Monday, June 18, 2012

Robert McEntire Breeden 1873-1907

A Brother has Passed Away

A model man in the person of R. M. Breeden is no more on earth; he passed away Sunday, September 29, 1907 at 4 o'clock.

Deceased was born in the southwest part of Maries County May 6, 1873. That place now seems to the writer a garden of Eden: 'How dear to my heart are the scenes of my childhood.' On this farm Robert lived until the 29th of March 1890 when he with his parents moved to the old home farm in the south part of Pulaski County.

He was a son of J. W. and Cordelia Rowden Breeden and a grandson of Robert Rowden deceased. The grandson being named for the grandfather and he carried with him the features and actions of his grandfather.

He made a profession of religion in the winter of 1897 while attending a protracted meeting which was conducted by Rev. Lacklider. He and two sisters Dollie and Livilla were attending school at that time at Dixon.

On September 18, 1898 he was married to Miss Etta Dye, daughter of Colonel Dye of Big Piney.

What can we say of brother Robert that would be justice, he was a good brother, an obedient son, a loving husband and father. A dutiful official and was serving his third term as surveyor of Pulaski County. His vacant seat will be noticed in the Sunday school and more especially in the home by his dear wife and sweet little baby who will never know a father's love.

Relatives, friends and associates, Rob has gone, the staff has dropped from his hand, his arm and heart has ceased to pulsate. The sparkling glean of cheerful eye has been forever dimmed, and his pure mind ceased to work and gone to bathe in the rays of a son that throws the light of life upon a better land. Let us all try to emulate the record he made, so when the last roll is called you can meet your God in peace and enjoy the dreams of a well spent life.

Seven of his brothers and sisters were present, Clint, Charlie, George, Roberta Skidmore, Dollie Haynes, Nina Cook and Eva Sullins of Cookville. Joseph of Colorado and Lavilla Singleton of Arkansas were the absent ones.

Service were held at the home by the Baptist minister at 2 o'clock p.m. after which the A.F.& A.M., and I.O.O.F. orders took charge. The crowd was estimated at 1,000. Interment in Big Piney cemetery at 4:00.

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