Decatur County Journal-Iowa Thursday, August 4, l92l
JOHN EDWARD GRAY was born Aug. l9, l9l3, at the home of his grandparents, MR. and MRS. ED FLORA, near Davis City, Decatur County, Iowa, and departed this life July 29, l92l, being at the time of his death, 7 years, ll months and l0 days old. He leaves to mourn his early departure a loving father, mother and little sister, OPAL, two grandfathers, two grandmothers, two great grandmothers, one great grandfather, two own uncles, JUD FLORA, of Davis City, and HUBERT GRAY, of Leon; five aunts, namely, MINNIE LAFOLLETTE, RENNY GREENWOOD, FRANCES GREENWOOD, VETES HAGEN, GRACE HAGEN, and thirteen own cousins. While EDDIE's life was of short duration here, it leaves a memory that will never die; the vacant place in the home can never be filled and while our hearts are broken with grief, yet we say, Thy will be done, oh God. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
His death was caused by the dreaded disease, diphtheria, which he bore without ever once complaining. His only request to those around him was, "Pray for me." His whole faith and trust was in Jesus, in whose arms he fell asleep without a struggle. The last words he said as he threw his arms around his papa's neck was "Papa, pray for me." Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Funeral services were held in front of the house at the home of his grandfather, ED FLORA, in Davis City, at whose place he was visiting at the time of his death. The lesson was read from the 2lst chapter of Revelation by Rev. Charles Dobson, who spoke words of love and sympathy to the grief-stricken parents and grandparents, relatives and friends. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Davis City.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert May l5, 2002 "With permission of the Leon Journal Reporter"