North Okaw township, where he had been engaged in farming for many years, passed away at 2:45 o'clock this afternoon at the family home, ten miles northwest of this city. Mr. Gilmer had been in failing health all winter, suffering from Bright's disease, but his condition did not become serious until last Friday. Several weeks prior to that time he had apparently improved. On Friday he suffered a cerebral hemmorhage, and since that time his condition had been growing steadily worse.
Funeral services are to be held at the Mt. Zion church, west of Cooks Mills, but the time had not been decided upon this afternoon.
Daily Journal-Gazette, Mattoon, IL
April 5, 1921
GILMER FUNERAL TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for William A. Gilmer will be conducted at Mt. Zion church west of Cooks Mills, on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. J. J. Turner and Rev. J. A. Hertel. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
Mr. Gilmer died at his home ten miles northwest of the city, on Monday afternoon. He had lived on that farm for fifty-two years. He was born on April 22, 1844, in Russell county, Virginia. He came to Coles county in 1869 and married Mrs. Emmaline Stewart the following year. The children from this marriage were: Mrs. Lewis Daily and Mrs. Nancy Jackson of Mattoon, Mrs. Emma Webb of Arcola, Charles, who died in his third year, and Albert Gilmer, who still resides at the home place. He leaves fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mr. Gilmer was converted in his young manhood and joined the Methodist church before coming to this state. He later transferred his membership to the Mt. Zion church.