About 11 o'clock of the night of the 10th day of August, 1880,
Elder Hiram Simonton quietly passed from his earth-life here to his spirit-life
on the other shore. He went to sleep "like one who wraps the drapery of
his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams."
Though his years were not so many as some others, yet he had touched the boundary set for men when it was said, "The days of our years are three score years and ten." These years, after he had come to man's estate, were well filled in by calm, earnest Christian work. For nearly a half century the ministry was his calling. In this field of labor he took great delight, and ever held it an honor of the highest degree to be an ambassador of the anointed One.
On Friday, the 18th day of August, at 11 o'clock A. M., a large congregation gathered in the beautiful chapel in Franklin, Ohio, where solemn religious services were had, in which Brothers Coan, McWhinney, Summerbell, Sever, and McKinney took part, after which the earthly tabernacle of our dear Brother Simonton was laid in the earth, there to rest till the heavens shall be no more.
As it is proposed to hold memorial services in reference to our beloved brother at the next meeting of the Miami Christian Conference, a more extended notice of him as a Christian and a minister will be deferred till then.
A. L. McKinney.
Troy, O, Aug. 17, 1880
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