Hi -I can't help with the obit, but have found the following information.In 1870 Jefferson Co. IL census, NEWTON Chaffin, age 7;John Chaffin, age 10;and William Chaffin, age 12 are listed in the household of Bird and Emily Reed.In 1860 Jefferson Co. IL census, there is this household:
#2017 - Jefferson Chaffin, age 24, b. TN Sorrena Chaffin, age 21 b. TN Wm. A., male, 2 b. IL Jno A., male, 8/12 b. IL.
The Jefferson Chaffin family is living next door to the Bird and Emily Reed in 1860.Other posted information indicates that Bird and Emily Reed are parents of SARENA REED - Jefferson Chaffin married Sarena Reed on 13 November 1855 in Jefferson Co. IL, Vol 002, pg. 0042.
It would appear that parents of Newton Everett Chaffin are Jefferson Chaffin and Sarena Reed, and siblings are William A., b. c. 1858 and John/Jonathan A. b. c. 1859.Perhaps Jefferson Chaffin died during the war??