Ringgold Record, 1891
Died, at the home of his father-in-law, Mr. Sam'l DOTY in this city, Saturday, May 16, 1891, Mr. J[oseph]. F. KEENEY in the
31st year of his age, from cancer on the face. He was born in Polk county, Iowa, June 7, 1860, was married to Miss
Laura DOTY Oct. 19th, 1879, who with two sons and a daughter now survives him. The cancer first appeared on his lower
lip and was cut out two years ago the 20th of this month. A year ago last August it appeared on his throat and kept
getting rapidly worse until the 12th of last September, at which time he did his last work, the cancer having eaten
nearly across the throat. He went to Eureka Springs, Ark., early in January, remaining seven weeks, but the treatment
failing to benefit him, he came to his wife's parents to die, arriving in Mt. Ayr Feb. 27 last. His faithful wife was
ever at his side, and his aged mother, Mrs. Esther KEENEY, of Blue Ridge, Mo., was also present with him to the last
ministering to his every want. The christian people of Mt. Ayr ably seconded their efforts. All that could be done was done
to alleviate his sufferings, but it was a battle without one ray of hope physically, and yet spiritually he was made
perfect through suffering, giving a bright evidence of his acceptance of the Christian faith and a complete trust in God
for all things. He was a hero and faced death unflinchingly, realizing that to be absent from the body was to be present
with the Lord. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. B. THOMPSON at the M. E. church Sunday, May 17th, at 11 o'
clock, from 2d Corinthians 5:1, and the body which had known so much suffering but was now at rest was laid away in the
south [Rose Hill] cemetery.A CARD OF THANKS.
Ed. Record: - We wish to express, through your
paper, our thanks to the many friends we have met here in Mt. Ayr, who so kindly aided us during the last sickness of our
husband, father, son. May the welcome plaudit, "Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these, ye did it unto me."
be your reward in the Father's home on high.
Mrs. J. F. KEENEY & Family,
Mrs. Esther KEENEY,
Mr. and Mrs. S. DOTY.
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