Elijah Herndon


In the death of Elijah C. Herndon, who passed away at his home in Adair Thursday evening, May 2, at 10:30, is taken from our midst another of our good citizens. More than three years ago Mr. Herndon suffered a slight stroke of apoplexy, which had gradually weakened his constitution, but only a few weeks ago did many but immediate family realize that perhaps his days were few. Two weeks on the Sunday before he passed away, while he and his wife were eating supper, he remarked that they were eating their last Sunday supper at the table together, but Mrs. Herndon tried to encourage him that as the weather got warmer that he would improve, but he said no, that he realized he was failing fast and before the next Sunday he was confined to his bed with a nurse in attendance. From then on he failed rapidly and the next Sunday night he had a stroke of paralysis, which entirely paralyzed the right side and rendered him unconscious most of the time until he passed away.

Mr. Herndon was ready to go and he went down in the shadow of the valley in perfect confidence and without fear, for his living had been right, and he passed away as he had lived the good Christian gentleman.

Mr. Herndon followed the occupation of farming in which he was very successful and at his death was the owner of 240 acres of land known as his homestead, four miles west of Adair, where he had a beautiful and comfortable home in which to enjoy his last years.

Mr. Herndon had been a member of the United Brethren church for thirty years and for the past seventeen years had been trustee of the Adair church, and was always faithful to the duties in his charge. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Mystic Workers lodge being a charter member here.

Deceased, son of Mansen and Margaret Herndon, was born in Case country, this state, Nov. 28, 1850. When six years of age he came to this county with his parents, who settled near Pennington Point.

March 20, 1872, he was united in marriage to Lucinda Clark, who survives him. To this union were born then children, namely, Maggie and Grace, who died in infancy, Frank at the age of five, Edith at twenty and Ivy at seventeen years. Those who survive are Wilbur A. of Adair, Howard W., Grand Forks, N. Dak., Fred E., Adiar, Herbert J., in training at Ft. Rosencrans, San Diego, Cal., and Marshall, of Adair. Besides the wife and children, who are left to mourn the death of a kind husband and father, he is also survived by five grand-children, and one great-grandchild, two brothers, Marcellus, of Enid, Okla., Baxter, of Blackwell, Okla., and one sister, Mrs. Mahala Rippe, of Macomb and two half sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly of Doddsville and Mrs. Jane Wooten, of near Table Grove, besides many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the United Brethren church Saturday afternoon at one o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. Rigney, of Bayless, a former pastor, assisted by Rev. E. W. Ellis, pastor of the Adair church. Interment in the Pennington Point cemetery.

In same issue:

Attended Funeral.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral of the late E. C. Herndon Saturday were: Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Tuggle, Mrs. John Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Herndon, Mrs. T. L. Rexroat, Mrs. Sarah Binnie, Mr. Burton Walker, Mrs. Mahala Rippe, and S. E. McCalley of Macomb, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mahr, Mr. and Mrs. Fred McDonoald, of Bushnell, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Maynard, of Blandinsville.

(Adair Beacon, May 11, 1918, submitted by Matthew Ferricks)




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