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publication and date clipped off, handwritten notation "1929"

H. M. Miller dies at Age of 73 After Long Illness
--- Funeral Held Sunday Afternoon.

After a prolonged illness H[orace]. M. MILLER, 73 years of age and one of Ringgold county's best known and most highly respected citizens, died at his home in south Mount Ayr Thursday morning. Death was not unexpected. Mr. MILLER had been in ill health for several months, during which time he spent several weeks at the Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines, but despite the attention of the most skilled physicians and nurses, he continued to decline, and with perfect resignation and full possession of the faculties of mind, he approached the end with unfaltering faith and confidence.

The death of Mr. MILLER marks the passing of one of Ringgold county's best citizens. Probably no man in the county enjoyed a wider acquaintance or was more highly respected than was he. His entire life was spent in the county and his sterling character was recognized and admired by all his acquaintances.

The large attendance at the funeral which was held Sunday afternoon at the M.E. church, and the beautiful floral tributes, bore testimony to the community's appreciation of the life that had passed. The funeral service was in charge of Rev. E. S. MENOHER, pastor of the M.E. church, who chose as his text the appropriate words found in II Samuel 3:38, "Know ye not that htere is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" Appropriate songs were sung by a double mixed quartet and a beautiful tribute to the life and character of the departed was made in an address by Frank F. FULLER, who was for many years closely associated with Mr. MILLER in official and business life. Following the services at the Church a long train of automobiles carrying relatives and friends formed the funeral cortege which passed to Rose Hill cemetery where the body was laid to rest.

The pall bearers were Thomas MILLER, Clay DENNEY, Joe LINK, John HOOVER, Ward HOOVER and Ralph JENNINGS, nephews of Mr. MILLER.

The following obituary, prepared by Mr. FULLER, was read by him at the funeral service:

On Thursday, April 18th, 1929, at the dawn of a new day, when the birds were jubilant in their morning songs, Horace M. MILLER passed from this life to the life beyond, as calmly and peacefully as he had always lived.

He was born near Lexington, Rockbridge county, Virginia, February 7, 1856, son of James A. and Susan MILLER, who brought him with them to Ringgold county when a mere child, and where he spent his entire life. He was the third son of a family of fifteen children - seven brothers and eight sisters - John W., James H., Horace M., Alexander T., Charles T., Nathan R., Hugh W., Mrs. H. C. DENNEY, Mrs. J. N. HOOVER, Mrs. Phil STUDER, Mrs. C. T. JENNINGS, Mrs. A. L. LYNCH, Mrs. E. O. HOOVER, Mrs. Will LINK, Mrs. C. T. GLENDENNING - ten of whom survive him. The father and mother and brothers, Nathan R., James H., Charles T., and sisters, Mrs. C. T. GLENDENNING, and Mrs. Will LINK, preceded him in death.

He secured his education inthe public shcools of Ringgold county and devoted his earlier life to farming and stock raising. He was united in marriage with Eudora HOOVER March 27, 1884, and just a few minutes before the final separation he clasped her hand in his and was overheard to say, "We have now been together more than 40 years and God has been good to us."

He remained on the farm in Rice township till he was elected sheriff of this county and then moved to Mount Ayr where he has lived ever since. He efficiently served three terms as sheriff, for several years as mayor of Mount Ayr, as member of the county board of supervisors of this county, chairman of Republican Committee and numerous other offices and places of trust as guardian, executor, administrator and trustee of estates, some of which are still pending. His counsel and advice were in constant demand from friends and the general public.

He was a member of the building committee that built this church and on January 28, 1923, united with the M.E. church of Mount Ayr and at once as a member and official became one of its most ardent supporters financially and in every way to promote its best interests.

His word was as good as his bond and his daily christian life above reproach. In his death his numerous relatives and friends and this church and community has sustained a great and irreparable loss.

He left to his wife and numerous friends a beautifully clear testimony of his faith in God and hope of eternal life.


Card of Thanks.

We take this means of expressing our appreciation to our kind neighbors and friends for the many acts and words of kindness and sympathy that helped us in our recent bereavement of our husband and brother. - Mrs. H. M. MILLER and the brothers and sisters.

[Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.]

Submission by Theola Hightshoe Weeda, October of 2012

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

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