|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1858|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1942|
Son of Joshua M. Chance and Mary Phillips.
Obituary from Pike county newspaper
JAMES W. CHANCE
James W. Chance died Monday morning at 7:30, July 27, at his home in Evansville after an illness covering many months, although through-out his failing months he had not been down much of the time. His death was caused of a heart affection.
James W. Chance was well known throughout Pike county. He was born in Coshocton, Ohio August 26, 1858, having reached the advanced age of 83 years, 11 months and 1 day.
In his early boyhood he came to Pike county and in his early manhood was married to Margaret Ann Heacock, known and loved throughout her life as Mag. They lived together until her death in June, 1932. One daughter, Ethel, was born to them, she too, having preceded the father in death. He is survived by the one grandson, Eugene Mart who had always lived with his grandfather, and two great grandchildren, children of the only near relative Mr. Chance left. A sister, Mrs. W. J. Canfield of East St. Louis, also survives.
In his early manhood Mr. Chance became a railroad man and for years and years he was a trainman and conductor on the Southern railway. Back in 1880s he moved with his wife to Winslow, Arizona and lived there for a few years, later returning to Pike county and then to Evansville where he again entered the service of the Southern railway. He was an expert railroad man and remained with the Southern until he reached the number of years of service for retirement.
At one time Mr. Chance was in business in Winslow and at his death owned a farm northeast of the town on the Highbank road.
Prior to his removal to Arizona, Mr. Chance was made a mason in Winslow Lodge and until the day of his death his membership remained with the Winslow Lodge. For many years he had been the Lodge's oldest member.
Since young manhood Mr. Chance had been a member of the Christian church, his membership since moving to Evansville being with the church there. He was a fine citizen, honorable in all his dealings with men. He was a man possessed of a fine personality. He was friendly to all and possessed a wonderful helping spirit. He was a man who always remembered his friends and his passing brings much grief to the large circle of friends he had amassed through his long live.
The funeral service was held in the Evansville Christian church Wednesday morning. Rev. W. J. Pearcey of the Presbyterian church, preached the funeral discourse. The Knights Templar had charge of the service, Mr. Chance being a member of all the Masonic bodies of the York Rite. Burial was in Oak Hills cemetery, Evansville, by the side of his wife.
Margaret A. Heacock Chance (1862 - 1932)
Ethel Chance Mart (1885 - 1913)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Created by: James M Phillips
Record added: Jul 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15041533
Added: Jan. 14, 2009