|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1880|
|Death: ||Sep. 24, 1922|
RIDGEWAY JOURAL, Ridgeway, Missouri, Thursday, Sept. 28, 1922
CHARLES BILLUPS MEETS TRAGIC DEATH
It is with sadness that the Journal this week records the tragic death of Charles Billups, which occurred Sunday afternoon in the waters of Big Creek about one mile west of Ridgeway, the particulars of which appear to be substantially as follows:
On Sunday morning Charley gathered his fishing tackle together and wended his way to the creek to spend the day. He was seen by various persons at different hours throughout the day and was last seen about three o'clock in the afternoon. As he did not return home that night, a party went out early Monday morning in search of the missing man. They had some difficulty in locating him, but finally Charley's fish sack was seen floating in the water near a clump of shrubbery. Searchers immediately went into the water and located the body lying in a cramped position near the bank in about two feet of water. This was in a bend of the creek between the bridge and what is known as the "Tuggle hole". The body was immediately recovered and placed on the bank of the creek, and County Coroner Harding was summoned. Upon his arrival he viewed the body and after inquiring into the incidents of the case, he deemed an inquest was not necessary as it was apparent from all evidences in the case that Charley had suffered an epileptic attack, with which he was occasionally a subject to, and had fallen into the water. It was the opinion of the coroner that death had come to the stricken man before the body reached the water, as there was no water in the lungs as would have been the case in drowning.
The body was brought to the Ragan undertaking rooms and prepared for burial, and later removed to the home.
Charley was an energetic, hard working, honest man. He was kind hearted and generous to a fault, a good citizen, and his tragic death is mourned by all.
The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved widow and children in this, their sad hour of deep sorrow.
Charles Thomas Billups, son of Thomas and Susan Billups, was born near Chillicothe, Missouri, Feb. 6, 1880, and passed away near Ridgeway, Missouri, Sept. 24, 1922, at the age of 42 years, 7 months and 18 days.
He was married Dec. 28, 1904 to Ona A. Sellers. To this union seven children were born, four of whom survive- Inez Ruth, Mary Ilene, Vera Marie, and Leo Clark.
In the year of 1917 he accepted the word of Christ and was baptized.
He leaves to mourn his departure a devoted wife and four children, an aged father and mother, three brothers, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon after which the remains were laid to rest in the Yankee Ridge Cemetery beside loved ones gone before.
Thomas Jefferson Billups (1848 - 1925)
Susannah Magdalene Upp Billups (1854 - 1931)
Ona Angeline Sellers Billups (1884 - 1951)
Leo Clark Billups (1913 - 1971)*
Forest Elvin Billups (1918 - 1919)*
Robert Andrew Billups (1875 - 1958)*
Dora Belle Billups Rohwedder (1876 - 1963)*
Charles Thomas Billups (1880 - 1922)
Joseph Walter Billups (1882 - 1887)*
Patsy Magdalene Billups McKane (1885 - 1978)*
Mary Corilla Billups (1888 - 1890)*
David Francis Billups (1890 - 1912)*
Yankee Ridge Cemetery
Created by: LVoyles
Record added: Sep 17, 2006
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