4-21-1938 pg. 1
DEATH CAUSED BY PARALYSIS
James E Forkner, 82, Died at Home of Son, Grover Forkner, In Kokomo.
FUNERAL AT KEMPTON
James E Forkner, 82 years of age and a resident of this community for 80 years, died at the home of his son, Grover Forkner in Kokomo, Wednesday evening at 4:30, death being due to paralysis. The body was removed to the McMullan funeral home in Kempton for preparation and to await services, which will be held at the funeral home Friday afternoon at 3:00, with Rev L R Gray officiating, and the Masonic Lodge of Kempton will be in charge. Interment will be in the Kempton cemetary, beside the wife, whose death occurred Oct. 4, 1931.
About three years ago the deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis and was found in his home north of Kempton, where he had been living alone. December 9, 1935, he went to the home of the son, Grover, in Kokomo, where he had been given every care and consideration, but subsequent attacks of paralysis further weakened the once rugged man and the end came Wednesday eveing.
The deceased was for many years one of the well-known and well-liked men. He was a member of the Christian church and a charter member of the Kempton Masonic lodge, which will have charge of the service Friday afternoon. The body will lie in state at the funeral home from one o'clock Thursday afternoon to the hour of services and friends are invited to call.
James E Forkner was a son of James Madison and Serilda Forkner and was born February 16, 1856 east of Atlanta, at what was known as Shieldsville. His mother died when he was but siz weeks old and he was taken into the home of James and Sarah Shiel, pioneers of that community. His mother's maiden name was Hackleman and she having been a sister of Jacob and Pleasant Hackleman of Tipton, both deceased. When about one year old he was taken by the late William and Pheobe Rouls who reared him a young man, they being the parents of the former mayor S D Rouls of Tipton, now residing in Angola.
September 8, 1880 the deceased was united in marriage to Miss Farrell Recobs, daughter of Mr and Mrs James Recobs and following their marriage they resided on the Recobs homestead southeast of Tipton many years. Later they moved to Kempton community and purchased the farm north of Kempton where the wife died in 1931.
Surviving relatives are the son Grover and two grandchildren, Mrs Basil Flora and Dale Forkner all of Kokomo. Fred M Recobs, former sheriff of this county, now a guard of Pendleton is a brother-in-law. Several nephews and nieces including Dayton Recobs, Frank Recobs, Mrs Oral Devault and others are nephews and nieces residing in this county.
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