Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - William Gerald Dawson

To go with my last posting, of Wednesday, here is the obituary for William Gerald Dawson, who was called Gerald.  [I made the photocopy of the obituary from a scrapbook located at the Edgar Co, Genealogy Library, Paris, IL in May 2010.]


In Memory of William Gerald Dawson

   Gerald, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.V. Dawson, was born in Freeport, Stephenson, Co., Illinois, February 21st, 1910.
   He died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 27th, 1918, after a brief illness.
   He leaves baby-sister, father and mother, his grandparents and many relatives and friends.

We know that brother is not dead -
Although his voice to us seems stilled,
He speaks - as yet- in accent clear,
And all our hearts with love is filled.
We loved his happy childish ways,
To all - he to our hearts endeared,
His way he won through paths of love,
Towards things sublime - and never feared.
As memory calls to mind all Good -
His form will rest beneath the sod,
His Soul lives on throughout the years
For this is Life - and Life is God.

   Funeral services were conducted at the Scottland Methodist Episcopal church, Scottland, Ill., April 30th, at 10 a.m., by Rev. F.P. Bonnefon, pastor of Edgar circuit.  The pall-bearers were four of his cousins.
   The burial was in the Chapel cemetery.

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