William E. Rawlings Passes Away at His Home in Durbin Neighborhood.

William E. Rawlings passed away at his home near Durbin Friday evening at 7 o'clock after an illness of about ten days following a stroke of paralysis.

He was born Aug. 12, 1845, in Yorkshire, England, being 74 years and 1 month old at the time of his death. He came to this country at the age of 18 and has since followed the occupation of farming.

He was united in marriage with Miss Eliza Fanning Oct. 20, 1869, and had he lived until the twentieth of next month they would have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Mr. Rawlings was a man with a high Christian character, having become a member of the Methodist church in England where his father was pastor. After coming to this community he joined the Durbin M. E. church of which he remained a faithful and consistent member until his death.

He is survived by his wife, one son, George W. of Geuda Springs, Kan., and one daughter, Mrs. Thos. Oxley, of Durbin. Three children, Charles A., Albert and Minnie, preceded him in death. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Geo. Richardson and Mrs. Faul, of Jacksonville.

Funeral services were conducted from Durbin M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Harry Willard and were largely attended. Music was supplied by the choir and Mrs. Milford Rees sang “Face to Face” as a solo. The many flowers were cared for by Mrs. Nellie Murray, of St. Louis, a niece of Mrs. Rawlings, Mrs. Ada Barcroft, of Jacksonville, Mrs. Clyde Oxley and Miss Rhoda Scott.

Interment was made in Providence cemetery. The bearers were Albert Richardson, Lon Sawtelle, Ottis Leak, Lawrence, Clyde and Cecil Oxley.

(The Franklin Times, September 18, 1919)

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