Saturday, December 19, 2015

Snowden Earl Shockley d. March 16, 1904

Died, at his home near Waynesville, Mo., March 16th, 1904 at 11:30 p.m., little Snowden Earl Shockley, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. O.W. Shockley, aged 9 years, 6 months, and 29 days. He was taken sick in school at Waynesville and his ailment was a brain trouble. Although he had all the attention that medical skill could render, together with all that could be done by loving parents, brothers and sisters to alleviate his suffering after a long and distressing illness he was bound to go, tho his bright smiles while at home illuminated the darkest pathway. Oh, how he will be missed, they will be so lonely without him, but we must not wish him back with us. That place at the family table is vacant, which will never e filled. He has run life's toilsome journey here on earth, and now the crown of glory has been won. May God comfort the bereaved parents; he seemed to know during all of his sickness he would not get well. He leaves a heart broken father and mother, two brothers and two sisters, all of whom were at his bedside except Mrs. Cora Stewart who was in the Indian Territory.

The funeral discourse was delivered at the family cemetery by Rev. Manes after which the dear lifeless body of little Snowden was laid to rest.

How sad and sorrowful was the day
When Death his visit made;
We prayed that he might spare
His life, that the sentence e delayed.
But death, an unbidden guest, enters
All of our homes, and takes with him
Some loved ones, ah, 'tis sad, very sad.
She gave up her only child,
Who was the only hope she had,
For whom she toiled, for whom she prayed,
For whom her proudest plans were laid,
God in his wisdom has he recalled,
The bourne his love hath given;
And though the body slumbers now,

The soul is safe in Heaven.

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