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|THE WESTERN STAR, 25 June 1915|
|Obituary of JOHN W. YORK|
|JOHN W. YORK
Born. October 30, 1849.
Died. June 17, 1915.
The news of the death of John W. York, which occurred at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 1915, at his home 11 miles east of this city, brought to the entire community the most profound sense of sorrow, for he was widely known and esteemed almost as a personal friend by every one. As the wires carried the message, "Uncle John York is dead," there came instinctively into each heart the feeling of a loss of one of the best of neighbors and a citizen loyal and true to every standard of right living. It was quite generally known that Mr. York was in poor health, but few were aware of the seriousness of this condition. He was in town less than 2 weeks before his death and was apparently feeling some better. Soon afterwards, however, he became worse. It was then evident that his condition was extremely critical. He became unconscious about 24 hours before the end came and passed away as in a peaceful sleep. While he was yet conscious and realizing that he had not long to live, he called the members of his family about him and in words of the most fatherly tenderness and love counseled and prayed with them. It was a beautiful and touching "goodbye."
Mr. York's sickness began nearly a year ago and was due to a complication of physical infirmities. He was up and about much of the time, however. He remained patient, uncomplaining and hopeful to the end. His example of unselfish, quiet and noble living and his confident and peaceful approach to the hour of death will ever be an inspiring memory.
The funeral services were held at the home at 10 a.m. on Saturday and were conducted by Rev. J. Bert Smith, pastor of the Wilmore Baptist church. The sermon was appropriate in the thoughts presented and impressive in its delivery. Rev. Smith spoke from the text, "How are the mighty fallen." Rev. E. A. Powell and Rev. A. Burrill, both special friends of the deceased, assisted in the services. The former read the first psalm and offered prayer; the latter read 11 Samuel, 1:19-27. The Coldwater M.E. Male Quartet sang beautifully some of Mr. York's favorite hymns. The attendance was quite large, probably 400 people coming from all over the eastern half of the county, besides several families from outside of the county. About 50 automobiles and a number of carriages formed the procession from the home to the Coldwater cemetery where the body was laid to rest. Floral tributes and many other evidences of esteem and of kindly regard for the deceased were generously bestowed.
The pall-bearers were: Three of his nearest neighbors-W. J. Pepperd, J.
M. McCay and G. J. Isenbart; also three of his Baptist brethren in
Wilmore-W.J. Ray, W. H. Long and G. J. Herndon, all of whom were near
|Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier|
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