Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fred Adrian York 1907-1985

Fred Adrian York was born a son of Joseph Andrew and Martha Ann (Storie) York on June 2, 1907 in Waynesville, Missouri and departed this life Monday afternoon, May 20, 1985 at the Pulaski County Memorial Hospital in Waynesville, having attained the age of 77 years, 11 months, and 18 days.

Fred lived most of his life in Pulaski County. He was united in marriage to Ruby Lea Welch on October 14, 1933. To this union two children were born: Martha Lou and Marjorie Lea (Dee).

As a young man, Fred accepted Christ as his Savior and joined the First Baptist Church of Waynesville. When the Mt. Gibson Baptist Church was organized he became a charter member. He was ordained as Deacon on January 10, 1971. Fred was faithful to his Lord from the time he accepted Christ until his death.

Fred was well known in the community for his work in caring for the elderly. In his early years he was administrator of the “County Farm” and later had a grocery store, feed store, gas station, and the last 35 years he ran a home for elderly people. Until Fred’s health forced his retirement, most of his life was spent caring for others.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of the home; two daughters and son-in-laws, Martha and Gary Burgess and Marjorie and Jim Lane all of Waynesville; six grandchildren, Johnny Burgess, Elaine Burgess, Pam Burgess, Debbie Davis, Donna Thomas, and Manuela (Nilly) Rivera; one sister, Pansy Mae Williams of Waynesville and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Martha York; his brothers, Tommy Melvin, Lester Wayne, Elmer Clinton, Wilbur Smith, and his sister, Lena Lillian Roberson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 23, 1985 at the Mt. Gibson Baptist Church with the Revs. Norman Sanders, Richard Breeden, Frank Norman, and Dale Hufft officiating.

Music was provided by Lisa Schwandt, soloist, accompanied by Mary Morgan, organist.

Serving as escorts were Bob Biram, Dwane Hendrix, Bobby Roberson, Darrel York, Harold York, and Ken York.

Honorary escorts were: Emory Gan, Delbert Johnson, Claude Laughlin, Jerry Laughlin, Elmo Storie, and Ronnie Wilson.

Burial was in the Mt. Gibson Cemetery under the direction of the Waynesville Memorial Funeral Chapel.

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