Funeral services for the late Jesse McColley, whose death took place at the home of his sister, Mrs. J.M. Casey, Wednesday evening will be conducted Friday afternoon. The services will be in charge of Rev. J. Leo Noland, and will be held in the Baptist church at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Goar cemetery at Jackson. Last night, shortly after 7 o'clock, Jesse McColley, age 80 years and one day, died at the home of his sister and his daughter, Mrs. J.M. Casey and Mrs. Mae Pape, on East Jackson Street, after an illness of about five days. Last Friday the aged man suffered an attack while at the Gem restaurant on South Main street and had to be removed to his home. He appeared to have suffered a stroke of paralysis, one arm being affected. His decline from that time was rapid and the end was not unexpected. Mr. McColley, never of a very rugged build, had not been in good health for several years, and his wife also is very ill. They have for years made their home at Jackson, but during the winter for the past several years, Mr. McColley had been residing with his children and Mrs. McColley lived with her son, Earnest Vair, at Jackson. Besides the widow, Mr. Mccolley is survived by a son, Harry, of Indianapolis, and a daugher, Mrs. Mae Pape of this city. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. J.M. Casey, of East Jackson street, at whose home he died. In addtion, there are a number of grandchildren. Jesse McColley was for years one of the well known characters of the township in which he has resided for many years. He was born in Shelby county, Nov. 10, 1840, and resided in that county until 1876 when he moved to Tipton county, locating on 40 acres of land near Jackson which he had purchased prior to removing here. His parents were James and Caroline (McMahon) McColley. He was the eldest of their three children, Nicholas M. deceased, and Mrs. J.M. (Cynthia A.) Casey being the only one surviving. Jesse was a man who had many friends, being of that sunny, cheerful disposition which endeared him to family and acquaintences. He loved children and during the past few years of his life, whilespending much of his time in Tipton, he became acquainted with many of the little ones. They knew that if they stopped to talk with him a penny or nickel would be awaiting.
Mr. McColley was three times married. His first wife was Miss Delia McColley, who was no relation. They married in Shelby county in 1875, her death (June 4, 1877) occurring before his removal to Tipton county. His second wife was Miss Sarah Basey, the mother of his two children, Harry, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Mae Pape, of this city. (Sarah was first married to Thomas S. McCorkhill/McCorkle). Several years ago, on February, 26, 1893, Jesse was united in marriage to Mrs. Dora Vair of Jackson, who survives. He is also survived by a stepson, Earnie (Earnest) Vair of Jackson.
The passing of this well known citizen removes another from the ranks of the early settlers of this community and his passing is a matter of genuine regret to his many friends.
This obituary appeared in the Tipton Tribune on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1925