Hillsboro- Aug 1962 Thursday
Rev. Shuler Dies; Minister Was 102
Rev. J. W. W. Shuler, a long time Methodist minister who told friends 50 years ago that he would live 100 years, died at 5 p m Saturday in a Mexia hospital. He was 102.
He became a minister when he was 30 years old and preached actively until he retired about 25 years ago. In later years he preached on his birthdays.
Funeral services were held in Marshall & Marshall Chapel at 10 a m Monday, with Rev. Guy Perdue, pastor of First Methodist Church, and Rev. W. T. Boulware, retired Methodist minister officiating. Burial was in Ridge Park Cemetery.
Rev. Shuler left more than 100 living descendents; including four children; Dr. R. L. (Bob) Shuler of El Monte, California, and Mrs. H. L. Kidd, Mrs. W. Duke Pittman and Miss Edna Shuler, all of Mexia. A stepdaughter, Mrs. Pauline Davis, lives in Alexander, VA.
His immediate family has produced about 10 ministers.
Rev. Shuler was born in Little Helton, Ash County, N. C. on Oct. 29, 1860. He was about as “far into the mountains as you can find a fellow” he later said.
His father, a preacher and mill owner, moved the family across the state line into Virginia. The elder Shuler served as a Captain in the home guard during the Civil War.
Rev. Shuler attended an academy for nine months and studied at Emery Henry College in Lebanon, Virginia. He was licensed to preach and went into the ministry in 1892, serving first as a circuit rider. He later was district superintendent.
He moved to Texas in 1913, seeking a dry climate for his bronchitis. His new circuit in Texas included Morgan, Kopperl, and Blum. Later he preached over a wide area of Texas, including Graham, Ennis, Coleman, Mart, Itasca, Midlothian, and Valley Mills. He was presiding elder two years in the Cleburne district.
He was awarded an honorary degree by John Brown University at Salon Springs. Arkansas.
When he retired, he farmed for a while near Lake Whitney, then moved to Cleburne. He moved to Hillsboro where he resided at 926 Park Dr. in 1942. His third wife died her (sic) last February.
Rev. Shuler at 100 was still spry and active. He took calisthenics every day, ate well and has a sharp, active mind and a good humor. His only troubles were his eyes and his hearing. “But I can still walk fast”, he said then.
He had a ready explanation for his long life; On his 100th birthday he said, “In the first place, I was reared on a farm and worked from early morning to late at night. When we went to bed, we slept. What this did for me was to make muscles and a good appetite.”
“Also, I didn’t rollick around in the night when I ought to have been asleep. I never used tobacco in any form and never drank alcoholic beverages, unless they were slipped into something I ate and I didn’t know about it. I never put cold carbonated beverages into my stomach when it was hot. And my stomach has always done it’s work nicely for me.”
“Another thing, I resolved long ago to cure every ill I came in touch with, and those I couldn’t, I’d not worry about. Worry never cures anything. That’s important.”
“Also, I think when a man goes to God and talks to Him about the various important things of life-----that helps him. I’ve taken Him into my life as an advisor. I think that has helped me live longer.”
Rev. Shuler quoted the Bible fluently and frequently, illustrating many points in his conversation with Bible verses. He used his own words, too, to express his philosophies of life.
He didn’t think too much of the science vs. religion struggle of today. “God gave us the world to handle and all the billons we’re spending trying to shoot to the moon and to space will never get men where they can live out there.”
“Men can go so far and no further, I’m of the opinion people are now trying to remake the world and the atmosphere. I think if we’d spend the billions sending missionaries to the ends of the earth the devil couldn’t start a war”.