Hardin County

William P. Warford

William P. Warford Buried Sunday.
Retired Businessman and Banker Died Friday in Herrin, Ill., Had Operated First Bank Here

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ill. (July 22, 1943) — In failing health for the past year, William P. Warford, who a short time ago had gone to the home of his son, David in Marion, died in the hospitat at Herrin, Friday.

Funeral services for him were held here in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Hubert Barnett officiating, assisted by Rev. O. Stine.

Burial was in the Oddfellows Cemetery.

Mr. Warford was 83 years old, the son of Willima N. Warford. He moved to Elizabethtown in 1883, when his father bought the general merchandising store where Henry's store is now located, from C.M. Ferrell. W. P. Warford and John Shell opened it as Shell and Warford but later Warford bought Shell's interest. He operated the store until 1913, when he sold it to John W. Henry, now circuit clerk. Mr. Warford had not been active in business in Elizabethtown since then, but owned the property in the block from the corner where the store is located to the alley, as well as his own home, for many years.

In 1890 Mr. Warford opened the First Bank in the county, his private bank, in the store which he began managing in 1883. He opertated this bank until 40 years ago, this week, when it was sold to the present First State Bank of Elizabethtown. Mr. Warford was the vice president of the new bank and director for many yers.

He had been married to Maggie Price, daughter of Tom Price November 26, 1885. She died on March 20, 1934.

Mr. Warford is survived by his son David, who is vice president of the First State Bank, his daughter, Mrs. Murial Duley of Adairsville, Ky., and Mrs H. N. Pritchard of Fort Wayne, Ind. He was a member of the Christian Church.

Mr. Warford's body was brought home from Herrin Friday night. The casket was taken to the church at 1:30 Sunday afternoon, and remained open until 3 o'clock for those who wished to do so, to view the last remains. The casket was closed when services commenced.

During the service Mrs Dotty Winters Clark, Mrs Gladys Galloway and Mrs Lora Henry sang "Brighten the Corner Where You Are," Mr. Warford's favorite song.

Pall bearers were: Earl Galloway, W. T. Henry, Charles D. Leldbetter, Ulys Humm, Harry Ledbetter, and John L. Hetherington.

Two of Mr. Warford's grandsons who are in the navy were unable to attend his funeral. They are W. P. Duley Jr. and Jack Duley. Two are attending school at Louisville, Ky.

Thanks to Wanda H. Reed for contributing this article to the Hardin County ILGenWeb site. The Hardin County Independent first published this article on July 22, 1943.


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