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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1926

GOOD CITIZEN ENDS HIS LIFE

Funeral Services for John L. HICKERSON Held Sunday Afternoon.

Poignant grief filled the hearts of the people of the community Friday forenoon when it was announced that John L[uther]. HICKERSON, one of Ringgold county's most highly respected citizens had ended his life by hanging in the hay mow of the barn at his home adjoining Mount Ayr on the west. Immediately after the finding of the lifeless body, which was only a few moments after Mr. HICKERSON had left the house, the county coroner, Dr. Samuel BAILEY, and Sheriff Marion STEPHENS were called and investigation revealed the fact a note had been left giving direction as to the funeral.

The death of Mr. HICKERSON cast a shadow of sorrow over the entire community, for no man was better liked or more highly respected. In the Hatfield, Mo., community, where he lived for many years and in Mount Ayr, where he had made his home since 1911, he was known as a man of sterling character; honest in his dealings, kind and generous. Ever of a cheerful disposition, he was a man with whom it was a delight to associate, and at his death the community mourns.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Baptist church, being conducted by the pastor, Dr. Wm. J. COULSTON, who was assisted by Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL, pastor of the M.E. church. The funeral was largely attended by friends and neighbors who came to pay tribute of respect to the deceased and the floral tributes were profuse and beautiful. A long train of automobiles filled with relatives and sympathizing friends followed the remains to the beautiful Rose Hill cemetery where the body was laid to rest.

Mr. HICKERSON had been in ill health for several months as the result of a nervous breakdown. During his illness he had every care and attention, being taken to the hospital in Des Moines for a time and returning home apparently improved in health. He later made a trip to Oklahoma City with the thought that the trip would be beneficial, but despite the best of medical treatment, the tender and loving care of a devoted family, he continued to grow weaker.

John Luther HICKERSON, son of Abraham and Calfernia (sic) HICKERSON, was born in Gallia county, Ohio, September 13, 1874, and departed this life October 15, 1926, at the age of 52 years, one month and two days.

While only one year old he moved with his parents to Harrison county, Missouri, where he grew to young manhood; and was married on January 13, 1897, to Virgie Iona SNEDAKER, who survives him. In 1911 he and his family moved to Ringgold county where his residence has since been maintained.

Eight children came to bless this union, all of whom survive him. They are: J. M. HICKERSON, of Meriden, Conn.; Raymond A. HICKERSON, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; E. W. HICKERSON, of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Amos C. LEE, of Manning, Iowa; Ainslee E. HICKERSON, of Iowa City, Iowa, with his wife, three children, Luther, Loren and Linden, survive him at the family home.

He is also survived by his parents, who live in Mount Ayr, three sisters, Mrs. D. W. THOMPSON of Allendale, Mo.; Mrs. Curtis HALEY of Sumpter, Ore.; and Mrs. H. W. TERRELL, of Des Moines, Iowa; one grandchild, Robert Russel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. HICKERSON, and a great host of relatives and friends.

"When earth's last picture is painted
And the tubes are twisted and dried,
And the oldest colors have faded
And the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest; and faith we shall need it;
Lie down for an eon or two,
Till the Master of all good workmen
Shall set us to work anew.
And those who were good shall be happy;
They shall sit in a golden chair;
And splash at a ten-league canvas
With brushes of comet's hair.
They shall have real Saints to draw from
Magdeline, Peter and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting
And never be tired at all.
And only the Master shall praise them,
And only the Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money
And no one shall work for fame.
But each for the joy of the working
And each in his separate star,
Shall paint the thing as he sees it
For the God of things as they are."

CARD OF THANKS.

We take this means of thanking the neighbors and friends for their help and kindness during the illness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of our husband and father. For every act of kindness, for the sympathy so generously bestowed and for the many floral tributes we are profoundly grateful.
MRS. J. L. HICKESON (sic) AND CHILDREN.

NOTE: Vergie H. (JACKSON) SNEDAKER, wife of John Luther HICKERSON, was born on June 3, 1880, and died on March 23, 1968 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Ainslee E. HICKERSON, son of Virgie and John Luther, was born on May 24, 1904, and died September 28, 1977 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Dr. Luther C. HICKERSON was born December 15, 1913, and died on July 2, 1989 with interment at Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Poweshiek County, Iowa, beside his wife, Ruth (ADAIR). Ruth was born on November 1, 1913, and died on March 30, 1998. They were the parents of three children; Patricia, Susan, and Jeanne HICKERSON.

Loren L. HICKERSON was born in 1918, and died in 1989 with interment at Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa, beside his wife, Ellen (1915-1998). They were the parents of Sally and Kari HICKERSON.

J. "Lindon" HICKERSON was born on April 3, 1923, and died on November 12, 1943 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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