Henry Gaffney obit; Alton Evening Telegraph, Wed, Oct 16, 1963, p 22
Gaffney Henry Gaffney of 1251 W. 9th St., a retired grocer, died at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Hospital where he had been a patient since Oct. 5. He had been in ill health since June. Mr. Gaffney had been in the grocery business in Alton for a number of years. He had been employed first as a meat cutter at the old Head grocery store on State street. Later he bought and operated the store. Born at Carrollton, Sept. 15, 1887, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Gaffney. He was married Sept. 24, 1914, at Springfield to the former Bessie Pope. He had lived in Alton for 42 years. Mr. Gaffney was a member of First Baptist Church where he had served as deacon for 22 years and had taught a Sunday School Class in his earlier years. He also belonged to Modern Woodman Lodge. Surviving are his wife; a son, Harold, Alton; two daughters, Mrs. Ember Corwin, Alton, and Mrs. William Looper, Godfrey; two brothers, John, Jerseyville, and Thomas, Medora; three sisters, Mrs. Rose Wade, and Mrs. Ellen Brown, Jerseyville, and Mrs. Alice Carstens, Pasadena, Texas, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Myrtle Smith and his parents died previously. Funeral rites will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in Gent Chapel by the Rev. Orrin Anderson, pastor of First Baptist Church, burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. Visiting hours at the chapel will be after 2 p.m. Thursday.