October 5, 1931
MRS FORKNER DIED SUNDAY
Was Daughter of James and Lydia Recobs, and Was born here in 1857
LAST RIGTES TUESDAY
Mrs Verrell F Forkner, 74, wife of J E Forkner, living one and one half miles north of Kempton, died Sunday night at 9:25 o'clock, following an illness of long duration, the last few weeks of which she had been rapidly losing ground. Saturday her condition was much worse and her only brother, Fred M Recobs, of Tipton, was called to her bedside.
The passing of this splendid woman, is a source of much regret to the many friends she leaves and removes from this community on of the older native born Tiptonians. Mrs Forkner was born in Tipton, her parents, James and Lydia (Burnett) Recobs, coming here in 1849 when the town had 100 inhabitants and the roads leading here were little more than stock paths. The same fall the family moved to Tipton a deer was slain on Jefferson street, near the northeast corner of the public square.
Mrs Forkner was one of thirteen children, five dying in infancy, and eight living to be adults. Of the thirteen children, Fred M Recobs, of Tipton is the only survivor. Mrs Forkner was born April 25, 1857. September 28, 1880, she united in marriage to James E Forkner, and one son, Grover Forkner, of Kokomo, and the husband survive.
Following their marriage, Mr and Mrs Forkner began housekeeping on a farm north of Kempton, and resided in that community all of their married life. Mrs Forkner was a woman of many good traits, a wife and mother who loved her home, and a neighbor who could be depended on in a time of need. She was a devout Christian.
Funeral services are to be held at the home north of Kempton Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and burial will be in the Kempton cemetary.
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