Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, January 8, l925
Once more the death angel has visited our little city of Woodland, and summoned another one of the old settlers.This time the cold hand claimed our old time friend, THOMAS B. ADAIR, who had been in bad health for a number of years.Uncle TOM was born April 7, l85l, being 73 years, 8 months and 2l days old at the time of his death.He grew to manhood among us, hence he was known both far and near.
He was married to NEOMA WOOD, November 9, l879.This union was not blessed with any children, therefore he took a nephew and a niece to rear.Namely, HENRY WOOD and BESSIE MEYERS.These children have proved their real worth as children.He leaves a wife, the two foster children, two brothers and two sisters with many friends to mourn his death.His sister, JANE, was with him a great deal during his last illness, and proved herself a true sister.
He was converted and united with the M.E. Church south and ever afterwards lived a consistent Christian life.In later years, owing to his health, he could not attend church.Yet he never lost his interest in the church and religion.Three weeks before his death, the writer asked him the direct question, "Uncle Tom are you ready to die," his answer was, "I am not afraid to die, I'm ready."Praise God for this statement.He was a man always ready to cooperate with any move that would help the community life, or his fellow men.He could be relied on in all things as a husband and father, he was devoted to his family, his home and his God.Doing his best at all times to make those dependent on him happy and comfortable.His only regret was having to leave his wife alone in this world.His death occurred Sunday, Dec. 28, l924, just going to sleep in Jesus.
His funeral was held from his late home in Woodland, on Monday, being conducted by the Rev. J.M. Tinnelli of Shannon City, Iowa, (who was a long time friend) in the presence of a host of relatives and friends, who came to pay their last tribute of respect.The funeral text was taken from the l6 chapter, and the 22nd verse of Job.After the sermon the body was tenderly borne to the Lineville Cemetery, and there laid to rest.Peace to his ashes.
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