Curtiss Bradley Bowyer, was born near Waverly, Aug. 18, 1878. Since about 1890 he has lived in Waverly. An older brother died before Curtiss was born. His mother died some 18 years ago. His father died in Oct. 1896. Soon after his father's death, his mother's sister, Mrs. C. C. Courtney, has had the care of him, for he has been an invalid all his life. But his soul was not crippled. He was of a bright mind and of specially retentive memory, for one deprived of school advantages. He was very grateful for all favors, and would cling very tenderly to his relatives. At about 12 years of age, during a series of meetings, he was seriously concerned and desired the prayers of christians. While praying alone at the barn he became very happy and felt that his conversion, of which he gave very bright evidence, dated from that hour. He greatly desired to be immersed, but it was not thought advisable to administer the ordinance to one in his condition.
It afforded him great joy to hear that the contents of his savings bank had been the means of helping a Shurtliff student after he had packed his trunk to leave school for lack of funds.
He loved to hear the bible read and was comforted in his last sickness by scripture reading and prayer. He desired to depart to the better country, and was granted his desire Sunday, Dec. 13, when his sufferings ceased, and he fell asleep in Jesus, the last member of his family .He was surrounded by kind relatives and friends during his last hours.
Short services were held at the residence Tuesday, Dec. 15, conducted by Rev. T. C. Coffey, of the Baptist church, after which the remains were taken to Union Church, Pisgah, Illinois, accompanied by sorrowing relatives and friends, where the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Coffey. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
Interment was in Union cemetery