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John Thomas Dempsey
 
John Thomas DEMPSEY was born in Union County, Kentucky, July 10, 1853.  
He departed this life November 3, 1918, at the age of 65y3m23d.  He was 
united in marriage to Martha Arbelle McKINNEY March 29th, 1877.  She was 
the daughter of J. M. McKINNEY of Ina.  To this union were born three children.  
Two of these died in infancy, the youngest, Nannie J. survives him, also 
Minnie B. TAYLER, an adopted daughter.  He professed faith in Christ about 
the year 1882.  He lived a faithful and a devoted Christian life.  He was a 
good neighbor and a true friend to youth and was loved by the children and 
young men and women who were acquainted with him.  He was ordained to the 
gospel ministry by the Free Baptist Church November 7, 1897 and continued a 
successful and active minister until his death.
 
He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, two daughters and three grandchildren, 
namely Vanita TYLER and Lela and Leota TAYLOR.  Two grandchildren, Letha and 
Oral TYLER, preceded him to a better land.  He is also survived by two brothers, 
Samuel C. of Sturgis, Kentucky and Geo. W. of Thebes, IL, also three sisters 
Mary OWENS of Harrisburg, IL, Susan BIRCH of Dow, Okla., and Nannie SPENCE of 
Bicknell, Ind.  Four brothers and one sister preceded him.  Their names were 
Warner W., William, James, Elvis and Martha.
 
The church with which he was associated and the community in which he lived 
will miss his Christian life, and the home he made happy by his kindness and 
love; but while earth is impoverished we feel that heaven is enriched.  So while 
we weep because we love him, yet we are  comforted because of the hope which he professed.

Source: Newspaper Unknown 
Date: November 1918
Submitted by; Mary Zinzilieta



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