Obituary: Ida May Bannon, 86, formerly of Narvon R3, died
Thursday after a
lengthy illness at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, where she had resided for the
last 8 1/2 years. Mrs. Bannon was a member of Nantmeal United Methodist Church.
Born in Nantmeal Township, Chester County, she was the daughter of the late
Jacob and Annie Thomas McAfee. Her husband, Theodore K. Bannon, died in 1981.
Surviving are a son, Charles E., husband of Gladys Boley Bannon of East
Earl; three daughters, Edna M., wife of LeRoy Becker of Linfield, Mary A.
Andrew of Goodville and Emma May, wife of I. Eugene Shirk of Churchtown; 15
grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a
sister, Mary Lockart of Elverson; and a brother, Walter McAfee of Spring
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GEORGE H. SMITH, 70, of 359 Third Ave., died yesterday morning at 5:30 at the
Phoenixville Hospital where he had been a patient for a month. Death was due
to a heart ailment. Born in Zieglerville, Mr. Smith was the son of the late
SAMUEL and CHRISTIANA (SCHENKEL) SMITH. He attended Sellersville High School
and the Bethlehem preparatory School. Mr. Smith spent most of his life in
Phoenixville and for a number of years was employed by his brother in the
J.J. Smith Clothing Store, 214 Bridge St. Later he worked at the Taylor Fibre
Co., and was retired in 1953. He attended St. John's Lutheran Church and was
a member of the Coatesville Elks; Charity 190, F and AM, of Norristown, and
Knights Templar 55 (Centennial Commandry), Coatesville. Surviving are a
sister, Mrs. ELLA M. WAGNER, of Baltimore, Md. and a niece, Barbara Wagner,
of Baltimore. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Kepp
Funeral Home, 416 S. Main St. Burial will be in the Sellersville Cemetery.
Friends may call tomorrow night.
A heart attack caused the death this morning of GEORGE W. SMITH, well known
Chester and Montgomery County retired farmer, who for the past few years has
made his home at 446 Bridge St. He was aged 74. Mr. Smith was stricken ten
days ago and had been confined to his bed since that time. A second attack
today caused his death at 10:35 o'clock. His passing comes as a shock to his
many friends in the community. Mr. Smith was born in Phoenixville, a son of
the late JAMES and MARIA (nee BATMAN) SMITH. He had been engaged in farming
nearly all his life, conduscting (sic) farms near Brownback's Church,
Charlestown and in the vicinity of Spring City. He operated a large farm a
number of years ago on the present site of the Century-Beverly Company
Knitting plant in Spring City, located in the heart of the present business
district. After Mr. Smith disposed of that farm, the site was sold into
industrial and building lots. The last farm Mr. Smith conducted was at Port
Providence. Two years ago he retired and moved into the borough. Prior to
that time he and his family had lived in Pottstown and in the Chester Valley.
On December 25, 1884, Mr. Smith was married to Miss KATE HARTMAN, daughter
of the late PHILIP and MARY (nee COOK) HARTMAN, of Spring City. Surviving,
in addition to the widow, are the following children: DELLA, wife of ADOLF
SIMONS, 6750 Gyer Avenue, Philadelphia; EDNA, wife of WILLIAM HEPP, Chester
Avenue, Phoenixville; OLIVE, wife of MILTON SPARE, Auburn, N.Y.; ESTELLA,
wife of WILLIAM HINKLE, 154 Quick street, Phoenixville; MABEL, wife of wife
of FRANK HINKLE, Walnut street; DOROTHY, at home and GEORGE, of Walnut
street, Mont Clare. There also survive three sisters, Mrs. SUE FRIEDMAN,
Mrs. ANNIE THAYER, and Mrs. MARY LANDIS, all of Pottstown and 35
With Rev. PAUL S. PARKER, pastor performing the ceremony, Miss HELEN V.
UMBLE, Mont Clare, was married to ALBERT J. FARRA, Chester Springs, Saturday
afternoon in the Vincent Baptist Church parsonage, Chester Springs.
Following the ring ceremony, the couple left on a short honeymoon trip. They
were attended by LEWIS FARR and Miss ETHEL B. FARRA, brother and sister of
the bridegroom. Upon their return they will reside on Walnut street, Mont
JACOB L. McAFEE
Jacob L. McAfee, East Nantmeal township farmer, died yesterday from a
complication of diseases. He was aged 52 years, 7 months and 24 days. He
formerly resided near St. Matthews' Reformed Church.
Mr. McAfee was a son of the late Jacob and Martha (nee Hoffecker) McAfee,
and was known throughout the county as an expert agriculturalist. He
operated farms most of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Anna (nee Thomas) McAfee; six children; Mary,
wife of Clyde Lockart, Pughtown; Thomas E., East Nantmeal; Margaret I., at
home; Ida May, wife of Theodore Shannon, Churchtown; George and Walter, at
home; four sisters Emma, widow of William Miller; Margaret, wife of William
McElroy; Laura, wife of Walter Benny; Florence wife of Harvey Bachman, and
Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1.30 o'clock in
Nantmeal M. E. Church. Burial will be in St. Matthews' Reformed Cemetery,
near Ludwig's Corner.