Martha Southwell

Obituary of Martha Southwell

Martha “Lee” Southwell, 79, of Beardstown, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at her home.

She was born April 15, 1938 in Memphis, TN, the daughter of John M. and Willie Butcher Jacobs. She married Russell Southwell on August 30, 1970 in Beardstown and he survives.

She is also survived by one son, Prentice (Heather) Southwell of Springfield; and two granddaughters, Amberlee May and Aimee Rhae Southwell. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Bryce Southwell, in infancy; and one grandson, John Robert Bryce Southwell.

Mrs. Southwell graduated from West Memphis High School and was a veteran of the United States Navy. She was of the Baptist faith.

Graveside services with military honors will be held 11 AM Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Beardstown. There will be no formal visitation. Memorials are suggested to Navy Relief Society, c/o Sager Funeral Home, 202 East 8th Street, Beardstown, IL  62618. Condolences may be sent to the family online at