Thursday, June 11, 2009

John F. Batterson, 1862-1947

The Seymour Herald - 10 April 1947
  Funeral services for John F. Batterson were held at the Ruby Funeral Parlor on Friday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. conducted by J. D. Noland, Christian minister.
  Music was furnished by Mrs. Verda Morrow and Miss Isal Miller with Mrs. Thelma Cain at the piano. Selections were: "Saved By Grace" and "The City Four Square."
  Pallbearers were John Squire, Carl Garretson, Clark Anderson, Harry Ratcliff, Frank Chambers and W. O. Moore.
  The remains were tenderly laid to rest in Philadelphia cemetery.
  John F. Batterson, son of John and Elizabeth Batterson, was born in Washington county, Iowa, Aug. 29, 1862. He departed this life April 2, 1947, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Darrah, 6 miles east of Seymour, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 4 days. He came with his parents to Appanoose county in 1868, where he grew to manhood.
  He was united in marriage with Lena Marvah Houghland October 4, 1888. She preceded her husband in death July 26, 1940. Two children blessed their marriage that are living, William Coe Batterson of Seymour, and Mrs. Regina May Darrah, 6 miles east of Seymour.
  Mr. Batterson's life vocation was farming and stock raising, until he retired and moved to Seymour in 1920 where he remained till the death of his wife. On the account of poor health he went to the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Darrah, where he was cared for until the close of life.
  Mr. Batterson was the last one of his immediate family of seven children, his passing was the last of his father's family. He was true to every obligation of life, a devoted Christian. He confessed his faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, obeyed the Gospel in 1889 and for 58 years he was a devoted Christian. Always looking forward to the great promise given in Rev. 2:10: Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.
  He is mourned in death by his son and family, daughter and family, including 5 grand children, 9 great grandchildren, nephews and nieces, other relatives and a host of friends that loved and admired him for his manly Christian life and devotion to all mankind. 
Card of Thanks
  We wish to thank all of our neighbors and friends for the many kindnesses shown us during the illness and death of our loved one. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
  -- Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Batterson and family
  -- Mr. and Mrs. Earl Darrah and family

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